Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Some friends and I went up to Burbank two and a have weeks ago for the CTN Animation Expo and I left feeling like my life had been changed. That sounds a bit heavy and I don't mean like finding Jesus sort of life changing but it was artistically a big bundle of encouragement, inspiration, clarity, awakening ... I really felt at home there. The animation crowd was so happy and light spirited compared to the video game arts crowd I've been immersed in for the last 10 years. I dug it. And the level of artistic skill was through the roof! Anyway, my immediate goal that I started on as soon as I got home was to really learn how to draw. So I've been drawing like there's no tomorrow. I started a sketchbook at the expo and finished it tonight so here's a few of the pages from it. I'll start a new one tomorrow. The milestone I set for myself was six months from the expo. So, I'm going to cram as much study and practice as I can into my head in the next six months and see where I land. I'll set a new goal after that. I'm drawing from photos and life a lot but forcing myself to caricature what I'm seeing, trying to focus on personality and story. I haven't had so much fun at art in over a year!