I used to be afraid of seeing artists more talented than me.
(Honestly, I kinda still am.)
This is silly, because I’M NOT THAT GOOD.
I honestly don’t think I’m the best artist or animator there is. That’s REALLY obvious to me. In fact, I’m GLAD I’m not the best there is, especially at my current talent level.
What a sad world that would be!
I’m glad there are better artists and animators than I am. Really, I am. Because I get to learn from them!
I just have to get rid of the fear that tries to creep in, whenever I see some awesome work like this or this or this. Because that fear will beat me down, make me want to quit. It’ll tell me that I’m not that good (true), and that I can never be that good (false).
Fear is an obstacle to inspiration.
I’m amazed it’s taken me this long to even figure out that I need to figure this out.
Not sure if anyone else out there is in the same boat, but if you are?
Just be inspired, man.
If someone’s better than you, good! If you look at it the right way, it won’t hurt you, but help you.
If you’re not the best [whatever you do] in the world, good! That means you have someone to help you get better.
Some good advice from Aaron.
Nothing more counter-productive to creativity than fear, nothing more toxic than jealousy.
*sighs* *tries to do better*
I made a new avatar, Lisa Frank style, because I was tired of the other one already.
Colors are just… so fun…
SPACE! STARS! SCIENCE! I went to the Hayden Planetarium today, and got rather excited/amazed about it all.
My favorite part was when they talked about how all the elements are created first within stars, making everything in the universe including ourselves the products of stars, of light and energy.
And then, because I’m a nerd, I kept thinking of Yoda explaining to Luke,”…Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.”
And I thought, science is kind of beautiful.
Warm-up sketch. This guy seems to show up in a lot of things I’ve read lately…
Hrm. I really need to practice drawing more male-type people.
Character sketch for an illustration I’m doing featuring myself as a child. Ten points if you also rocked the gathered-baggy-tee at some point.
Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise
Yeah! I’m so proud!!! My sister Charlotte posted a thing to her tumblr as I’ve been bugging her to do for many months. She draws some quite good fanarts and OC’s AND she’s a great actor and writer and super funny and cool.
I’m looking forward to more posts. Going to hold you to it, Char :P
Q:Wait, did you go to BYU?
I did :)
This shot was a ton of fun to do. It wasn’t storyboarded this way (it was much simpler, just him looking at her head then looking up), but Jeff and the Laurens thought we could have more of a character moment here, so they left it to me to figure out.
After a while I realized that since Estefan can do anything, I’d try thumbnailing the wildest poses of him examining her head and trying to come to grips with her baldness (and come up with an idea of how to do her “hair”).
The shot ended up being about 17 seconds longer than originally intended, but I’m happy to say that everyone loved the new story beat, and it made the cut.
Our student film Estefan recently took first for animation at the student Emmy’s! I worked on concept and then graduated and didn’t see any of it for a long time, so it’s really fun to see how it came together. The character animation especially turned out really awesome.
Anyways, my friend Aaron Ludwig animated this shot. There are a few more clips on his tumblr and you should all go follow him.
Stop comparing where you’re at with where everyone else is. It doesn’t move you farther ahead, improve your situation, or help you find peace. It just feeds your shame, fuels your feelings of inadequacy, and ultimately, it keeps you stuck. The reality is that there is no one correct path in life. Everyone has their own unique journey. A path that’s right for someone else won’t necessarily be a path that’s right for you. And that’s okay. Your journey isn’t right or wrong, or good or bad. It’s just different. Your life isn’t meant to look like anyone else’s because you aren’t like anyone else. You’re a person all your own with a unique set of goals, obstacles, dreams, and needs. So stop comparing, and start living. You may not have ended up where you intended to go. But trust, for once, that you have ended up where you needed to be. Trust that you are in the right place at the right time. Trust that your life is enough. Trust that you are enough.
I wanted to test out some brushes I downloaded from Dommifox and, well, since Eleanor & Park is still on the brain and I enjoy drawing big hair, I decided to sketch mean-girl TIna. The hair quickly got out of control… oh well. I am reminded of an old-school Glamour Shot. Anyone ever get those done? I did. Pretty sure my hair looked something like that.
Anyways. It was fun. Kinda want to give everyone in my illustrations 80’s hair now…
And the brushes are great! Thanks Dommifox!