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I've missed browsing this site so much. This is the first time I've been able to use it extensively in months, as its blocked at my college for no fucking reason whatsoever. I've e-mailed the IT dept. several times and I've got nothing. P much everytime I've been able to use NG, its been at somewhere where I can access public wireless like a fucking McDonalds or something. Plus, I've just been busy as all fuck. As such there's a big fucking dump of words below:
Fucking DESTROYED my first semester of animation school. I'm flourishing and despite a lot of the issues I have with the school (cough cough it's full of unmotivated losers who don't give a shit about animation and are literally wasting their time/money and don't deserve to be attending one of the top animation schools internationally cough cough, more on that in a minute) I'm working really hard and I fucking love it.
Before I get onto what I've been doing with my work let me drop some thoughts about college. If you don't care about this/don't want to be bombarded with negativity then skip down below.
EDIT: Should probably add I'm not talking about EVERYONE obviously. I've met a lot of really cool and talented people at college. It's just that I've dealt with a lot of what I'm about to go into in the next paragraph.
DON'T FUCKING GO TO SCHOOL FOR ANIMATION IF YOU ARE NOT 100% POSTIVE THAT YOU WANT TO BE AN ANIMATOR HOLY FUCKING SHIT. For me, this is all I've ever done and all I've ever wanted to do. It was never a question. When I was a little kid I would draw my own characters and create puppets out of them, when I was 9/10 I started very basic stop motion shit, 11/12 I was trying out sprite animation, and by 13 I'd taught myself flash. Granted, I wasn't "good" at all for a very long time, I got shit on by the community a good bit, but that shit's entirely nessecary and in fact I'm grateful for it. It made me get better. Maybe I'm just bitter because I'm so hopelessly dedicated to this shit but I can't tell you how many people I've ran into who switched majors last minute, who joined the major because "idk I liked to draw in high school and animation seemed fun", or who dick around during class time and get like three drawings done over the duration of six hours. Maybe this is just freshmen slackerdom but god damn, seeing people act so flippantly about something I've dedicated my entire life to feels like a slap in the fucking face. Aside from a handfull of my classmates I can't think of more than 10/15 people I've met who are really hungry and really fucking want it, and I know so many people from the NG community that are much much more deseriving of the position. People playing video games during lectures, watching youtube during drawing class, and being totally complacent with spending their life's savings to do no REAL work whatsoever and scrambling to get the homework/finals/whatever done the night before class. It's infuriating but at the same time it makes me work all that much harder. All the negativity aside, being in an environment where I'm being taught by industry veterans as well as surrounded by a select number of students who actually inspire/challenge me is really great. There's so many resources at my disposal and truthfully I don't think I've ever been in a better position in my entire life. I've seen so much improvement in my work in the small amount of time I've actually been there. Which, brings me to what I actually came here to write about:
My work! There's been a bunch of it so I'm breaking this shit down into sections:
Here's a sketchbook dump of some stuff I've been drawing/doodling over the past semester, some in my free time and some for class. Clocks in at 115 pages. This is about 1/3rd of the amount of drawing work I've done, I didn't deem the others really worth displaying to anyone at all. I've finished 4 of my "regular" sketchbooks, 1 hardcover, 1 watercolor sketchbook, and 2 large drawing pads. Check that out at the link below:
----> http://imgur.com/a/qtqyp <----
--Fucking Animating, Obviously:
I've been animating for class pretty much exclusively aside from test stuff I've done on my own time with friends/independently. It's my first time working with animating on paper, which (in my opinion) FORCES improvement. You can't just undo, and you can't play your cartoon over and over and watch it to make sure everything works. You fucking hammer those basic principles into your head until they stick or else you're shooting a cartoon for an hour only to figure out that you added too many/too little frames or some drawings don't work or whatever. My animation teacher worked on Looney Tunes, Johnny Bravo, Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Doug, and worked hand in hand with Bakshi on multiple cartoons. It's been really great being able to have him critique my stuff and I feel like I've learned and made leaps and bounds just from watching him.
I did every excercise for class at least twice for practice's sake (sometimes three times), and ended up getting my final done three weeks early. It's all fairly basic stuff but it's been very helpful going back over the principles I tried to teach myself when I was younger with a greater understanding/experience. I've not had time to upload them all to my site yet but in the meantime you can see most of the completed ones in .GIF form at the links below.
In addition to these I animated a ball bounce in perspective and a box moving but i didn't like either of those enough so here are the ones I like:
--Storyboarding a new film!
Technically we're not supposed to be storyboarding until the second semester but after a number of meetings with my Story Pitch teacher (who is the best damn teacher I've ever had and is functioning somewhat as a mentor to my friend Max and I), he offered to work as a Producer on a film I've had growing like a tumor in the back of my mind for a while. He fancies me the next Bakshi which is the heftiest fucking compliment I've ever recieved. For the film I've already written the screenplay and storyboarded about 12 pages out of it. My out of class "assignment" is to complete the storyboards and complete at least a minute of the film by the end of the second semester. After talking with my animation teacher I'm gonna be able to animate the film in his class, and animate it digitally despite most students not working digitally until second year. Not trying to stroke my own dick here or anything but I'm proud of myself. Since college began I've been a fucking workhorse. The film's a departure from everything else I've ever done and I hope you all really dig it. Gonna be having a lot of help from @Fantishow on it, who's one of my closest friends and favorite artists and you should definitely check his stuff out too.
--Reading art books/studying art and film:
I read the Preston Blair book cover to cover which is most vital thing I've ever read and if you're an animator and haven't read that shit cover to cover fucking do that right now. (Thanks to the homie @keeganmcfly for reccomending that. he is a sweetheart and is a fucking amazing artist and super underrated so go support him rn thanks) Additionally, I studied a good bit of Force Dynamic Life Drawing (thx @binarydood & @rikert) and Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist (Thx @ my friends drawing teacher). Plus been studying film a bunch. Trying to better my shot composition/visual storytelling. Some of the films that made the most impact on me over the past lil bit have been Scorsece's Casino, Paisolini's Salo (12 Days of Sodom), Bakshi's entire filmography (spcifically Fritz, Heavy Traffic, Coonskin and Wizards), De Palma's Carrie, and Anno's Shin Godzilla. Studying a lot of John K, Chuck Jones, Preston Blair, Bakshi, and friends I look up to as well.
--Collabing with homies:
Gonna drop the links for all this at the end of the paragraph! I did sound design for my friend Max's (without an NG account for now, that's gonna change soon) first semester reel. He's got the strongest work ethic of damn near anyone I know and is a natural to animation. His stuff is amazing and he's literally never animated prior to this. I also worked as the partial writer/live action host for the New Wave Halloween Collab a while back. I did some writing with @Fantishow for his film (which ended up getting cut due to school regularions), and wrote out a sketch with my good friend and favorite comedy boy @Pjorg which may or may not come to fruition in the coming months depending on how much free time I have. I've also been helping out Max (friend from college mentioned earlier) with writing and we've been spitballing cartoon ideas back and forth for a while now. Additionally I've been helping my girlfriend @kayland with her animation work and we've been exchanging info/critiquing eachother a lot on our art and I've learned a ton. She's super motivated, creative, and has an incredible work ethic but I'm gonna try and keep the gushing to a minimum lol
LINKS TO THE STUFF MENTIONED IN THIS SECTION!
Max's Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LRe48OEKIc
New Wave Halloween: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/683344
Fantishow's Film (sans the parts I wrote): http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/685417
All that work in addition to living on my own for the first time (and all the cleaning, groceries, upkeep etc that comes with that), networking, attempting to keep a somewhat consistent social life (both online and at college), being involved in a serious relationship, and travelling back and forth between Manhattan and my hometown and my girlfriends place has kept me as busy as a motherfucker.
Aaaaand can't post an update on NG without mentioning that I got the newgrounds logo tattoo'd on my arm, as it's the reason I got started animating and I've been browsing for literally 10 years at this point. When I got tatted I wanted it to be something that's been consistent through my life and I couldn't think of anything that'd been more consistent than NG. Even if for whatever reason something severs my ties with the good ol 'grounds I think there's value in having it as a physical manifestation of a large chunk of my life. Please message me about how I'm gonna regret it in a year though, that joke is very original and funny (lookin at you boisvert @thundaboom)
So there's my last couple months I guess! Here's hoping IT finally replies to my emails and NG gets unblocked.
FLIKKERNICHT 2016 XOXO
(PS, If you missed them please do me a favor and check out all these recent films by friends/people I respect. They deserve it more than I do)