Friday, October 21, 2011

Frustration in Animation

Just want to Voice a little rant on animation. I have been basically chasing a dream to be an animator like my whole life and I feel like I am loosing my drive to want to chase after the dream anymore.

I have wanted to be an animator since I was like 11. I thought I did all the right things. I finished high school at a school for visual arts. I went to college and studied art with a major emphasis on figure drawing and life studies. I tried to study animation at KCAI cause I heard if you went there you could get into the industry but they were ending there illustration program by the time I got out of high school all there was was fine art.

I left UMKC and tried to find a place to study flash or just any form of animation for like 4 years jumping form school to school and still found nothing.

I found out about the Joe Kubert and I packed up my life and moved to the west coast and I met some amazing people had an awesome animation teacher and even got my first job as a freelance illustrator but still no animation career.

I met Dan Haskett and then he moved away and eventually went back to cali to work at Warner Brothers.He is still a great mentor to me. Then some kind of way I ended up back in Missouri and freelancing and helping to run Mapa.

Still no animation career. I always say I was born ten years too early or ten years to late. When I was coming out of high school and then later college all the major animation training grounds were closing down and 3d was taking over. Then when things were resurrecting I needed to be fresh out of college to get into a studio so I went back to school and still ended up not really getting things the way I wanted.

It can be kinda disheartening. After years of dreaming and not feeling like my work was good enough I still cant even manage to get a crappy art job as an illustrator in a studio anywhere. I start to feel like I am just in all the wrong places at all the wrong times.

When opportunities do pop up I can even take advantage of them many times because of financial issues.

I am curious how many artists and want to be animtors are out there just like me trying to do all the right things and not really getting anywhere.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Animating on beat with Don Bluth

I want to get these dvds. but the site is down. I think it is interesting. I have heard the best way to learn is animating to music.

buy on amazon

Friday, October 7, 2011

Ok this is impressive!

I am very Inspired by this. All I could think the entire time was HOW THE HECK DO THEY DO THAT!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


A new face book page Sprang up showing love to the history of black animators. I am very excited about this. Learning a lot. and the main pages Pic is Dan Haskett.

Please check it out and go learn something.!/pages/African-American-Animators-Past-Present/211281015572088

The Pioneer Series: Those Who Paved The Way

I really want to resurrect this place. Tweening Art has been up for a while as a resource for myself for animation vids and info. I really want to get my passion for animation back.

Lets start with this little interesting bit oh info!

The Pioneer Series: Those Who Paved The Way from Creative Talent Network on Vimeo.