In terms of recent things fresh in my mind (before I completely forget this year); I went to a yoga sutra talk this last weekend and had an amazing friend give my work computer a massive hardware boost. I also caricatured myself a new avatar. Staring at old art is the biggest of all pet peeves of mine. The way other people perceive me is probably varying, but long features, scraggly hair and naturally furrowed eye brows is happily how I will see myself.
I bought TVpaint 11 Professional edition and am transitioning over into using that for my animations. I still have a long way to go to before I feel confident in this program, but I definitely see how it speeds up colouring heaps. Hand-drawn animation will always be intimidating for me, but I’m always drawn back to it constantly. A big thing I wanna preach about with every blog post is it takes heaps of bravery to attempt animation. Especially doing full hand-drawn where every decision for every micro-movement has a consequence as it flows into another.
It’s one thing to be an animation fan, or maybe dabble in do a copied drawing of characters, but it’s a whole different level of intensity to to put in the hours of trying to create a performance out of nothing. I love both limited animation and ‘full’ animation, but all I know is some people have managed to create insanely immersive hand-drawn animation, so I keep aiming for that level, to better understand timing and such. Of course, I could just do 5 drawings and call it done, but I don’t want to lol.
One of the things I learnt about yoga philosophy is how doing things that ‘create fire’ are the things that are so good for you in order to grow, this means things that aren’t in your comfort zone. This absolutely is animation for me. My philosophy on art has expanded the more Iv’e learnt about Yoga philosophy and apply it in the (gruelling yet enjoyable) classes and in daily life. I am not specifically an intellectual person. Instead art for me is an expression of love, love of spontaneous, subconscious movement, like a change that is part of nature. In short, wanting to communicate some sort of energy; emotional and/or physical, is important to me. You can read any animation book to hear about drawing principles, but feeling the joy of movement is special.
Attending well past 100 Vinyasa classes since being back in Adelaide a year has had it’s affect on me. I may sound loopy, however I have actually always been like this, only I just found a 2500+ year old philosophy to back up my beliefs. Bye for now!