I got back into studying Japanese again at the start of the year. Language has always been a daunting road and because I tend to get discouraged and go off comforting myself with something I am good at (drawing?) instead.
I have kept up a daily of learning kanji through a site/app called WaniKani. I have I have reached level 11 of WaniKani so far! If I am using more and more kanji in my posts, it’s because I actually know what the kanji says now, my dudes. もう一同日本へ行ったら、アニメの会社に働きたい、でも日本語を勉強する事は難しいです。
I really love WaniKani because it’s an easy way chip away at learning language on a daily basis, as opposed to formally taking a weekly class (which I also have been doing.) This leads to the second part of my post where I share some recent art, mostly heaps of daily gesture sketches from tram rides. I find it really hard to scan older sketchbooks cause I burn through them so fast lol.
So if you’re prowling around asking random internet artists how to ‘get a job in animation‘ or even just ‘wanting to improve in drawing/animation‘ (the better question)…I can’t stress the value and power of observation enough. The hard-to-swallow medicine for improving is….
- loving to observe actual people,animals and places.
- passion for drawing characters and stories
- stubbornness and persistence to keep pursuing art no matter what
- keeping the above as daily habits for years on end and…
- not making excuses!
If you don’t see the value in life sketching….1) I’m very afraid…and 2) read the Walt Stanchfield ‘Drawn to life’ lectures ok. I would like to keep up blogging about my philosophy on art, maybe someday people will read this blog, but until then, I enjoy stream-of-consciousness-ranting-into-the-void as a cathartic way of coping with a very stressful weird year. Later.