Wanikani review + gesture dump

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. もう一同日本へ行きたいです。多分将来で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.

baby goat feat. animator feelings

I made a little cutie baby goat animation to tie into the LoopdeLoop May theme of ‘Baby’. I’ve been getting alot of messages from people on Instagram asking If I would animate for them. Of course I’m flattered by this, but my current job is so demanding I only have time and mental energy for personal work. Even then, there’s not enough hours in the evening for that! It’s actually getting a bit out of hand with the ‘animate my ___’ messages, unless you have Dreamworks tier money, please…don’t….

For me, hand-drawn animation has the most devastatingly beautiful potential out of any art form. It just is the absolute best. If drawing can be such a joy, traditional animation takes that ecstasy and amplifies it into something even more mind blowing. I’ve recently started appreciating the refinement, planning and patience of traditional animation, and how if you have the draftmanship and ability, there are infinite possibilities to what you can create.  All I know is if my brain enters a blissful-mushy-state induced by animating (and also maybe my playlist of Enigma songs next to other Enigma songs) that I must be doing something right!

東方[Touhou] animations

A few months ago I started short animation in homage to the Touhou Project game “Mystic Square”. I’m a massive long time Touhou Project overall (2013 was ages ago yall’).

Not everyone can appreciate the sheer adrenaline rush from playing the games, they almost always have a masterful soundtrack that accompanies absolutely B R U T A L gameplay. The joy I get from Touhou is hard to express, but animation is the most perfect medium to try doing so. Here are just some progress GIFS. Can’t say if I’ll finish it since I tend to drop interest in long projects like a hot potato lol, and I feel like the animation is already outdated. Onto other things.

This is the storyboard animatic I did.