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.

People often message me asking how to get into animation. The hard-to-swallow medicine is…

  • loving to observe people,animals, places and life.
  • joy of drawing from imagination too.
  • passion for 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!

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. 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.

Beatboard project

Lately I got on a roll of of approaching illustrations in a film ratio and with the same spontaneity I create storyboards, so closer to what ‘beat boards’ mean to me.  This means focusing on clarity, foreground, mid and background, simple expression and mood everything else. I feel like if I can keep working towards cinematic images I’ll become a better story artist and animator. Both storyboarding and animation are absolutely inseparable to me. This is because animation isn’t just characters flopping around, but how they exist in a world.

Also surprise surprise, more fanart. Hetalia was a series that I was super into when I was about 15. It’s precious to me because the awesome fan works created in the heyday of the series was absolutely crucial to me as a young artist. I will also defend it as a series that helped me ace history in highschool. My fave boy Russia only made me a little bit obsessed with Russian history, culture and art. Just a littttleee bit~

I’m starting to put signatures on all of my art because recently certain obnoxious people still think it’s ok to steal art. Actually, it’s gotten worse. There is a culture of all online content being up-for-grabs, however it’s only turned into this because people like to mash up content for their own Youtube and social media content. Why work hard on your own animation when you can rip off someones? Yuck.

I feel like screaming and tearing at my hair (again) by remembering recent annoying encounters but I know its not the end of the world. At the end of the day, thieves and liars don’t land jobs. They don’t make their own art that matters. Even if they do fool people, some of us have a strong moral compass. So yeah. Vent done, over and out.

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 for personal work. Even then, there’s not enough hours in the evening for that!

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!