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There is a shark fin in your tumblr title. Evolution complete.
my final form.
I think your animation works, drawings and worldbuilding are phenomenal and breathtaking. I'm in awe. I also adore your other blogs. Even if I know education plays a rather small part in art skill, I was curious as to what college you attended? And also while I'm at it, could you tell me what it requires to become an animator, or just to animate in general? Thanks in advance ^-^
gosh dang, thank you so much for all the kind words!
I graduated the wrocław academy of fine arts with a degree from the department of media art. it was a very poor experience and essentially hindered my artistic and creative development for 4 years and ruined my physical and mental health in the process haha 0/10 would not recommend. there are art schools and universities out there that can greatly benefit their students in terms of building, exploring and honing artistic skills, but mine was pretty dreadful for both me as a person and the direction I’ve been working towards developing, and had nothing to do in shaping the skills I showcase online and hinge my future on. _(┐「ε:)_
as for your animation question— to be honest, I’m not really sure what such requirements could be! I doubt there are any you need to fulfill other than being able to learn and draw (as I’m assuming you’re asking about traditional animation). animation is far from easy and very time-consuming, both in the process of learning and execution, but as long as you’re willing to take it up and keep at it, I think that’s all you really need to get started!
Hey,first i have to say that your art is amazing, i like the way you simplify forms. Well, you might have seen a question like this before, if so, im really sorry. I'm a beginner and sometimes i get discouraged to draw, how do you keep motivated, and how do you improve? should i buy books and look for any kind of resources?
in terms of strictly technical aspects, a good grasp on all your proverbial ‘artistic bases’ really helps in the long run. drawing from photo references can be helpful, but in my experience drawing from life is a much more valuable learning experience, as there is only so much idea of anatomy, form, light and depth a 2D image can convey. if you can take still life and/or figure drawing classes, I would really recommend doing so, and not just one or two lessons, but taking it up as consistent practice. and a tip for further down the road - learning animation can be a very valuable tool for understanding dynamics, movement and flow. I wouldn’t say it’s by any means necessary, but if you have the aptitude, it’s definitely helpful to explore.
in terms of motivation and improvement, the only base rule that I know works for sure is to simply keep drawing, no matter what. art is a skill that is improved like any other, over a period of time and with hard work. getting better isn’t something that happens overnight, and over the (usually) years of practice, it’s hardly ever done easily. you’ll make mistakes, you’ll get frustrated at your perceived shortcomings, you’ll get insecure by seeing other artists who you think are ahead of you. the drawing you’ll be proud of one day might be your shame within a month, or a week, or hell, even a single afternoon. you’ll set out to experiment and break your comfort zone as people often (and reasonably) recommend you to do, and man, sometimes it will be too hard, and sometimes you will NOT like the results, even though it was supposed to help. and then there’s that annoying phase when all you see is mistakes and you just don’t seem to know how to fix them, or worse, if you do, you just can’t seem to do it no matter how hard you try.
and gosh dang, don’t even get me started on art blocks.
as far as my experience goes, these things persist in one way or the other, over and over again, for as long as you keep on going.
with all that said, though, there is a silver lining to all of it, even if it may be hard to see at the time. beginnings are always difficult, as is the journey itself. but all that time, all this time, you will only keep moving forward and improving. you will only ever keep getting better. as long as you don’t stop, one day you will get where you wanted to be and when you climb that mountain, I bet you will see just how much further you can still keep going, and in how many different, new and exciting ways.
so godspeed and best of luck in present and future endeavors, and I hope you’ll find something useful in what I had to say.
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