— Mark Andrews, refering to Brad Bird in the Ratatouille artbook.
— Pete Docter (To Infinity and Beyond: The story of Pixar Animation Studios)
Phil McAndrew offers up solid advice for young cartoonists and illustrators. From my own experience, every word is true, but especially this:I’ve tried many different methods of self promotion. I’ve sent out postcards in the mail, I’ve tried shmoozing at conventions, I’ve sent cold emails and have considered cold calling art directors (I’m still considering it). The most effective thing I’ve done has actually been the simplest: Draw awesome stuff and put it on the internet. Do this for a while and good things will happen.
15 inspirational secrets from the illustrator Keri Smith.
10. Worrying about the competition does very little to help your career. I know it’s hard sometimes to ignore what other people are doing (we all think that others are doing better than us), but every one of us is on a different life path. We are all here to accomplish different things and even though it would seem like one person’s path is similar to yours, it is not.
I made this list for myself a year ago when I was feeling frustrated and unmotivated (that first East Coast Winter is a doozy) and taped it to my studio wall. Yesterday it ended up on Boing Boing!
I find it very helpful to make up rules for myself, even if I end up ignoring half of them (I haven’t really turned the internet off since 1998). No list can be one size fits all, so here’s my one bit of prescriptive advice: Make your own list, custom-tailored to what you do and how you work!
And as for other things like this on the internet (there are lots), I highly, highly recommend:
I’m a couple days behind posting this, but with the weekend being what it was, I suppose better Monday than never. Anyways, Jerrod and the fine folks at The Pixar Times approached me to contribute to their regular Pixart feature. Best. Offer. Ever!
Picking a single film to be inspired by is nigh impossible. It’s like picking the best chip in a chocolate chip cookie! Instead I offer you this: Geri’s Pet Store featuring something from every film or unique short (ones not based on a main feature) up until Spring 2011.
Happy viewing! Oh and be sure to check the other subs right here.
I had to reblog this, it’s so awesome @_@ I wish it would be available as a poster
Animacion: “I’m a Monster” por Headless Studios.
Asi quiero llegar a animar algun dia <3
Oye Juaco, mira.
Ojala hubiera visto este video hace un par de años, no dibujaba NADA por miedo a que quedara mal. Muchas croqueras vacias de esa epoca. Cuando deje de preocuparme y me decidi a solo rayar, lo empece a pasar bien dibujando otra vez y de paso creo que empece a mejorar.
We are all beautiful people but also strange in some ways. We all have psychological quirks that whisk us though life, along many paths that often are not really of our own choosing. Why did we choose art for a career - certainly not because we were good at it. If we were good at it we wouldn’t have to struggle so hard to make a go of it. But we plug along, each at out own pace, some eager and industrious in improving ourselves - some of us sit back and wait for the “light” to come on. Some of us are driven by some invisible urge to create. Others need some project imposed on us from outside to stir us into action.
Animation has a unique requirement in that it’s rewards are vaguely rewarding and at the same time frustrating. We are performers but our audience is hidden from us. We are actors but there is no appaluse. We are artists but our works are not framed and hung on walls for friends to see. We are sensitive people whose sensibility is judged across the world in dingy theaters by sometimes popcorn eating audience. Yet we are called upon day by day to delve deep into our psyche and come up with fresh creative bits of entertaining fare. That requires a special kind of discipline and devotion, and entushiasm. Our inner dialog must be amply peppered with encouraging argument. We sometimes have to invent or create an audience in our mind to draw for. Our fellow artists only partially serve us in that respect. We go to them for critisism not for praise. The directors are necessarily merciless. We at times almost connive rather than create to get a scene by them. I used to sing in operettas, concerts, etc., so I know what real applause is. It is heavenly. A living audience draws something extra out of the performer. A stage director once said to the cast of a playon the opening night:
"You’ve had good equipment to work with, a theater with everything it takes to put on a show but you have been handicapped - one essential thing has been denied to you. Tonight there is an audience out there, now you have everything you need."
Well, we do have an audience out there. We’ll be denied the applause but at least there is a potential audience to perform for; for one to keep in mind constanstly as we shape up day by day our year dress rehearsal. Even as we struggle with the myriad difficulties of finalizing a picture, we can perform each act for that invinsible or mystical audience. We can’t see our audience, but it is real and it is something to work for.
So all you beautiful people, if you are the kind that needs a little mental manipulation to keep your creative juices flowing, perhaps this has been of some benefit; if not, well, so be it.
— Ch. 50 “A bit of Introspection” by Walt Stanchfield in Drawn to life Vol.1
— Walt Stanchfield