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RE: Our SVS virtual studio
I have been trying to focus on basics - using shapes to build characters as well as trying to learn Procreate. I have been doing a lot of sketches in my sketchbook ( see if you can spot when I got distracted by watching Shrek ) But am also trying to make myself bring something to the best finish I can with my current skill. So frustrating when I can’t see any improvement though!
RE: Episode 2 - Am I Too Old To Get Started?
Excellent podcast. So full disclosure - I am really, really old - not like just 35! I will be 54 this month and my poor husband thinks I have early stages of senility for even contemplating this whole journey. And on bad days, I think he is right and I should just get real and continue to live the beige life of an administrator.
I used to doodle a bit as a kid but no serious interest in visual arts (my creative outlet was always on stage). So it was good to hear that others have come to this somewhat later in life.
And while I take the point that depth of lived experience can be a great thing to bring to the table, there is also a lifetime of baggage to sort through as well. And that ticking time bomb of the end fast approaching is ever present. It is hard not to look for short cuts to progress when you are at a point in life where you can actually see that white light on the not too distant horizon.
Ok - now that I have cheered everyone up - thanks again for the podcast! It has given me some (faint) hope
Resource - NYT interviews/videos with children’s books illustrators and authors
Came across this collection of videos on Facebook - so cool to listen and watch all these artists as they talk about their work and careers - very inspiring
In Facebook search for New. York Times Books then go to the video section of their page and you’ll see section “Live art with Children’s Book Illustrators”. Just watched the one with Sandra Boyton - such fun
Storytelling resource - Pixar in a Box
Been working on a story idea (family thing) for a while and am finding this resource breaking down Pixar's storytelling methods very helpful. Videos interspersed with exercises .
And it is free!
RE: EPISODE 08: YOUR CREATIVE BANK ACCOUNT
Another good podcast, guys! I think the idea of taking yourself on a creative date that @Lee-White mentioned is from Julia Cameron's "The Artist's Way" .
I find recently that focus (or lack of focus) is my biggest challenge. So I tend to not want to do too much wandering off track for fear of losing focus completely. As a result, I can spend weeks and weeks in front of my desk just slogging along. ( I also love solitude so that doesn't help)
The podcast was a good reminder that actually living life is ok too - and I shouldn't feel guilty about reading a book or watching Shrek again. I guess the trick for me is knowing when I am filling my creative bank vs when I am just procrastinating!
What happened to Beauregard the Bear???
I have just watched the Character design class and right at the end was a video featuring Shane Lewis where he talked about creating and killing off a character he had invented called Beauregard the Bear - just to see if anyone would care.
I wanna know what happened - did the bear become a rug? Did he get shipped off to a retirement home? Or did Shane abandon the project? I tried googling but looks like his blog is inactive now.
I guess I cared for the bear. :-|
RE: What happened to Beauregard the Bear???
Shane was kind enough to respond to my email - here is the update:
“Hi, Michelle -
Beauregard, I'm pleased to say, is still alive and well. He's grown to be quite large these days, but he's in excellent health, and I expect him to survive at least another five or 6 Christmases. It's truly the golden age for being a cartoon polar bear in a human world. But, yeah - the plan is still to eventually turn him into a rug. That's how we honor cartoon polar bears in our society... I think”
So Beau lives on ... for now
RE: Being realistic about limits - is it just resistance in disguise?
Appreciate the responses.
@rcartwright you’re right - we should shut the forum down and concentrate on practising 24/7 instead of posting crap!
@Eli will check out the book thanks for the reference
@catru appreciate the perspective- some days are easier than others to believe
@Jason-Bowen no expectation of calvary in my world - not looking for a shortcut or to be rescued - just trying to understand the inner process from another perspective.
RE: Simona interviewed by Will Terry on his youtube channel !
Really enjoyed the interview and putting a face to the forum name .
For many of us who have never had the privilege of studying any creative things in a formal school setting, it was good to hear the real deal of what workload and expectations s/b etc.
Well done @Will-Terry and @smceccarelli !
Moving from paper to digital
I'm new so it feels like I'm coming late to a party! Forgive me in advance if I make mistakes.
I have been a hobbyist artist for a few years now but recently have started to take it a bit more seriously. I truly love the feel of using my hands to create and love the feel of paper under my pencil/pen/brush so have been a bit resistant to the idea of going digital .
I recently came across this gadget and am debating whether it is worth it to purchase because it seems I wouldn't have to give up that feeling (doesn't seem that expensive). Has anyone here tried this or have any other suggestions? http://www.iskn.co/
Would welcome your thoughts!
PS Just became a subscriber and can't thank you enough for the great classes! Cheers!
RE: WIP - personal project
@will-terry Will - Thanks soooo much for the feedback! Really appreciate you taking the time to do the draw over and share your critique - it is very generous of you. I see what you mean about the moose antlers - it does read more directly as 'moose' while my version could be a reindeer.
I have been struggling with poses in general so will try the stick figure thing. Thanks again - this has been a great help!