David Wheeler (@dajowh) A huge thank you and congratulations to the #TheGoodDrawing winner David Wheeler David was a previous guest on a teoblog's showcase post, be sure to read up about his work and experience as an animator.
David Wheeler (@dajowh)
A huge thank you and congratulations to the #TheGoodDrawing winner David Wheeler
David was a previous guest on a teoblog’s showcase post, be sure to read up about his work and experience as an animator.
I have recently been reading Richard Williams's The Animator's Survival Guide. It has taken me a good 2 years to start getting through the book properly. Boy! have I been missing out on a wealth of teaching, and advice from this book! If you are working to be an animator.
I have recently been reading Richard Williams’s The Animator’s Survival Guide. It has taken me a good 2 years to start getting through the book properly. Boy! have I been missing out on a wealth of teaching, and advice from this book! If you are working to be an animator. GET THIS BOOK!
The emphasis to practise is strong in this book, while it has been inspiring and extremely motivating to read; The idea of getting in some practise for animation has been more pleasant to think about at times than actually practising. I have been getting more headaches whenever I spend any amount of crunch time in front of my iMac, drafting up pencil animations and pastel designs every week or two for this blog can take its toll especially when you spend all day working with tech. But I want to get good… really good. I really enjoy animation, even all the annoying bits. Maybe it is similar to a marriage.. almost..not exactly..but you understand….hopefully.
In this period of my life, the emphasis is on returning back to basics and getting good…really good at the basics and to try not speed through or pay an x amount of money for what I think would be a shortcut to great things. What’s stopping me from practising the 12 principles and observing from my surroundings for the meantime? Whose saying the mundane aren’t things to get excited about because they definitely separate the ok work from the amazing . I carry around a storyboard book with me to work, and during my lunch break I sketch, I watch dramas, animatics, pause here and there and sketch and I am learning that that the only way to get good is to imitate things that worked for others and to understand why it worked.
I knew about timing and spacing but never understood it well enough to utilise it. It wasn’t until I sat down with a former employee of Richard Williams that I had it explained to me properly. These are the results of what I am practising with the help of the advice I was given and The Animator’s Survival Guide.I need to be more intentional and strict with my time and more patient on myself. Something a lot of us forget to do. I consider this a “forgetting everything you thought you knew about animation, and getting back to basics.” It feels reassuring and fresh starting from scratch and with talented individuals who know what they are doing because they have been doing it for years. The thought for today is practise.
This is something that I have been itching to do since launching this blog and that is of course a Christmas giveaway. There are more details about it in the post below. Good luck to all those who participate and Merry Christmas!
Monday 2 weeks ago, I considered myself very blessed and lucky to see Director and Animator Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream talk about pixar's latest film, The Good Dinosaur. I had known about The Good Dinosaur for awhile and it was always something I was quite interested in knowing what
Monday 2 weeks ago, I considered myself very blessed and lucky to see Director and Animator Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream talk about pixar’s latest film, The Good Dinosaur.
I had known about The Good Dinosaur for awhile and it was always something I was quite interested in knowing what Pixar would do with a film about dinosaurs. When I no longer heard any news about the production of it I had imagined it was scrapped but to hear from Sohn that it was really a matter of back to the drawing board with the story.
I have to admit when turning up I wasn’t expecting a full house! Besides catching up with friends it was great to see that most were illustrators and animators. A real testament to how loved Pixar is across the world.
While the guests of the evening were ‘tardy for the party’, it was still pretty good to spend that time mingling with like-minded folk and also catch up with my friend who I had not seen in the longest time due to our busy schedules.
To sum up the talk was motivating and encouraging. It really was a boost of confidence to hear the direction that the film has now taken, and I am expecting it to be a testament to Pixar’s impeccable attention to detail and craftsmanship in great storytelling. Plenty was was learnt and one could only hope for maybe a week of workshops and portfolio reviews with them. You can catch the rest of the talk on the iTunes store.
After the talk, I went to Starbucks with my friend Sharifa for some seasonal winter warmers, the mulled pear was nice but didn’t have anything on Starbucks’s hot mulled apple.
I will be reviewing ‘The Good Dinosaur’ later this week and I wanted to use this post to announce teoblogs Christmas giveaway!
I will be giving away x1 The art of ‘The Good Dinosaur’ + a surprise treat. I will be posting more details on twitter and tumblr about the giveaway and sadly it is only open to residents within the UK.
Keep a look out for the posts and leave a comment here about what you thought about the Meet The Filmmakers event.