Author’s Thoughts: Thought #1
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.