2017 retrospective

Another year is starting to come to an end, and since today is my birthday I thought I might as well ramble a bit about art things I did this year. For starters, I storyboarded 9 episodes (plus helped out on other artists’ episodes) of Harvey Street Kids, a DreamworksTV Show that will be coming out in 2018!  I get to update the ole’ portfolio with actual professional board work next year, gosh. I also did miscellaneous stuff like cons, but a big thing for me was I committed to making a new short animated film, as I’ve mentioned in other posts. It’s a 4 min long music video type of film that I’m trying to keep mostly to myself until It’s all finished, but I cant resist sharing a gif or two. 

I found it tough to get the ball rolling for this film. I only recently started sharing tidbits of it and that has been pretty reinvigorating and reassuring, since I forget I’m my own worst and most brutal critic when it comes to my art. Committing to a new project has made me realise that dammit, things are worth making if you love making them. To worry less and MAKE MORE is something I’ve tried to remind myself to do. I want to become a better storyteller and artist and know the only way to do that is to keep making stories and characters that hopefully have a bit of soul to them. It still has a long way to go but now that I’ve coloured most of the film, it’s starting to take shape and look a bit more ‘cinematic’ and polished, mostly due to fiddling around in After Effects. 

Yes hand drawn animation takes a long time, especially by yourself AND cleaned up AND coloured. I could rant about the process more but that’s time better spent animating. Animation is pretty tedious and takes alot of blood, sweat and tears however it’s also insanely rewarding to see it start to come together and see drawings take on a life of their own.  I’m super grateful to all the people who have given me kind words of encouragement along the way, you know who you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

I feel like my attitude on art and stories has evolved a lot this year. People have commented on my improvements in my storyboards, but it’s great when you notice changes within yourself and feel a bit more ‘enlightened’, for lack of a better word. I would like to stay in that mindful, creative inner place more in the future and keep making better art. Alright enough rambling for one post, I get carried away since I’m way too excited for what the next year has in store! Wishing anyone who read this the best for the new year, bring it on, 2018! 


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