For....REASONS....I will attempt the thirty days of homestuck....Reading though these it could be really tough...U_U SO YEAH!! Please wish me the best of luck...eheheh.. Anyway, I'm sorry for being slow at replys, I'm kinda busy. :I [yet I have time to make this yes I know] Some of you guys should do this with me, it'd be a ton of fun!! COMPETITION MEME ROUND!! GO! Sincerely, Ash.
Day One: Your favorite Kid Day Two: Your favorite Troll Day Three: Your patron Troll Day Four: Your favorite page[s] Day Five: Your favorite flash Day Six: Your favorite song Day Seven: Your favorite Lusus Day Eight: Your favorite Guardian Day Nine: Your favorite Exile Day Ten: Your favorite alchemized item Day Eleven: Your favorite pesterlog Day Twelve: Your favorite planet Day Thirteen: Derse or Prosphit? Day Fourteen: The Midnight Crew or The Felt? Day Fifteen: Doc Scratch or Bec Noir? Day Sixteen: Favorite member of The Midnight Crew/The Felt Day Seventeen: Favorite Derse Agent Day Eighteen: Favorite Overall Character Day Nineteen: A post dedicated to your Moirail Day Twenty: A post dedicated to your Matesprit Day Twenty-One: A post dedicated to your Auspitice[s] Day Twenty-Two: A post dedicated to your Kismesis Day Twenty-Three: Your favorite Flash Game Day Twenty-Four: The saddest death Day Twenty-Five: Your intro into Homestuck Day Twenty-Six: Your favorite Ancestor Day Twenty-Seven: Your favorite set of horns Day Twenty-Eight: One character you'd want to know in real life Day Twenty-Nine: One character you could kill Day Thirty: A message for Andrew Hussie
We spent about two hours there with one of their story artists, Adrian Molina. *u* Although the first 30 minutes we just all sat and talked and ate delicious burritos underneath a gorgeous painting from Toy Story 3.
Then he looked at my portfolio, which he liked quite a bit. He said I was twice as good as he was at my age, but I ought to loosen up my figures. Then he looked at my sketchbook, which he was super impressed with. He said I should just make my portfolio look more like my sketchbook, and I'd be a shoe-in at CalARTs. xD So that was super cool! He's super nice and says to email him with his portfolios or any art or questions and he'll give me suggestions. c:
After lunch he showed us a little bit of the studio (although we weren't allowed anywhere with actual work going on, which was too bad). But I got to see TONS of concept work for Brave, which looks pretty cool! I can't really disclose any info about it obviously, but it definitely looks a little better after seeing the beautiful art for it. Aaaaaand I saw a tiny bit through a doorway of Monster's University! The color design for it is looking pretty cool. Adrian also said there's some new films in the development stage that he's really excited about, but he couldn't tell us more.
Then he gave me a little book he illustrated and drew this in it:
So overall it was awesome! <333 I'm definitely psyched to have someone in the industry helping me out. 8D Yay! .I'm super exhausted now, but really inspired to draw hehe. x); Might just have to pass out. Anyway, it was super fun, and I think I have a little more direction now so hopefully after school is less stressful I'll have time to work. Yeeee!
Happy Easter everyone! I feel like... I just want to talk today. Because I think there's things I've learned and feel and think that sometimes I just want to say.
Let's start with stories.
What I find great about any form of storytelling is how honest it is. There is no other form of shared knowledge that can teach us how to live our lives better. None. That being said, we see stories in everything. We look at a tree with a fence grown into it, and think of when the fence must have been built, who may have built it, etc. We see a couple arguing on the street and ponder as to what could have gotten them to this point. We hear a snapping twig in the woods, and plan our escape route from whatever magnificent beast lurks in the brush! As human beings, we LOVE stories. But why?
We love stories because they teach us how to live. Think about any good movie, book, or other story. It should have moved you in some way. Some stories teach us how to deal with the intense hardships in life, some stories teach us how to see achieve great things, and some simply teach us not to take life too seriously. But all stories teach us emotional lessons. Lessons you could never gleam from a textbook.
Now, film is my personal favorite method of storytelling. Why? Because it is uninterrupted, and visual. It's almost more difficult, because you have to think how to make an audience feel a specific thing from what they see. To explain how difficult this can be, let me give you an example. Let's take a blade of grass. This single blade of grass can mean a million things. It can stand for hope, or it can stand for wear and the fall of civilization back into nature. It can mean a meal, or it can mean a lost meal. It can stand for a newborn baby entering the world, or an elderly woman exiting it. A single blade of grass can stand for a million things, but it's the filmmaker's job to make the audience only see one. A good director strings meaningful images together in such a way that the audience understands, but still has some darker areas to create to themselves. They not only take away the director's vision, but their own personal understanding as well. That is the beauty of film.
Animation is a special beast, in that it can create things we would not otherwise see in our world. In my personal opinion, animation has the power to harness the power of dreams, and it's this power that makes us love it so much. There's something deeply symbolic about the usually unrealistic things in animation that make them so real to us. In a similar way to dreams, animation takes things that we wouldn't normally even consider and puts them into a visual, semi-real form. And much of what we see in animation has incredible potential on a symbolic level (which is what our dreams function on, symbol). There's something incredibly meaningful in a house floating through the sky, an alien finding a place in our world, or a girl getting turned into an old woman during war. These abstracted ideas can be translated into life lessons with more meaning than just witnessing them in a realistic way. In other words, animation has the power to not only execute symbols, but stretch them to otherwise unrealistic proportions to make a point.
Where films fail is where they worry too much, and aren't honest with what they want to accomplish. From worrying about angry parents to worrying about bored kids to worrying about unhappy bosses, films fail because they get so caught up in the superficial sides of things. It's a legitimate fear to fear losing money, since in our world that can make it or break it for you. But the stronger films speak true, they do not ooze phoniness born of worry.
Anyway, let's talk about personal goals.
I don't believe in impossible. Anything you want to do is possible. Even if you're a smartass and say "I want to breed flying gazelles", IT'S PROBABLY POSSIBLE. If you devoted your life to it, why not. That's my mentality on everything. Work hard, achieve. That's what every one of you who want to do something great need to know.
You can do it.
But doing nothing will get you nowhere. No matter what it is you want to start, START IT! Think of long-term and shortterm goals, and act.
Shoot for the stars.
I've kinda run out of steam, but I hope you all have a nice Easter.
I recently learned that the stereotypical "Japanese Fan Girl" is not some sort of mythical sasquatch of popular culture. I know they exist because my work somehow attracted the attention of one. She showed up online one day and started posting weird fan-art and (thanks to google translate) weirder messages. It was amusing, if a little creepy. Especially when someone found a few pictures she had drawn of a decidedly underage version of myself being violated by tentacles. I let that slide because, hey; she was a Japanese Fan-girl. They're innately odd. But then it turned out she was actively following me around the internet, frequenting the same sites and forums as me. Specifically B3TA; a place where you really shouldn't go unless you speak English, have a tough skin and an understanding of serrated British humour. Fan-girl did not, and was subsequently torn to shreds. Despite everyone's advice, however (including mine and most of the B3TAns) she kept going back. As such, I don't have much sympathy. You may have seen a few of her posts appear on my DA gallery in which she rants on about the "evil B3TA people". The most recent of which was in regards to the latest internet meme "Helicopter Cat", to which she took much umbrage. After my latest Spider & Scorpion strip, in which I used that meme, Fan-girl went bat-sh*t. She apparently took it as a personal attack on her and started using photos from my family's facebook page in sinister collages tagged "death is eternal". Obviously she's now being banned left-right-and-centre, so, hopefully we've seen the last of her.
I guess this is a cautionary tale; Japanese Fan-girls are scary.
This is a black Tuesday for dA. All my favourite accounts are getting banned one after another. First and a good chunk of it's members including the fabulous and . And now even
I will have to completely reorganise my breakfast schedule because of some overzealous admin. Usually I wake up, prepare nomnoms, settle in front of the computer and search for some morning drama. butthurtbrigade was one of my favourite places to acquire my morning dose of concentrated baawws. Now when it is gone I will be forced to actively search for the dramas elsewhere and I don't like that.
My breakfast should look like this:
And now for a few days will look like this. Which is mostly inconvenient and you should care because...umm...yes, because yes.