The Artist At Work
I am trying, for the third time, to get through the LOTR unabridged audiobook.
…on the plus side, if I have to stay off Tumblr and Facebook to save my dwindling sanity, at least I’ll be productive today.
Anonymous asked: How did you keep going dude? Graduated from animation school a year ago, trying to get into boarding, and haven't found a job or even an internship anywhere. Moved out to LA because it's the thing to do. Been applying a lot and just working a retail job to just barely pay bills. You said it took you four years and man, I've been at it day in and day out drawing like mad and don't know if I can do it for another three years. Gets unbearable sometimes- any advice?
It can be tough, but the key I found that worked for me is to never give up, and never lose hope. Promise yourself this. Do NOT break that promise.
Things can happen at a moment’s notice. You never know. It happened to me, and I still can’t believe it. Make sure you have a portfolio online— I cannot stress that enough. If your work isn’t online, it’s not being seen. When I was in school, we were still focusing on physical portfolios and mailing them out. While some places still request portfolios this way, SO MANY MORE want digital submissions. On top of that, for the jobs you’re applying to— there are so many places and people who are just browsing online, not posting a job listing, and looking at portfolios and work. If your work is online, that’s so many more eyes seeing you and your portfolio.
I answer a lot of questions on here that have to do with Portfolios and my basic recommendations and suggestions. You can browse through them here. I hope they help you out.
Hang in there. I was not able to land an internship and I had to work on things for those 4 years until I was hired and it was tough but I did it.
When it gets unbearable, hang in there. Don’t burn yourself out either. There is no magic cut-off date or age. As long as you are improving your portfolio, that makes you better. Try to keep your mind fresh and inspired. Don’t be afraid to take a break from one thing and try another. If you’re grinding the pencil down to a nub, drawing like mad— try something else to give your head and hand a rest. Try simple watercolor, or building something physical. Sculpts. Anything. It’s very refreshing and very inspiring and I found it helped me to keep going when I felt like I was in my darkest hour. Also take a little time to just step away once in a while. I found when I took a break, I often came back even more eager to do things.
Make sure you take time to talk to other people and share work. That’s how I met my bestest friend online, and met so many more amazing people who became my friends. They inspire me, they encourage me, they support me.
Remember to work hard, and never lose sight of your goal. Also, you never know— something else amazing might present itself to you. There are so many ways artists work in the industry. Stay strong, and stay rad.
I know you can do it.
I would add - Go to CTN. Go to animation guild and union networking events. Take a class at CDA if you can afford it, or take one at the animation union. Start a tumblr, upadte daily, and tell everyone about it. Tell everyone about YOU. You’re here! You’ve got art! You have things to say!
You know that feeling in your stomach that flares up when you think of a life without art and drawing and telling stories? The one that feels like a vice has part of your lower intestine and you’re doing to die? The feeling that you need to make art like you need to breathe, and who could imagine cutting off their oxygen supply, is the air thin in here or something? Remember that feeling. Don’t be afraid of it. Hold it close to you. Break out in that awful, cold sweat. Feel its power, channel it, draw your energy from it. That feeling - that fear - will keep you going. It will motivate you to knock on a thousand doors and talk to a thousand more faces. It will force the pencil into your hand on days when you want to give up. That feeling will get you where you need to be.
When all else fails, drink cheap vodka with your friends, and watch anime together, and dream of the day you walk in to a studio and say, “Hi, I’m supposed to start today, where do I go?”
A cat napping in front of the spot where Caesar was killed on the http://flic.kr/p/4tErp)in 44bce. (via
Even cooler: there’s actually a cat shelter in these ruins. This is a big rectangular hole in the ground, with traffic on all sides. The walls in the background — where the arches are — lead to areas under the road for storage and whatnot. But on one side of the rectangle, that area is a cat shelter. You go down the stairs, then duck into a door and KITTIES EVERYWHERE. The healthy ones are welcome to come and go as they please, and they have a second room full of disabled/sick kitties where visitors are encouraged to hang out and give them love. One of my favorite memories of Rome was sitting on the cool tile floor there, where a tiny blind black cat plopped on my lap and started purring happily.
I went to Europe with an ex-boyfriend and dragged him here after we heard about it from some women staying at our hotel. It’s a sweet, magical place, especially at twilight. Ex sighed and huffed while I petted cats, and finally dragged me out at sunset, but not before a blind cat scratched the shit out of him. Sweet vengeance.
"The Lamentation of Saint Wickerman"
12” x 24”, oil on canvas
Going byzantine, baby. Going on display at the immortal Nick Cage Art Show, April 12, 2014.
Oh yeah, also, as of this afternoon I’m now
on hiatus unemployed. Hooray. Anyone need me to animate anything?
I hate that hive. HATE it. But I still have a few more days to get it right….