Thursday, December 16, 2010

Keyboard doodles

Going to kick off that New Year's "post more good AND bad artwork to my blog" resolution early by dumping a few of what I like to call "keyboard sketches".

I keep a pad of paper underneath my keyboard. Anytime I need to open up a scene, load multiple charactes, record a shot, answer my office phone, or do anything that takes some time for the computer to think, I doodle! Most of the doodles are pretty aimless and repetitive since my window to draw can be anywhere from 10 seconds to 10 minuets. I feel like if I didn't have the paper there I would loose my mind.

These are some of the pages in my doodle pad from the last 3 weeks. I couldn't include all of them because some pages included animation thumbnails and we are allowed to post anything production related.

Will post some more another time!


Growth through failure.

A recent string of conversations with my friend Austin has inspired me to revisit my blog and give it the proper attention that I've denied it for years. I create personal artwork all the time that never leaves my desk (or desktop) because I tend to shy away from posting it publicly. The honest truth being that I often don't consider most of what I do to be very good.. which brings me to revisit something else.

I am reminded of the values from a wonderful lesson... to fail everyday.

If there is anything that I have learned to be true it is the importance of not being afraid of failure. It's just too stressful to expect excellence from yourself all the time. I almost lost my mind in college trying to out do myself with every assignment, one after another. Then one day I let it go. I loosened up. I starting allowing myself to make mistakes. Lots of mistakes! I found that my failures were not failure at all, they were lessons that allowed me to make progress at a rate I had never achieved before. I began to welcome failure and embrace the growth that naturally came with it. Success was simply just a side effect of that growth.

My drawings as of late suffer both stylistically and content wise, as if I have been stuck in the same "sketchbook", so to say, since graduating college. I am ready to grow again! Therefore, I'm going to make good on one of my New Year's resolutions early and start posting more personal work to this blog. You'll see it all, the good, the bad, and the downright awful... because without failure there would be no success!

An abandoned illustration of a playful tiger cub?

Much more fail where that came from!