Yeah I have a big piece of advice! Stop “aspiring”!!!!! Your aspirations end now!!!!
YES YOU! DON’T WAIT! START NOW! (passionate rambling incoming…)
The freaking coolest thing about living in the year 20XX is that you don’t have to have anyone’s permission to be an Animated Series creator. Grab a trial copy of Flash, or make flipbooks, or your own GIFs, or make some stop motion with your phone. Just start making whatever you want! Don’t save your good ideas for some big-wig executives or networks. Just do them right now! Don’t be precious with your ideas, just put them out there.
Content that’s on TV or in movies is not “more official” than stuff you make in your home on your spare time to share with friends on the internet. It’s all the same!!!!! As long as you enjoy it, who cares!! And if other people happen to like it also, then BONUS!!
The experience you get from trying to make something good on your own is so much more important than any future dream of being a big shot. Upload what you do to the internet and get feedback, show it to as many people as you can and listen to critiques. Learn to do stuff all by yourself, and only for your own pleasure.
From what I’ve seen, the people who end up creating a good animated series are the same people who have been creating their own stories, cartoons, comics and music on their own just for fun long before they ever got the shot at the big-time. Read about how your favorite cartoons are made, and try to do the process on your own. You’ll learn what your strengths are and what you’re interested in exploring.
(If you don’t have the facilities to create animation on your own, make something smaller scale- like a script, a comic, or a storyboard!)
OK THEN HERE’S STEP TWO: once you’ve learned to love your work on your own and figured out what you like to draw and what you’re passionate about, you may get a chance to pitch an idea. And thanks to the work you’ve done, you’ll be READY! Instead of some half-finished ideas, you’ll be able to point to all the amazing stuff you’ve created on your own and say “look, I already know what I like, AND I already know how to do it!” —-that’s WAY more impressive than an undeveloped idea with nothing to show for it. PLUS, the bonus of doing good work on your own is that you’ll attract attention and opportunity! I know so many people working in this industry who were discovered from their own silly personal work that was just randomly found online.
GET TO IT! DON’T WAIT FOR ANYONE’S PERMISSION TO BE THE CREATOR YOU WANT TO BE! START NOW! YOU HAVE TO START NOW! DON’T YOU MAKE ME COME OVER THERE AND FORCE YOU TO DO IT! YOUR “ASPIRATION DAYS” ARE OVER!
Everyone, LISTEN TO PAPA JQ! Even though he’s addressing animation, the same thing applies to all creative fields - even music ♪
Despite the surge in female protagonists in film and TV, the truth is women made up only 16% of employees on the top 250 films in 2013. Despite the depressing numbers, women are still making their mark.
Carrie Tupper wrote a fantastic two-part article on The Mary Sue called The History of Women in Animation (which you can read here and here) and I illustrated here some of the amazing ladies mentioned there.
Lotte is such a long time inspiration for me and my work I had to reblog.
Thank you Ladies for your amazing work <3
nabbed this last night before the theatre could throw it out, cus it had come off of one of the main posters
Dean Deblois’ work is incredible
Dean teach me your ways T___T
You guys. Go see How to Train Your Dragon 2 this weekend, then come to the How to Train your Dragons 2 show next week!! It’ll have a tonne of artwork by artists from Dreamworks, including the above by James Baxter, Nico Marlet, Johane Matte (who made a badass comic you can get at the gallery), Megan Nicole Dong, Le Tang, Joe Pitt, and myself. June 21 @ Gallery Nucleus.
"I don’t want to be alone anymore.”
much more invested in this dynamic than what the main characters got goin on
Many plants can’t create a seed, nut, berry, or fruit without the help of bees. Bee populations have been mysteriously declining, but we do have the power to revive bee colonies ourselves. Check out these 8 beekeeper challenges!
Some more advice that I have no right to give. I’m serious about the Stephen Silver advice though- he’s the man.
Remus J. Lupin
a birthday present for my best friend of… 18 years? i dont even know
brush pen, marker, automotive paint from work… and i think im gonna do a sirius to match…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY I LOVE U I’LL SEE U SOON TOO JUST WAIT