Monday, November 29, 2010

Zen and The Project

“The Zen master taught him to focus on the pleasure and tiny nuances of breathing properly, attaching the string setting the arrow in the bow, drawing it back, and releasing it, rather than hitting the target. By focusing on these actions, Herrigel and fellow archery students were rewarded in two ways: they took more pleasure from doing each task, and since learned to master the nuances, they hit the target more consistently as well.”

Robert Sutton, notes on Zen and the Art of Archery: Eugen Herrigel

In our projects, if we can devote ourselves to incremental steps of the process-boards, lecia, layout, poses, colour script- rather than the broad target of getting the project done, we will increase our odds of completing the work successfully while enjoying the ride.

How You Draw Is How You Draw

Tim Burton on his drawing skill:
“We were out sketching at a farmers market in L.A. and I was really frustrated because the teachers [at CalArts and probably other unnamed animation academies]were like, ‘That’s not really the way you should draw. You should draw like this.’

“And I got so frustrated, it was like a weird drug experience. I just said ‘I don’t care. I can’t draw that way. I’m just going to draw whatever way I can.’ And it was kind of mind-blowing. I’ll never forget it and, from that moment, it changed for me. I didn’t worry about being the greatest draftsman or the greatest artist, I just decided to draw the best way I could.”

Negatives became positives for him.

From the Toronto Star.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Business Info

Here's what the government has to say on the business of being an artist in Canada.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Empty Space

Frank Miller on the use of negative space. Let's give the eye a place to rest.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The New Animation Vehicle

To my thesis that all illustration will have to move:

Friday, November 12, 2010

iPad Storybook Apps

This is an area of animation development that will enlarge.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Web Colouring Tutorial

Here's a good guide on colour painting you may what to look at in doing a colour script for your project. Here.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Entrepreneurs Toolkit From MaRS

For all of you who are planning on or building a business. Here.

There's lots to read but use as a template to think about your business.

SXSW Title Design Competition

For all you Group Aers with existing films, I'd consider entering this. $10 bucks. Cut down your current film, add credits and go for it. It'll build your cred.