Figures that the one place called WordPress has the least audience interaction with anything written.
Anyhow, another recent retrospective drawing of the Allan Hancock College days. For the sake of my one reader, the characters are either influences I’d find later on while at Calarts (i.e., Ghibli or Gainax films), or characters that were film projects of mine while at Hancock. I doubt more than a few dozen folks ever saw the end result of what I worked on there (I think one short went on to win some award at a festival up in Santa Clara; I actually got some film gear from it that totaled ~$3000). Either way, I really cut my teeth on all these projects, and probably ended up learning more about animation, editing, and just straight-up drawing while working on these than I did from even some of the industry jobs I’d land later on. I don’t think would have developed any time management or consistency skills had I never had the free reign to just lock myself in that class and do my own thing from the ground up, traditionally, hand drawn, pencil to paper. No bosses, schedules or quotas other than my own. I have Ed Harvey to thank for giving me run of the facilities on my own time.
(Years later, in the industry. Probably at [studio name redacted]. The tools are more high tech than when I was locked away in a run down classroom flipping paper, but somehow I can’t help but feel that something – alot of something – was lost when corporate types decided to ditch the pencil and post-its for newer more complex toys. Funny how Miyazaki still seems to do just fine with a coffee can full of pencils and a working light table.
But don’t ever bring that up at Pixar.)