Posts tagged inspiration.
Every time I see someone complaining about being crappy at what they do compared to others (usually drawing or writing) I say something along the lines of “get over it and just keep doing what you do.” And invariably somebody says “well, Ched, it’s not that easy”
The thing is, that’s true. It’s not easy. It’s hard as hell. Just because the answer to your problem is simpledoesn’t mean it’s easy.It just means you have to do that one, difficult thing. Learning to push past your insecurities, especially when it comes to comparing yourself to others, is one of the most difficult things to learn. But it’s vital. I don’t say “get over it” because I’m mad or trying to be rude. I say it because it’s the best advice I have. I learned the hard way, and I’m a better artist for it. And I would have been an even better artist if I’d learned it earlier
If you want to make art (or improve your skills in general) you have to abandon the notion that others are just BETTER and that your talents only exist in relation to theirs. Saying “it’s difficult, I can’t stop comparing myself to others” means you’re more concerned with being better than others than you are with being better than your current self. Only wanting to make art so long as you can maintain the notion that it’s good is no way to improve. You have to embrace the failures and all the crap you’re gonna make before you get to where you really want to be
Discouragement can feel like a bag of bricks on your chest. Is it hard to push the bricks off? You bet. But there’s no other solution than to just do it. Otherwise you’re just gonna lie there, and the bricks are only going to get heavier
I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.
Anonymous asked: Besides never, when do you sleep?
Actually, I sleep as much as I can! And while I do get my fair share of restless nights and 3am attacks of inspiration that leave my brain spinning like a car careening off the M6 after just being hit by a ten tonne truck, I do get my 8 hours a night as often as I can and I can’t emphasize how important that is and how important it is for people to know that
in the creative world there’s this sort of glorification of insomnia and the notion of ‘working all the time’, that an artist has to suffer, that every self respecting cartoonist or animator or painter has to be driven to the point of exhaustion every waking hour in order for them to be allowed to call themselves an artist, that if you are not working you are wasting time and being a self indulgent twat (in a nutshell). I am here to tell you that is not true, and it is not healthy to think that it is true.
I often get people asking me where I get my ideas from, or more often how I get so many ideas and so quickly. I can’t answer that very easily but I know for a fact that the times that I have been stressed and sleepless and a nervous wreck I have not been able to come with good ideas. I have certainly not been able to come up with them quickly.
Ideas need time, your brain needs time, and that time can’t be simultaneously occupied with you worrying about your taxes or whether you ate something this morning or why the cat is on fire. Imagination time is a state of rest, it is a sort of meditation; you need to feel at ease in order to be able to play, because that’s what imagining things is when it gets down to it. Children don’t play when they know there’s a axe-wielding maniac in the room, and they don’t play when they’re cross and tired and angry at the world for being unfair and awake and much too loud. That’s when they cry, and the more people I meet and the more I learn about myself and humans as a whole the more I’ve come to realize that there is no bigger fiction than the concept of ‘being an adult’. Your mind and my mind are just as sensitive, creative and special as they were when we were five years old, we just have a lot more information to deal with, and knowledge to manipulate, and that can be used to our benefit! So long as we don’t keep sending ourselves to sit in detention.
It can be very difficult to find this sort of ‘peace’ to think in, which is why people often have their ideas in the dead of night, or in the shower, or on the bus into work; it is those gaps between the frantic thought that the rest of life demands from us that our minds are allowed to drift, make sparks with synapses that they haven’t used for a long time or smash together two thoughts that they never connected before, but which then go on to make something new. I can’t sit here and tell you to ‘make time to think’, but I can tell you that you shouldn’t think that you should be doing something all the time every second of every day.
Yes, draw every day, that’s great, and doodling is amazing oh my goodness yes doodling is like super fab and covered in glitter, but don’t draw all the time. You have to rest, not just your hand and wrist to avoid physical strain, but you have to rest your mind; it will help you to stay sane and happy, and it will help you to create more and better work than ever before. Working to the point of self destruction is counter productive and dangerous, and I hate the modern myth that surrounds it. It promotes nothing but insecurity about yourself and your work and is a guaranteed one-way ticket to carpel tunnel town and the therapist.
I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, ‘Because of you I didn’t give up.
Favourite animators: Mitsuo Iso (磯光雄) and his work on the End of Evangelion
- Mitsuo Iso is known for his jerky yet detailed animation, full of dense sophisticated motion. He refers to his own style as “full limited" or "full 3-frame". In traditional animation, animation with a drawing count below one drawing every two frames (or "on twos") is considered limited animation. Working on threes and fours, Iso draws every keyframe without passing his work to an in-betweener, allowing him full control to create the most detailed motion possible with the fewest number of drawings, hence the term "full limited". (wikipedia)
- Introduction to Mitsuo Iso’s style
- Sakuga: The Animation of Anime pt.7 - Mitsuo Iso and New Realism
- More scenes animated by Mitsuo Iso: part 1, part 2, the fight from EoE
- List of anime he’s worked on + sakuga wiki
- He also wrote and directed the 2007 anime series “Dennō Coil”
my favorite scene in the entire film
The amount of work put into these Marvel animatics is pretty nuts.
SOME OF THESE AREN’T EVEN ANIMATICS THEY’RE FREAKING PENCIL TESTS
These kinds of ‘boards’ to stage movies are getting more and more popular and can I just
say how frightening that is I mean look at all the work these take??? How fucking GREAT these are??? SERIOUSLY this is what I’m gonna have to compete with????????
toastyhat asked: PAPERS PAPERS I JUST SAW THE THING ON YOUR PREVIEW BLOG AND AM CRYING ACTUAL TEARS AAUUUUUGHHHHH AHHHHHH OH NO AAERWO;GAHJERO;GIAER;OGIJAERG;O HE'S A LITTLE KID AGAIN AND SHE SWINGS HIM UP IN THE AIR HNNNNNNNGGHHGH AND MINDFANG AUGH AAHAEROIGHRGAE;KGRWE
THANKS TOASTY THIS KEEPS ME GOING OwO
Do you ever feel like you have to wage war against yourself to force yourself to get things done?
This comics essay is part of a book called Brick by Brick, which I am now raising money to self publish on Kickstarter! Please check out the link for more details!
This is a lesson I still need to learn.
I was looking through these thinking “Don’t let them be paintings, don’t let them be pai- FUCK, they’re paintings.”
why do these guys have paint on thei—SHIT
Breathtaking live performance projection.
A vent comic about self hatred, expectations and standards that are set up for failure, pushing away friends, and trying again despite the mostly self-inflicted odds.
For all the artists out there. xoxo
I agree with Natasha! Make stuff even if it HURTS! <3
I want you to look at your latest piece of art. okay? got it up?
Now think back a few years. If you were to see that piece of art back then how would you have reacted?
Now think back many years, as many as you want. How would you have reacted then?
you are the artist you wanted to be, right now.
Stop hating on yourself, and have fun.
i realized this few days ago and it changed me