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An Artist

Posted by Karl on July 29, 2012 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

An artist in which ever field they are in do not go by the rules of the professional business world. Money is not such a concern for them. It is the passion in what they do that drives them to create from their heart and soul. Not many people understand this and they confuse them for the suits who go from 9 to 5 job. We are moody and we have our bad days as well...

Sometimes

Posted by Karl on March 14, 2011 at 1:08 PM Comments comments (0)

ideas can come at anytime and strike you when you least expected.Sometimes weks of planning will mean nothing...

Finding...

Posted by Karl on January 7, 2011 at 12:07 PM Comments comments (0)

As an artist we have our ups and downs,times when you feel your ideas are a drag and you cant focus on anything...happens to us all 


so when that happens i disconnect from the virtual world and just take things slowly..and i even mean walking slowly and just absorbing the world around you.I see so many people just hurrying from place to place all busy and not opening their eyes and walking..

Artists

Posted by Karl on December 26, 2010 at 12:33 PM Comments comments (0)

I am writing this based on this documentary i just saw on the band Coldplay.What they said is so true on how i feel about fellow artists around the world.


Any artist let it be a musician or cg artist or a painter has this passion for his work which makes him want to wake up from bed every morning.Unlike business minded individuals we create something open to critisim from everyone in the world.We have to learn from them.


The band made music purely cause they loved to.Freedom of expression to do whatever you want and always love to experiment on new stuff.Never doing the same boring routine 9 to 5 job everyday.As musicians they push them selves harder to create new music for their fans,thats just how we should be.Trying out new stuff..


Most of their famous songs were written by strumming one single chord and the rest would just follow in.I agree that some ideas come last minute and they are not planned or anything...just have to wait for it to come..


To make people happy with your work is what drives me to do what i love.Right now i cant say much since im  just starting my career.


In the 3d world you can pretty much create anything you want to any weird ideas catering to your imagination.


Sometimes we have to go back to our roots and start again from scratch if we forget why are we doing all this.When you trace back you get that passion in you,new ideas start flowing through your head.


Sadly the world isnt ready for this kind of culture yet and i feel that this country is lagging behind a lot.Artists dont get the respect they deserve.

Creativity

Posted by Karl on December 23, 2010 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I realised that animation and creativity are linked together but in professional life they are different especially for freshers looking for a lucky break to start their careers.


Initially i wanted to get into animation for the VFX part of it. I admit i had it confused with regular animation which dishes out movies like Toy Story and Shreck...i had the idea of Transformers and Terminator when i went to enroll myself.


SO i looked at the showreel consisting of the students work and honestly it was very basic level...but i still went ahead cause i dont know what i was thinking...


When the years passed and i got to learn more and my concept of what i was doing got more clear in my head.I was fascinated with the possibilites which this field had to offer...the months spent learning the softwares and all were highly educational and entertaining.Its not like your in college or school.Learning is not sterotyped and its all practical....One simple rule to follow is always practice what was taught to you...if not then you bound to forget it by the next class..if your going to memorise the steps then this field is not for you...its all logic and proper understanding of the concept.


SO coming back its a case when a fresher has all the ideas and the ideas bursting out of his mind but his skill is not as par as the industry standards...When you get into the studios your hired as one of the artists so if your into animation then your pretty much doing that for the rest of the time there...so your creativity is supressed....


Jobs

Posted by Karl on November 28, 2010 at 1:56 PM Comments comments (0)

Not many people know but this isn't your every day 9 to 5 job where you finish your studies and then sit at a desk pushing papers the whole day. Basically what they teach you in the institutes are just the tools of the software and how to use them and what they can do.Now its upto you and your knowledge on how you use them in your work.


Some of my friends are lucky they got a job right after they finished their course,also timing plays a part cause others are jobless for over a year.


Learning never stops for us.New softwares replace old ones and then they themselves get updated with new tools and fixes and what not.So you can never say i have learnt animation now give me a job.it just wont do.Right after you finish your course officially you need to prepare your demo reel.This is a collection of your talent and your skills which you have spent over a year learning compressed in under a few minutes.Your reel and your cv is all what is needed to find a job here.A good percentile in your regular education is a bonus but they dont really care how well you scored in history in your school days.


For some artists their creativity is more than their execution of the same.For example they might not be proficient on executing a perfect walk cycle but ask them to think of a story or a concept for the same and they will surprise you with their talents.While others can execute a perfect walk cycle but then thats their limit,mere puppets....


Its all about standing out form the rest and through your work to show them why they must hire you...

Moree...

Posted by Karl on November 25, 2010 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Today i saw a girl going to college and she had a way of walking.As she contacted she twisted her leg form the ball of the foot and as she went to her peek position she glided up,don't know how to describe what i saw properly but this is the best i can do.


So moving on i have to now animate two scenes bringing out character personalities of charlie chaplin and Al pachino, so if thats not challenging enough we gotta submit it for feedback tomorrow so i have less than 24hrs to finish it.Going to be concentrating properly at night when its silent and no distractions.Have to plan my work if i am going to finish it up by tomorrow 10am.


So there are two seperate scenes and im going to make the background props needed first on both of them,then draw some rough storyboards to give me an idea.This im targeting to finish up in two hours.Then ill start on rough blocking on both the scenes and targeting to finish up by midnight tonite.Then will start on adding finishing touches till morning.gotta take into account the eating breaks etc...


Trying to get into that zone you know where its just you and your work,like they show in the movie the social network where the programmers are plugged in and no matter what their eyes dont leave the screen.


One lecture video i saw that when you unplug your music and just animate without it, it becomes easier and quality improves.I tested it out and its TRUE!!...and other times when there is too much of stuff happening around me, music is a must!!


Here i go....

Walks

Posted by Karl on November 24, 2010 at 11:27 AM Comments comments (0)

I just realised that in this fast paced world we live in if we just take a small step back and slow things down how amazin the world around us really us and how much you get to learn thru observation alone.


For example just sit and observe the people walking on the street,see how they scamper from one place to another minding their own business asif they got blinkers on their face.No two people walk the same,so its interesting when you try to figure out their personalities based on their walks.Some people have a skip in their walk while some move their behinds more than they should.People who are walking with ease and in a slow pace have no hurry to get to their destination usually scan their enviornment as they walk.Some people just swing their hands a lot while some don't, a fat person usually .


Just observing them and looking at how they walk is in itself is some good learning.How the body weight shifts form one leg to another and how sometimes people trip and fall down..


In a way all this observation and other stuff like how birds and butterfly flaps its wings differently,how animals walk and run....is needed in animation since we animators are bring to life just 3d models on computers,giving them a voice and a soul.


Why Animation

Posted by Karl on November 23, 2010 at 11:13 AM Comments comments (0)

Why animation you might ask me...Its because it gives you the freedom to do anything you wish to create.As artist of this new digital age we have extra help thanks to advancement in technology and special effects.


Learning is a continuous process which is a must in this industry,you must have this desire to ask questions and know how things work the way they do.In a software they teach us the tools as in what is there and what that tool can do,its upto us how we use them either to make something good or bad.Its totally subjective cause sometimes we put our hard work in it for days and when we show it around we dont get much of a response,but thats ok cause not everyone has your unique taste in design.You gotta have an eye for detail and good observation too.


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