wannabeanimator

wannabeanimator:

via Muddy Colors

The early years of an artist’s development are often spent hammering out basic foundation skills.  These will serve as the core of all that they create.  During this time, the artist should not be terribly preoccupied with questions of style, vision, direction, brand, etc.  We have to stand before we walk and bypassing the basics rarely does anybody any good in the long term.  Of course, it’s the style and vision of other artists which inspired most of us to become artists in the first place, so the temptation to follow in those footsteps (with or without doing the necessary prep work) is always lingering… Read More

wannabeanimator

wannabeanimator:

via Invisible Ink

"All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it." —  C.S. LEWIS

One of the problems I run into a lot when teaching story structure is the question of originality. People want to know how they will ever be original if they follow the time-honored principles of structure.

When people say these things, I know that they are far more interested in the glory and praise of creativity rather than the roll-up-your-sleeves work of it… Read More