Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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I absolutely love animation and drawing. While I was an editor for the ABC and apart of the first team to help bring video to Australia on mobile phones I caught the Drawing bug. At that point time, I had finished my fine arts degree in what was called "Communications Design"  subjects (the start of becoming a computer graphics junkie). 

Since Christmas holidays were coming up at the time I scoured the net as to where I might go to learn more about drawing. As I spoke to more and more people, Korea kept coming up. The idea next was to travel to Korea and find out what I could about drawing. At the time I wanted to be good at drawing, forget what I know about being an illustrator and become a traditional animator because in my mind those people where are hardcore.

So I packed my things and headed out to Korea traveling around and studying at a comic book school; I was so impressed with the school and Korea. While I was in Korea I was making plans to sell everything that I could do to make my way back there so I could continue my studies at the comic book school. Little did I know that I would spend four of the best years of my life training and be drawing every day. My Teachers were fantastic and I learned a lot, but I needed to know more.  After four years I finally decided to come back to Australia to do a masters degree and concentrate on animation no matter the cost and what people thought I needed to do whatever it tool to scale that beast of an animation mountain.

Who does a masters degree in animation?

Someone who is mad for the love of drawing and is looking for something very very particular.

During my masters, I coupled my information of software, primarily Adobe, Autodesk, The Foundry products, along with Toonboom, and was looking for a very particular workflow which; I believe I may have now found, hence why I am learning a little bit of Python every day over this next year. I have also started a blog to help keep track of the development of this software over the next year.

So what am I doing now? I have spent the last three years working to take enough time off to attempt to try and put together a pilot for a kids TV show while developing the plugin/ addon for storytelling; its pretty unique process. There are definitely a lot of things that need to be done in order to step up to the next level and at the moment I am right in the mix of it all. Among everything that I am doing traditional animation and drawing remains my zen. Let me be really clear I love drawing and how if you're serious about it can only lead you to animation. 

Drawing is a fantastic way to observe and take notes on life. It makes me truly happy and thankful to be spending the rest of my life as a student in the language of drawing.  Truly thankful.