Refocus

Made so much progress on a lettering for the Startup Weekend post, but it’s not quite done. It’s outlined and mostly inked, but still has some finishing touches I want to do tomorrow. I’m getting sleepy which leads to mistakes. Would rather sleep and finish in the morning then press on and end up with wobbles.

I realize I abandoned the 30 Days of Productivity challenge I started. I have to decide if I want to bring it back, but I can’t say that I’ve been super lazy recently. I do need to refocus efforts on the job search. I’m going out tomorrow with a bunch of resumes to hunt for seasonal positions. Not excited, but I’ve been saying I need to get one for months now…so need to suck it up. Gah, reading back over that just makes me realize how whiny I’ve been this entire year. I revisit that idea at least once a month. Really need to stop complaining.

I’m having one of those moments where I reflect upon on the ‘fails’ of this year…the year isn’t even over. Realizing there’s only one month left and I haven’t accomplished all these goals I set out on. I’ve done a lot, but I’ve also wasted a lot of time and opportunities. Trying not to regret anything. Just trying to figure out what I can get done before the year ends and what I need to do to accomplish these goals.

With one full month of the year left I want to make a couple focused goals for myself. I’ve gone through a lot of different mindsets and ideas over this year, so the goals I made in January have changed a bit.

  1. Make one more animation. Either a general Holiday animation or a specific Christmas Present for a family member. I want to challenge myself to make a narrative piece.
  2. Proposal for the Adobe Creative Residency drafted. I think I’ve neglected to say that I am applying for the residency, but I am. I want to make some really fun animations and work with people from Adobe. I’ve spent a large portion of the year thinking about this and feel that I would thrive in that environment. I’m not positive on what my project is going to be about, but I have a couple projects I want to test out this month.
  3. Apply for a few more jobs and internships in case I don’t get the residency. If it doesn’t work out I want to make sure that I’m still learning.

There are other goals, but I am prioritizing these three. Only one full month left of 2016. It’s time to focus and get shit done.

~Kendall

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BookTube-A-Thon Title Sequence WIP

Working on my title sequences for my BookTube-A-Thon TBR. I was aiming to enter the giveaway for a box of books, but I realized that I didn’t have enough time to finish. So here’s the process of the lettering so far. I’m in the middle of the vectoring and have to still animate it a bit. Not to mention edit all the video I filmed today. Planning on doing some more takes tomorrow. I don’t know if I said this before, but I’m using this as a test run for my Selfi Animation, also, it’s been fun diving into more lettering.

I have a lot to do tomorrow so hoping that I can finish this up and get it done by the end of tomorrow so I don’t have to worry about it. I’m trying to get ahead this week so that I can allot more time to reading next week.

 

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Sometimes I Forget to Breathe

I know this is a silly form of measurement, but honestly I measure a lot of animations and films based on if I hold my breath. If I forget to breathe then it’s probably a good animation. It doesn’t hold true for everything of course, but I would say about 50-60 percent of films and animations I see and recommend I’ve forgotten to breathe during. I sometimes have to remind myself to take a drawing breath just so I don’t pass out watching them. It’s silly that I stop breathing, but when I deconstruct the reasons behind it breathing seems irrelevant.

When I forget to breathe it’s likely because of the pacing, the sharp focus of the animation or subject, and combine that with some sound mixing or music, it’s a wonder I remember to take a breath at all. Because the film has left me on the edge of my seat in wonder, in anticipation, in fear, in excitement, and breathing is a distraction from its beauty. It’s a distraction from what I’m looking at, what the next movement is. It’s my breath caught up in my lungs waiting to expel the air, and suffocating me for the love of film.

Here is some inspiration that I’ve forgotten to breathe during.

 

Reminders to myself

You are here to make, so make.

A visual reminder to create.


 

Just reminders to go back to my goals and create what I want to create. I forget sometimes what I want to do because I get caught up in the everyday. Watching short animations like this one are a reminder that the visions in my head are possible if I just work on them.

If you’re like me and sometimes forget to look ahead then let this be a reminder to continue your walk forward. Appreciate the grass and rocks you’re walking through now, but keep your eyes forward and march onward toward your goals.

~Kendall

Still Nervous & Birthdays

Day 36 of 365.

I’m still nervous about this video, but regardless of feelings I’m marching forward. I didn’t have as much time to focus on my videos tonight. It was my dad’s birthday so I spent the time and energy I usually spend on making my videos, on his card instead and enjoying the company of family. I created a few quick stylized sketches of what I want my video to look like. Both the card & sketches are below. I’ll try to make another update tomorrow night animation wise, but I’m spending tomorrow and Sunday learning how to Letterpress! Super excited for that, and will have some updates soon!

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