Missing This

I miss this blog too much to miss another day. -cry- I tried to soft ban myself until I had updated my website, but decided to do a rebrand. This has resulted in a much larger and longer project than the ban is meant for. On the other side of this, the ban was to motivate me into being productive…which…didn’t work so well.

Aside from extending a 4-hour project into a 1-2 week long project, I’ve taken up Neopets again. This comes at a bad time as I am heading into the rebrand and trying to finish all the projects I started this year. Thank the creator of Citrus, without you, I would be wasting a lot more time playing Hasee Bounce and collecting lint jelly from the not-so-secret jelly world on Neopia. I would also be tweeting more about how unproductive I am being and the woodpecker that is knocking at my second story window. The cat wants to eat you, please stop, Zorro knocks over my lamp and BB8 toy every time you try to eat a bug.

In other news, I am still taking on the three goal challenge I started. I keep adding more tasks which make reaching the end goals more difficult. Working on scaling back the ideas exploding and being realistic with what is accomplishable in a day. I find myself underestimating how easily I get distracted. Hence Citrus, planning, and focused goals.

I do better when I know what I want to accomplish and why. I’ve been having difficulties creating a new home page, about me, and organizing my portfolio. I attribute this to waffling on the target audience. I keep switching between targeting freelance clients and hiring managers at motion design companies. I know there is overlap, but I’m struggling with that focus. It affecting the brand image I want to create. To the point where I want to split into two websites, but I don’t. Even writing these thoughts makes me conflicted. I’ve been working on different strategies to figure out what I want. Will do another one tomorrow morning and hope my head clears.

Updates will come soon. I will be posting despite not finishing. The writing help clears my head and reminds me to keep making progress instead of letting the failure consume me. Plus, you keep me accountable and excited to show off process.

Thanks for reading!

~Kendall

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Weekly Goals & Neopets

Had a weird moment today. Got sidetracked and started looking for jobs at Neopets? I’m not even sure why I would want a job there. Honestly, I want to make over the site. For our senior capstone, we had to redesign a big brand along with a whole launch campaign. I created a whole project on Kennedy Space Center, but halfway through the semester realized Neopets would have been a great option. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen because I was already committed and couldn’t change it. Plus redesigning KSC was fun. I never did post that to my portfolio, maybe this week.

Speaking of this week I have three goals to achieve by Friday. I’m trying out the three-goal method, might have made up that name, but you set three goals for six months from now, three for the month, three during the week, and three a day. I have hope that it’ll help me be more productive, especially during the holiday season. Lack of sunlight has me acting like a sloth for most of the winter, so I can really use some goal pep talks.

This week’s goals are:

  1. Thumbnail & styleframes for that short animation I want to make.
  2. Actually, update my website. I’ve been sitting on several drafts for portfolio pages for weeks now. Just need to pick one and post.
  3. Pick the project idea I would enjoy working on for the Adobe Creative Residency and start working on it. I want some examples to put into the proposal.

I have other things to work on during the days, of course, these are just three overarching goals I am going to achieve. It’ll be great to see progress.

If you’ve tried this method let me know. I’m interested to see if it works for people and how it’ll change my productivity. My post on Startup Weekend goes up Monday. Follow my twitter to see a link when it does.

~Kendall

Face Your Fear

Today was the start of a favorite event of mine, Startup Weekend. Create a startup in 54 hours. As always I’m excited!

There’s going to be a lot of crazy ups and downs coming. I’ll probably be late in posts this weekend as a result, but I content will resume to normal as soon as the startup weekend crazy dies down. I am also still working on ways to process my feelings from the election. I’m now realizing that would have been a great idea to pitch. Art Therapy for the news. I’ll get back to you on that.

So the group is still figuring out what we want to create in this weekend. Our goal is to create a way to help people face their fears, more specifically fears of failure and rejection. We’re trying to find a way to do that still. Will keep you posted, but I really need to get some sleep.

 

 

 

Errr….Animation Inspiration 97

Did not achieve goals for anything today. Little hiccup with the discipline. I’m not counting today as a productive day since I didn’t accomplish anything. Had time to despite a long car ride and being locked out of my computer this morning.

Goals for Monday are to vote and all my new challenges.

It stings a bit that I didn’t do so well today, but this is why I have this challenge in place. I really need to hone the skill of self-discipline. Especially with no deadline. I’m motivated and focus with a deadline (as are most people) but without one, I find myself slacking. Today I learned that mornings are crucial for getting that productive tone set. I spent mine in a car driving for 2 hours. It’s a shame I get motion sick. But tomorrow is a new day!

Since I failed to meet my goals today I have some inspiration.

Unsatisfying | By Parallel Studio

This amuses me because I watch the videos on Youtube that are in this style. It’s funny to see it in an animation and the different takes on what is unsatisfying.

New Logo | By Sebastian Curi

Love these logo animations! Makes me want to go play with animating my own! Very fun simple line designs and playful type. Very sleek and interesting to watch! Love it!

Challenges Day 1

Sorry, my post is late. I had it almost ready to go and then I locked myself out of my computer. It’s fixed now.


 

Day one productivity challenge and minimalism.

Writing wise, I’m still working on the second half of that goal. Being distracted by SNL. The 10 minutes this morning went by fast! I felt like I’d hardly started when my timer went off. Might make that goal a bit longer if the following days feel the same.

The cover letter goal is near finished. It’s been written and edited with prep for email. I still have to send but have a couple loose ends to tie up. Will send out along with my other cover letter later. Art wise I promise you I made something but it goes along with my cover letter. I don’t want to share it since it’s directly related to the companies I’m applying for.

Minimalism goal achieved! I decided to get rid of this writing fiction guide. I use online guides so this guy has been gathering dust below my bookcase.

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Challenges

Challenges. A daunting and difficult task, but still feasible.

The first being 30 Days of Productivity challenge. This one features the original novel writing challenge, the infamous job search, and a personal art project. Every day I will do something that helps me accomplish these three tasks this month. I already do these tasks, but I want to force consistency with the level of productivity. As remarked in earlier posts this week I’ve been frustrated with my busy to productive ratio. I’ve outlined three tasks I can do to be consistent in accomplishing these goals.

  1. Spend minimum 10 minutes every morning writing and 15 minutes every night.
  2. Write one cover letter every day and email.
  3. Make something and upload to a social media once a day.

The important thing with these three goals is that they’re manageable and will keep me going. I will be updating you on the progress as I go along.

The second challenge is playing The Minimalism Game. With the holidays coming along, meaning the season of gifts, I want to get rid of items gathering dust and accomplishing nothing. To play you get rid of one thing on day one, two things on day two, three on three, and so forth. Will photograph items I am either donating or throwing out and post either on IG stories or Twitter.

Excited to see how this goes. Officially starting tomorrow as I need to head to bed. Should be an interesting month.

NaNo Seeking Writer | WIP

I spent 8+ hours animating today, and about 8+ hours yesterday. I didn’t make it too far last night before I crashed despite a zillion cups of coffee. At least it reinforced my love for motion design. There are not many other project types that keep my attention that long, aside from lettering. It was nice animating all day.

Aside from tons of animation, I drank a lot of coffee. I do plan to keep animating the title sequence. Due to time constrictions, I pulled out some of the boards. It got overwhelming animating every square and trying to figure out the shape layers. So many null objects. So many. It took me a couple hours to get in the groove. I realize I should have begun animating last week, but I just wanted to keep designing!

This project is so much fun and I’m happy with the current result, although I want a complete version of it still. For that portfolio! I didn’t even get a chance to tinker with the sound design! For future projects, I’ll make sure to start animating sooner.

I’ll continue working on it, but here’s the current state of the animation. Feel free to give a critique since it’s still a work in progress!

Life Updates | Catchup

I got my cup of tea and I’m ready to animate for the next couple hours! My day got split between research and job applications instead of what I wanted to achieve, animation. So a late night begins! I’ve got two more days to animate and sound design, but realistically only one full day. Tomorrow we have company so I don’t anticipate work after 1 pm. Therefore the bulk of animation gets to happen tonight and Thursday.

I haven’t done a life update in awhile, despite posting every night. These last couple weeks have just been crazy in my mind. Last week was more toned down but had a lot of follow up emailing as well as work. I spent a lot of time trying to get my bearings back after the intense networking week prior. Denver Startup Week tired me out! I also followed along the Adobe Youtube Live Sessions on Motion Design. They had amazing artists and I learned so much during those three days! Glad I got a chance to catch the sessions!

Monday, September 12, 2016, started with an early morning commute to Denver for a panel. The topic was Artist as an Entrepreneur. The three people there were very knowledgeable and had very interesting perspectives on presenting yourself as a business. I learned a ton. It was also great because space was small so I was able to meet two of the panelists. Following that, I ended up being an adult and going home to work.

Tuesday I had a lunch meeting with a client. That went well. That evening was a concert at the huge Pepsi Center. All American Rejects! Also, Blink182 and A Day to Remember. More importantly, Mike Kennerty liked my tweet. It should be known that I am a massive AAR fan. A great, fun concert, but tiring.

The following morning I did work. Then went down for Startup Week Denver. I went on a pedal-hopper tour which was interesting. We went to three different startups in a growing area of Denver. Made some new friends and then went to the Startup Week Career Fair. That was the biggest fair I’ve ever gone to. Three giant floors.

Thursday I commuted down in the middle of the week for, yet another, career fair. Then went straight home to work on my title sequence animation. This is when I discovered that they had extended the deadline. Celebrated with sleep.

Friday morning was Creative Mornings Denver. After that, I hung around for a couple hours waiting for my mother. Ended up at a parking meter photo shoot. It was Parking Day which is meant to represent taking back parking spaces. People set up a photo booth in a couple parking spaces. Lunch with mom and then home to relax for a bit. Then in the evening I went to Boulder Filmmaking Incubators for, more networking. It ended up being less networking and more critique group. Honestly, I was a little disappointed because the meetup group description made it sound more like a networking event. It was interesting watching the independent films, but I wish it had been more transparent about what the meetup actually was. It was a great and interesting critique session, but definitely not a networking event. The films screened were amazing and I learned quite a bit about the film process. If I end up at another one I’m interested in seeing progress on films shown and their process.

That concludes the crazy Denver Startup Week. This week has been hectic with job apps and emails. Hustling at all the projects. And now gotta get to that animation before I shower and sleep. Gonna be crazy tomorrow.

Night,
Kendall

Small Epiphanies | Title Sequence process

Nearly done with those vectors. I decided that I should just halt making more items for the grid and just move forward. I got my head that I should make this title sequence exactly the same as the original, but it’s suppose to inspired by it. I don’t need to make the entire 30 seconds. Especially since I’m working on the project alone, have other things to attend to, and only till Friday. There’s no way I will be even close to done animating if I follow it exactly. I don’t know why I got it in my head that I had to be. Now that I’ve realized that, I can speed up the process.

Since I’m changing it up I found some music and will be hunting some free sounds down to lay over it. I’m going to leave that till the end since it’s less important than just animating at this point. The plan is to just get as close to finished as possible and submit Thursday night. I didn’t accomplish the goals from yesterday, but now that I am stopping the grid concepts I can focus on the animations. I just wanted to finish making concepts for every single square, and now I’m realizing I could have moved on a long time ago. The more you learn.

Night friends,
Kendall

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More Vectors & Monday Goals

Today was draining…got some vectoring done, but we had a memorial in the middle of the day so I felt pretty emotionally drained after that. I wasn’t expecting to get much done after it, but I’m still finding myself frustrated with how behind I am. Tomorrow will be busy, but excited to take on the crazy this week will offer!

I have plans to rise early and work work work until I have to go down to Denver. There’s a panel for Denver Startup Week in the middle of the day on Meow Wolf. Super excited to attend! I might bring my computer down with me so that I can get some work done after the fact, or get on a bus back right away…I have yet to decide. Goal is to have all vectors done, animation files prepped, at just one animated square. I got this. #tired

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