While stuck at home in the midst of a global pandemic, I might as well put up a short about being the experience of being pulled in two different directions and having to make difficult choices about one’s life direction.
I’ve been a fan of Russian-American Animator Genndy Tartakovsky for quite a while. As a kid I watched plenty of his older works. I remember watching countless episodes of his other shows; Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and the Star Wars: Clone Wars cartoon he made in 2003. Tartakovsky has always been great at creating a cinematic feel with a lot of his animation and his work has always excelled at visual storytelling.
So when I saw that he was making a new animated series for Adult Swim, I was excited, needless to say.
And having had the time to sit down and watch the show, I can say it does not disappoint.
Another winter goes by, another semester at school has ended. The new year is soon, and that’s another year of experiences and life lessons I’ve faced.
As I look back on where I was last year, I find myself remembering what it was like to really start to live on my own for the first time.
One more film for the season; this one came to me from a delirious, caffeine induced sketch I made in my school notebooks one morning, which quickly became the main idea for my final project for that class.
Behold the tale of a horse faced cowboy who rides through the desert in search of the witch who cursed his face. Featuring all manner of weird western silliness. I might revisit this concept someday. In the meantime, enjoy!
A short about writing an illuminated manuscript. Got the idea for this after wondering what it would be like to draw and animate on vellum. Which in a way I did end up doing.
A short about unexpected run-ins that I made with someone else’s background for a class. Based vaguely on personal experiences – but at a coffee shop, not a Vietnamese restaurant.
My last class of the semester finished earlier this week, and almost immediately I found myself feeling somewhat disoriented at the concept of not having assignments due for the week. This gave way to the realization that I had plenty of free time to do all the personal hobbies, work related tasks, and other personal projects that I enjoy and meant to do for fun that I had been putting off because I had to prioritize my schoolwork. So for a day or two I was able to devote myself to the various “fun stuff” and actual tasks that I typically do in my spare time; walking through my city, writing in coffee shops (for serious work stuff and for personal enjoyment such as this), painting, drawing, and sleeping among other things. And I enjoyed it for sure.
Today, as I was walking back home from a game store in my neighborhood, I began to consider something. This place is one I often like to go to play games for a few hours and enjoy myself, but as I was walking from that store, I began to think to myself “Playing tabletop games is fun, but at some point I may have to give it up and move on as my animation career moves forward.”
“I can’t keep doing this forever.”
Made this for an assignment. I filmed the driving footage from the inside of an Uber while I was visiting Pennsylvania and later on created the animation of a biker to composite over the footage. It could be more refined (the biker floats off of the ground in a couple of places because of how I edited the video, and the character isn’t cleanly edited in) but ultimately it’s a nice, simple animation.
(This piece was originally written for a creative nonfiction class, and is taken from the definition of “immigrant” in the Miriam-Webster dictionary)
It’s official; I am now an art school student! Getting here was a long and journey and I’ve arrived at last. It’s been about two months since I started art school now, and over this time I’ve experienced some things and learned a lot – and not just the skills I need to accomplish my long held dreams but also various actual life lessons that have carried me through my school career so far – and what I hope will continue to carry me through an art career into the future.
Here’s a brief overview of how I feel about my time going (back to) school so far…