Thursday, 11 April 2013
Seeking a Friend for the End of the Year
"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney
Well, looks as if Year 2 semester 2 of Max the Mutt has just about come to a close, with only a few more assignments to hand in. And since one of these assignments is a written one, I figure I would get in the mood by summing up the positives and the negatives of my experience this year.
Overall Drawing skill defiantly improved exponentially. A rendered portrait in three hours? Sure why not! Character lineup and poses? Pfft, in my sleep (or lack of, see below). Overall sense of forms and three dimension is a lot better then months prior, and I look forward to continuing this trend.
Different teachers having different preferences/ expectations. Despite all of my efforts, I still am not 100% on what great line quality is as multiple teachers look for different qualities in the line. No wobbles or frayed lines is about the one consistency, but as far as where to show tension and stress or making the line come alive I don't know. Could be a practice issue.
Overall confidence with a pencil in my hand improved exponentially. I can say now that I can put an image in my head competently on paper, which you know is tough if you have ever drawn before
Student Favoritism. In the end, its who you know and whats on your reel/ portfolio that lands you that prime position in the animation hierarchy. But while I'm in school, its nice to receive that well earned 'high pass' to boost my self satisfaction to keep going. Its not so nice, however, when your peer who might have half assed or simply ass kissed there way through the course get the same grade. I guess this is another life factor that doesn't stop in high school.
Opportunities galore. This year alone I have met and talked shop with more professionals then I care to count. When you come to Max the Mutt, you put your finger directly on the pulse of the industry as far as I am concerned, and that is very important.
Work load. Remember that aforementioned improved drawing skill from earlier? Well you have to work hard for it, definitely. I'm not opposed to hard work either, but under 4 hours of sleep a night, and even then you feel guilty for even putting your head down takes a toll after a while. There is a HUGE jump from first to second year as well, so if you thought your first trip round the sun with Max was difficult, you might what to think of a different learning path.
Tools, tools and more tools. The reason I am so happy about it being summer break is that the opportunity for self exploration is finally here. I can finally apply all that I have learned to my own works, and am beyond excited to see how much further I can push.
And that about sums it up. I have in no ways attempted to sell the school; that's not why I made the blog in the first place. To give you all an accurate idea as to what you can expect from the school is, and Ill let the works speak for themselves... which Ill upload soon!