Well, there you go. I have mixed feelings about it all, finishing 15th out of 206 entries with an animation that was incomplete (missing the squirrel gimmick) and a concept that leaves one scratching one’s head.
With 14 days left in the month, I started animating. The concept.. I still don’t know what it is, what it means. Who cares. The animation is complete and submitted. I’m so happy it’s over.
It’s about time I get back to it, right? The animations don’t make themselves. And I can’t win the competitions, nor have my work seen, nor build experience, if I sit on my hands all day. So off I go!
Highs and lows come and go, but for creative people who doubt their ability, stewing in a creative low can quickly become a prison. Since November, I’ve basically stopped all work and been on holiday in my mind. Honestly, I can sit in a quiet room and not one interesting thought will show itself. It’s just blank. That can’t be good.
I learned a few lessons in October – the most important being “Don’t base your animation concepts on movies that were made more than 5-10 years ago.” The audience may not get the joke.
It’s a terrible thing trying to win an animation contest while battling a mini-addiction to Minecraft. The bad news is, I didn’t come in first place. The good news is I have more gold ingots than I know what to do with!
I don’t have to tell you what a dummy I am, do I? Believe me, I was cruising along just fine with my animation entry for September when THIS arrived in the mail on Friday.
Monday’s are so terrible anyway. I didn’t need anything else ruining it for me. Just Monday being Monday is usually bad enough.
I was shooting to be in the top 20. Missed it by that much, really, and came in 25th place. That’s 25th out of 197 entries. I’m pretty satisfied with that actually! It’s quite an achievement for my first attempt at an animation competition.
This will be the second online competition I’ve participated in (the first being a Christmas themed CG render contest). I started much too late last time and ended up with a half-assed entry. For the 11 Second Club, I’ve employed the entire month of May, and I’ve needed it for my hand-drawn animation.
It’s been quite some time since I posted about my garden, so here are some photos and an update for you.
Honestly, these 20 drawing prompts were harder to write than the last 3 sets. I’m not sure why that is. Maybe the stress of taxes and Obamacare have weighed me down some? The good news is, I have health insurance now and I’m 40% sure I did my taxes right!
I have 6 sketchbooks with lots of blank pages. Recently, I committed to filling up some pages in various styles of drawing and sharing my results. These are simple and silly hand exercises that amuse me.