So here's my 1,999 words, which I procrastinated over way too much and pretty much paid the price for. But one way or the other it's done for good or ill, and that's kind of important in its own way.
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Part of the reason I'm doing this is to continue building daily writing as a habit, but unlike the course I was doing that's not the only reason. I also need more experience in dealing with characters rather than plots, since I really need to make my characters stand out more as people. So I'm combining the 100 Themes with Tracy Culleton's List of Character Traits and giving each character in the scene three random traits that I need to show through their interactions.
Don't expect any of this to be great literature or anything, it's mostly going to be 1000 word or so drabbles. I think of it as something like a sketchbook, where I doodle around with ideas and see what comes up. Maybe eventually I'll pop out some decent ideas that are worth putting in longer stories, who knows? Even if I don't, it's worth the effort.
3,625 words, approx. 2 1/2 hours
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Yeah, I'm Pagan-ish. I'm also Buddhist-ish, and probably a bunch of other -ishes, and not a bit Christian-ish. But Christmas was never a religious or even commercial holiday to me, so I claim I can happily celebrate it same as anyone else. So there.
Also, much hate for the pain in the ass that is setting up an iPod.
Not a stellar pass, at least as far as Drawing goes, but I'll take what I can get. Here's how it breaks down:
Animation Design: A+
Practices & Principles: A
Life Drawing: B+
Animation Drawing: C+
That gives me a 3.4 GPA, which is .2 short of honours, but that's not a big deal. The C+ is disappointing though, given I was headed for a B up to the final project. I lost a lot of points there, and it really bothers me. I'm gonna have to work even harder next term if I want to get anywhere.
Still, a pass is a pass, and I would guess I'm still near the top of the class. This is the point where we weed out a lot of the lower performers and those who aren't really committed, though, so we'll see just how many we're left with on the 11th.
So, how's your decade been?
I mean seriously, how am I supposed to keep reading after he uses a phrase like "the afro-'tude-frog-princess-revert to our roots and sell more princess dolls picture", then pulling the bullshit white privilege "gee, I didn't know it was racist, can't I say afro-american now?" routine. He knows full well it's racist, he just has justification close at hand.
Not that he's that easy to read the rest of the time anyway. Guess that's one more item off my RSS feed, and good riddance to rancid shit.
My Antic Box animation netted me a 75%, which for my notoriously hard-marking teacher, isn't a bad result at all.
Which, of course, was another issue for me. Since the school is literally across town and bus service on Sunday sucks, I'd basically be blowing three hours of my Sunday in transit alone, to say nothing of what I'd spend at the school itself. So what to do.
Found a solution, in part with improving my practice using MonkeyJam. I've got a peg bar taped to my scanner right now to keep everything in register, and I finally found out about the VPN service the college has got, so that means once I get everything "filmed", I can remotely submit it from home. Yay for technology!
Except it's due on Monday, and we didn't even get to start until yesterday. That's including shooting a line test for it, and learning how to draw drapery, which I've never studied.
I feel like I'm going to do really poorly on this one.
- I need the drawing experience. I'll be honest, at this point I'm really not that good. And I need to get a lot better. The best, in fact the only way to do that is by doing a lot of drawing. As they say, "if you're having trouble drawing feet, draw a lot more feet". In Traditional, I'll get that, but in 3D I wouldn't. My friend's brother, who's in the program already, admits that the program doesn't have a lot of drawing in it other than life drawing. So it doesn't fit my needs.
- This one's just personal opinion, but I don't find 3D animation nearly as appealing as traditional/2D. Paper or Flash/Harmony, I find I like animation way better if it looks like someone actually drew it, and I won't get that in 3D. To me, stuff like Wakfu or Ponyo feel a lot...warmer than stuff like Toy Story and Horton Hears a Who, as well made as those two movies are.
I'm guessing a good deal of my friend's point is, like her brother, to get away from the guy who runs the second year program. And that's fair, since she really hates the guy. But me, I haven't had those problems, so I don't have much reason to complain. I've worked for WAY worse than this guy, and I'm sure I will again once I'm in the industry. So why should I worry about it?
Speaking of developing my drawing, a couple new pages of Bridgeman studies up at my sketch blog, check 'em out.