And not just two months since the last post; but two months since I've taken a 'break' from employment to try and focus on building up an animation portfolio. To be completely honest, while I've done some fun projects in that time (game-themed wedding comics, band illustrations, various translation gigs, illustrated 'cut scenes' for a zombie game, to name a few), not much progress has been done on the animation front. Like, uh, at all. I've read tutorials on the principles of animation, downloaded a few programs and tried my hand at it to, er, varying results, studied frame-by-frames and watched interviews with animators... but I don't feel that much closer to actually animating anything.
A couple days ago I found a free program called 'Plastic Animation Paper' and am actually trying out a walk cycle, which feels good, but, man. For two months, all I've managed to produce is half a walk cycle.
WELP. I've got a month and a half until I go home for Christmas - with my boyfriend, who MIRACULOUSLY got a tourist visa! more on that in another post - so I've got that much time left to procrastinate on this I guess! I always do work better under pressure, I suppose.
All right enough diary-writin', here's a few drawings I've done in the past two months!
And here's an illustration of John Craig & the Weekend, for this week's Sessions from the Box podcast.
....If my parents find this (hi guys?) I'd just like to add that I'm FINANCIALLY SECURE, have plenty of savings from my translation job left, the two English students I teach cover my monthly rent, and all the money I make from illustrations and other commissions is sent straight to my US bank for when I move back home. Also I've been teaching myself how to cook, eat all my vegetables, and the air quality's been pretty good here lately.
Don't worry about meee~ I know what I'm doooing~