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Oh wow it's been two months

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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!

Basket pomeranian

Brook and the seagull

Puppies! comic 1

Puppies! comic 2

And here's an illustration of John Craig & the Weekend, for this week's Sessions from the Box podcast.
John Craig & the Weekend

....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~
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On October 14th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC), craqued commented:
uhugghuf THE PUPPIES OHNO. the puppy pressed within the top bike basket is amazing,so FLUFFY. these are cute, sigh i wanna go to china
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On October 15th, 2011 05:14 am (UTC), eblocky replied:
Haha it was even more squished and fluffy than I could actually depict!
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On October 26th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC), lesliebakes replied:
I'm know you know what you're doing, just like you know I know what I'm doing :)
BTW - my friend's wife is an animator back in Toronto...but I think she does it all by hand.....like Disney type movie stuff.
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On October 26th, 2011 02:44 am (UTC), eblocky replied:
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Oh! Would she be willing to answer a few questions about her job and education, over email? I'd be really interested in finding out more about her work if she's available! :)