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The past month and a half or so has been nonstop busy. 

The liberating thing though, is it’s not getting me down or anything. 
I came to a realization about animation, things like that…

It should be something simple, like “well duh,” but something I’ve noticed with all the studios, the fans, etc, is that the studio attitude is giving fans what they think the fans want, and then the fans call the studios out for not giving them what they want at all. 

The lynch pin in this is, there’s this cycle of dependency, of studios on audience, audience on studio, and in an established system, of course that’s going to happen. But the problem is, each sees the other as the end all. This is especially noticeable on the audience end, because that’s what you typically encounter on this site. 

Seeing yet another post about Disney not including enough POC, making all the characters look the same, Dreamworks laying off workers, everyone gutting their 2D departments, resorting to sequels, and now even the sequels are underperforming, so the industry is in a severe state of flux…

My question is…why are we still looking to these places (and I say places, not people, because there are a lot of ways good talents are lost in these messes and I won’t disregard their skills) for validation? Why am I still looking to these places for validation?

Wanting to be a Disney animator is a hangup for many people, because you’re boxing yourself into a specific idea about what animation “has to be.”

I get why - I’m only in my 20s, I watched all the Disney films on videocassette, it encapsulated this magic and artistry and of course it influenced me. It’s easy to see that as the height of what animation can be. It is a height, as achieved by these particular artists, but the wonder of imagination, of true imagination, is pushing yourself, and looking beyond even that which you hold in the highest esteem. 

"Shoot for the moon - even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars."

That’s an old saying, right?

The old ideas about art and animation…I’m not saying they’re dead, but I don’t know if they are being practiced in the studio system anymore. Disney has a legacy, but pretty much all of the artists who created that foundation are dead. It’s the same studio in name but not necessarily in content. I think people are going to…I think I’m going to have to realize that the studio I wanted doesn’t exist anymore. There’s a new house style and system, which may be fine in it’s way, but I don’t know if it does it for me. 

I’ve wondered if it was just me growing up, if it took longer to “outgrow cartoons” than my other peers, if all of my proclamations of glory were just tempered by nostalgia. But in the past year or two, I’ve taken it upon myself to reach further into animation history, some of which of course involves seeing films I’ve never seen before. And I still love animation. And that difference is still there. How could it not be? It was a different time!

The thing I’m not going to allow myself to do is lament the loss of this art form. How in the world can I hope to aspire to make great things if everyone’s telling me the best is already behind me? 

There’s this divide between the purists and the futurists, but it’s severely lacking in grey areas. I think history should be learned from, should inspire, and I also don’t think progress is bad. I love animating in Flash! I love just being able to play back my timing instantly! Yet I have a stylistic ideology that predates my life! And I have to keep checking myself, because dangit, I don’t want to never grow and develop, and just draw the same thing forever. 

The short version (if it’s possible) is that I can’t rely on an already very unsteady institution structure to produce the kind of content I want to see. I can’t just be one of the people waiting for someone else to pick up the slack.

I’m going to have to do it.

Me, and other people who feel the same.

And jeez that’s going to be hard. 

But I can’t do any less! 

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Chess Kings
So, a couple months ago Hugbees got me into Chess, which is a sort of bizarre but incredibly catchy musical. The story is all over the place, but the songs are great. To me at least. A chess tournament is taking place sometime in the 70s, with the Cold War for a backdrop. So when a Russian goes up against an anti-Communist American, things are bound to get interesting. My favorite version so far is the concert version, which you can watch here actually. Though I listened to the recording before seeing the footage, so I got a visual impression of the characters that was based solely on their voices. 
Here are the two main men - the Russian challenger, Anatoly, who may have a little Josh Groban injected in there, and the American champion, Freddie. Most productions have them dress in black and white, so that they are like the de facto black and white kings on a chess board. And since I like being very obvious with symbolism, I tried to exaggerate that even more here - Anatoly is all dark, and Freddie is super pale - white blonde, the works. 
Oh, they’re both jerks, by the way.
What do you think - want to talk Chess?

Chess Kings

So, a couple months ago Hugbees got me into Chess, which is a sort of bizarre but incredibly catchy musical. The story is all over the place, but the songs are great. To me at least. A chess tournament is taking place sometime in the 70s, with the Cold War for a backdrop. So when a Russian goes up against an anti-Communist American, things are bound to get interesting. My favorite version so far is the concert version, which you can watch here actually. Though I listened to the recording before seeing the footage, so I got a visual impression of the characters that was based solely on their voices. 

Here are the two main men - the Russian challenger, Anatoly, who may have a little Josh Groban injected in there, and the American champion, Freddie. Most productions have them dress in black and white, so that they are like the de facto black and white kings on a chess board. And since I like being very obvious with symbolism, I tried to exaggerate that even more here - Anatoly is all dark, and Freddie is super pale - white blonde, the works. 

Oh, they’re both jerks, by the way.

What do you think - want to talk Chess?

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Hey, if anyone has any art requests ever, you’re free to drop them in. There’s no guarantee about what I’ll be able to do, but that’s the difference between a request and a commission, right? So yeah, might be fun. But in the meantime I’ll be posting my own stuff.

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Just finished classes at the Animation Guild for the spring - awesome as always. I’m going to be posting some art from there eventually. 

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murdercide626 asked: Wreck-It Ralph

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I guess…this one! Turbo! Though I also like Ralph a lot, but Turbo is just so delightfully spiteful. And his 8 bit form is the best. It’s kind of tapping into that creepypasta thing that so many people dig. 

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hug-bees:

katyfarina:

jovaline:

bevsi:

wuffen:

raakelh:

HEY EVERYBODY LET’S DO THIS RIGHT NOW HERE’S MY ASK BOX

doing this again because hey why not

flood my inbox pls

Doin’ this again because I haven’t drawn with my tablet in, like, a week and I need a quick warm up! Send me things ya’ll!

I’ll doodle some up this weekend! Super fast doodles but YEAH throw some fandoms at me!

I’d love to do this!! :D

I guess I’ll try this again!

hug-bees:

katyfarina:

jovaline:

bevsi:

wuffen:

raakelh:

HEY EVERYBODY LET’S DO THIS RIGHT NOW HERE’S MY ASK BOX

doing this again because hey why not

flood my inbox pls

Doin’ this again because I haven’t drawn with my tablet in, like, a week and I need a quick warm up! Send me things ya’ll!

I’ll doodle some up this weekend! Super fast doodles but YEAH throw some fandoms at me!

I’d love to do this!! :D

I guess I’ll try this again!

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