What does Pumkin look like from the front when he drinks stuff? Like, does his mouth open? Does he have a mouth to drink with, or does he just magically drink stuff? Cause I know that he can drink because in Weirdy Feeling he drinks the chocolate milk and then had a milk-stache, but he's facing the other direction when he drinks it and I'm all curious now :P
Hey, I had a few questions as someone aspiring to animate in the future... What kinds of jobs can I get and how does the money comes? My parents simply hate the idea of me studying to become one, and want me to study law or something like that, saying im not talented enough... How could I live as an animator?
It depends on what you specialize in! I think people don’t always realize “animation” as a job encompasses about 3 billion actual jobs. It’s pretty cool! Something I really love about animation is how much of a team effort it is. Working in a studio is absolutely incredible and rewarding. That said, there are more ways to work in animation then just studio life, such as being a freelancer. Since I tend to specialize in either goofy sort of comedy animation or more flat, highly graphic work, I tend to get stints doing wee things for youtube, but also doing PSA’s and commercials for advertising companies. I really love working on commercials! My favorite was for Dominos Pizza, despite how I did not, in fact, receive free pizza. So, yeah! Teevee, web, commercial, film, and educational.. there are tons of different types of work for animation. It is certainly a difficult career though for a few reasons. Stability in a studio is hard to find, as a great number of jobs are project based. Once the project is done, you’re out looking for a new job. Turnover is super high, and finding a fixed position at a company is a four leaf clover. It certainly happens though! The work itself too is arduous, and you can expect to work some crazy town hours, but It’s really rewarding and very satisfying. Animation is fun. Unless it’s not. Which sometimes it’s not. But any job is like that really. The best thing you can do honestly to get work is just be reliable, timely, kind, and a generally nice person. The more connections you make with peers in your field, the more people you have helping you out. And more people YOU can help out too!
All that said, doing what you love as a job is not a gift to be taken likely, and absolutely follow your dreams if you have the means. Not everyone has the luxury. It is a luxury to be able to dream, make no mistake. I suppose the best thing would be to talk to your parents about how animation is an industry, not just a past time. Though it’s that too :3
Hey Lindsay, I've been a big fan of your animations for a while (Baman and Piderman was *incoherent positive noises asdfhuiawef*, just needed to gush a bit). I'm an animator myself, and I was wondering on character design, how often do you see gradients used, and what's your thoughts on them? Where are they appropriate and where are they excessive, and what can cause them to be unappealing?
Hey thanks man! For character design, I think the use of gradients is really dependent on what the design itself is for. If it’s for animation, it’s pretty unrecommended, as frame by frame coloring that kind of thing and making sure it won’t flicker is incredibly time consuming. This is different for puppet style animation in Flash or Toon Boom, since it’s a rig and you can get away with that easier, provided it’s not on one of the redraw pieces (such as arms and legs) In illustration you can get away with a lot more! Which is neat. I would caution that excessive or badly done gradients can be seen easily as tacky so make sure you have a method to what you’re doing! And as with all special sort of techniques, less is more! But, of course the rules are made to be broken! So try some stuff and see where your threshhold lies! I think what causes gradients to be unappealing is if they stand out too much, or perhaps don’t serve a design very well. Everything should be intentional in character design, so make sure you’re laying down gradients, or anything really, with some thought and planning behind it!
I myself used to be a bad repeat offender re: too many gradients, but the computer was shiny and new and I WENT MAD WITH MY VERY MODERATE AMOUNT OF POWER. THEY ALL CALLED ME CRAZY, WHO’S LAUGHING NOW, EH. HA HA HA HA HA.
That said, different designs call for different things. Try some stuff out and get jazzed, wahoo!