Back when I was at Sheridan, the inspiring animation pioneer Kaj Pindal introduced my class to what is still one of the most complicated films I’ve ever seen. From edge to edge, this work really fills the frame, and does so with style. And now you can watch it on YouTube.
If you like animation like I do, check it out.
Watch it all here.
One of the challenges faced by the creative personality is that you are often faced with conflicting priorities created by your own imagination and desire to make reality of your ideas. A few hundred years ago the process of turning vision to reality basically took three forms – sculpting, painting, and architecture (maybe others, but I can’t think of them). By contrast, the contemporary creative is faced with a multitude of options that have expanded the possibilities, the challenges and the competition. How can anyone build a successful creative career in this kind of environment? One of the answers is specialization.
I was once an oil painter, an old-school kind of illustrator with a deep interest in all things traditional when it came to art. I still love the can-do physicality of oil paint, pencils, sculpy and multi-plane cameras, but the efficiencies of modern technology have left much of that way of working in my rear-view. Every once in a while I come across someone that makes me want to set up a studio in the woods and take a deep dive back into the tactile creative process. Cayce Zavaglia is such a person. Check it out. Her work is amazing.
Whether you’re a freelancer or a company, the process of getting service work is difficult. Services are tough things to package for a potential clients. Results can’t be guaranteed, quality of work is difficult to assess, and there is no real way to try-before-you-buy. That means that winning new clients comes down to trust, and that creates a need for a different kind of tactic if you want to get work. A tactic I call the not-sell. Read More…