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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

What You Know And What You Don’t

We had a meeting of the Board of Directors of Animation Resources last weekend, and an interesting comment came up… Someone observed that the material we share in our Reference Packs isn’t necessarily the sort of educational material a student might know he or she needs… It’s the sort of material that they don’t know they need, but they really do. Discovering important resources you didn’t know existed is more important and exciting than mining the small pool of things you already know about.

I sometimes have people come in to use our library who are only interested in “the usual suspects”… Chuck Jones, Freddie Moore, Mary Blair, etc. Those artists are all great and worthy of study, but they are just the first step of discovery. If you want to travel to places the art form hasn’t gone before, you have to expand your frame of reference to be able to envision the limitless possibilities that exist in animation. That means taking an interdisciplinary approach… not just studying animators, but studying creators in all fields… music, art, dance, performance, design.

There is no school on Earth that teaches how to think like an artist, even though it’s a subject that really should be taught. In order to think creatively, a student needs to open their world up and seek out knowledge and life experiences they haven’t experienced yet. Then they can incorporate that into their own process of creation to make things that don’t look just like the things everyone else are making. CREATIVE THINKING is the ultimate destination all students should be aiming for, and that takes a wide view of creativity.

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Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Inbetweens: Will Finn on Style

Will Finn on Style

Style is important in drawing and sometimes in cartooning it seems like everything. But to me, style can become a kind of mannerism that gets carried away with itself. It can be a straightjacket as much as a hallmark.

If there was one thing I would encourage young and beginning artists to do it would be draw who and what is around you, with less emphasis on graphic style and with more intention on capturing likeness and understanding of the things you are drawing. -Will Finn

Read both of Will’s articles on this subject at his wonderful blog…

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