Character design for animation that will eventually appear in our studio front window for all the world to see. At least those walking down 1st Ave.
I interviewed with this MPLS studio three times since graduating from MCAD (one informational interview, two interviews for job openings), and they have seen my work that many times.
Couldn’t help but notice similarities between this character and a character from an animation I made my senior year at MCAD, which took literally the whole year to make and I had no social life which was a pretty cool way to graduate.
Obviously my character is pretty basic, as is Puny’s design (and I realize they are stylized very differently) but having worked on my own project, “Leonard” for so long, seeing this image in my tumblr feed sent all sorts of feelings through my gut space. Mostly, rage.
I know this shit happens all the time, to artists all around the world. But for a solid year, in between classes and part time jobs, I sat in a dark computer lab drawing. I drank so much redbull I could feel blood pumping through my eyeballs. I ate cheezits for dinner way too many times. I think I developed panic attacks and prehypertension from it all. Basically, it was a lot of fucking work. But at the time I told myself I’d have a nice animation to shop around with to studios and maybe get hired somewhere and BOY WOULD IT BE WORTH IT.
And now, two and a half years later, I work at a restaurant.
But, as a very wise man once told me, ”Ideas are cheap and everyone is borrowing from everyone else all the time”.
So I’ll keep on keeping on, pumping out those cheap ideas like all other artists who are not good enough to hire but who are apparently good enough to “borrow” from.