It all came up rather suddenly. At least, I hardly expected it.
Recently I bought a Cintiq 13HD, which I’ve been coveting for a long, long while. There are Cintiq 22HDs and 24HDs, but both of those seem pretty unreasonable–price, size, and weight-wise. Since I’ll be off to college next year, I can’t really see myself lugging a huge and bulky 24-inch cintiq into my dorm room. I would probably have to do all my homework and whatnot on my bed or on the floor, and the dorm rooms at UD aren’t too big, from what I saw. The Cintiq 13 HD has turned out to be the perfect fit. I haven’t been able to use it much so far, since I have been wrapping up my junior year, and tying up the strings with the SAT test. Joys. The math section kind of kills me.
Back to the thing coming up unexpectedly. The Art Institute of Dallas has Summer studio workshop camps for juniors and seniors every year, and I just found out about them recently. One of the summer studio workshops centers on media arts and animation, which is associated with the storytelling, character design, and cinematic elements of artistry. And, oh my word, I am on the verge of signing up! Just a few last minute things to arrange, and then it will be official. I have always loved storytelling, and I have always drawn, for as long as I can remember. When I was around 8 I started to seriously write stories, and it would be my currency, if you know what I mean. Whenever I acted out my parents would punish me by taking away the computer, thus my ability to type/write. However, this did not stop me from resorting to pen and paper! XD In my sophomore year I actually became more intent in improving my drawing ability, which since then has become a central passion in my life. I discovered so many amazing artists who inspire me tremendously. These include . . .
Brigid Vaughn (a UD alumni, btw 😉
Tracy J. Butler (writer/artist of the Lackadaisy comic–you can find the link to her site on the second photo, in its caption)
Erik’s-Desdemona (a deviantart member):
So there you have it. Just a few of the artists whose work inspires me. I also enjoy looking at various disney blogs and Art of (animated films) books. Glen Keane, Brittany Myers, Michael Haynes, Richard Williams, Milt Kahl–the list unravels on forever and I couldn’t possibly do that now. I need to go draw. But just a few more things . . .
At the Art Institute of Dallas two of the instructors of the animation workshop-camp, a husband and wife team, worked for Disney before teaching at the Art Institute. They designed the characters of Beauty and the Beast, and they also worked on the Lion King and Pocahontas . . . so, that makes me even MORE excited, if possible. My 18th birthday is almost here, which means adulthood. I am just beginning to wake up to the fear and joy of it all. I suppose this time of life can be pretty overwhelming. But God is walking beside me, I can’t wait to see where he will carve my path.
So for now, to all you creative people, “Here’s to climbing the Alpine Path” (referencing L.M. Montgomery’s metaphorical term for the artist’s journey) . . .