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December 30, 2011


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Its time to close another chapter in my life for 2011. Its been an awesome year, alot of self-development going on in my life and I owe it to many people that walked into my life. I've gone through thick and thin, through many storms and calm seas and survived.

Five years... felt like yesterday I walked into my first job as an animator back in 2007. Truthfully, I never liked being an animator but I don't hate it. I'd learn alot in doing animation and post-production (its fun to edit stuff sometimes) but my real love is in doing illustrations, and concepts.  Bleh, if you see my animation work, you'll burn your eye sockets. haha  

Since I want to do more illustration stuff, I decided to work my way to become a concept artist, keep on practicing, drawing inspirations, doing background and visual designs for various projects, over-influenced by other masters, re-evaluate my style (I still don't see which part of my style is like Gorillaz...seriously haha but I take it as a compliment all the time), open to more learning (it was a painful process) and more practicing (especially my linework). I find storyboarding fun (depending on the script I get), and moodboards are the best way to practice your understanding of colors and lighting setting for an act or sequence. I love doing those (except when they are rushed then, its a bitch to do).

Do I ever felt like giving up? Oh hell yes, lots of times, you have no fuckin' idea how many times I break down emotionally in my room wanting to quit my job. My dad supported me alot in those down times and I thank him for that.  Nobody gets their dream post or job if they are not willing to open up for more learning (that is what I'm still getting use to). If it clashes with your pride and ego in it, you'll go nowhere.

If someone (which is an experienced artist) tells you bluntly you suck in drawing, take it in and accept your errors and fix it (hell, lots of teeth gritting and fist clenching involved ahaha but a few deep breaths and a good rock song, will do just fine) Do I get alot of rejections? Hell, yeah plenty. That means I still have alot to improve on.

On a personal note, to my colleagues, old and new, when the dept leaders tells you to keep a sketchbook, they don't mean keep them till they collect dust, use the fucking thing and keep doodling shit in there until it becomes good shit. Don't prove to others and don't prove to your leaders, but prove to yourself that you can do what it takes to improve your skills. Don't call yourselves artists if the sketchbook is absent or if its empty. I'll take that empty book and use it instead (first to slap you with it before keep it as my own.)

So where am I going next year? Journey to the land of Down Under to master my illustrating skills of course. I'll be boxing kangaroos, blowing didgeridoos, and have koalas infesting in my room. I will deffo bring more sketchbooks to fill in once i'm there. Commissions will continue next year, FMM will have new adventures and more future webcomics will take shape in 2012.  

See you on the otherside. Wherever that is.


Superman: Hey no fair using reindeer!
Santa: Oh yeah, no fair using our yellow sun you fucking alien!
  • Listening to: Best Night - LMFAO
  • Reading: Secrets of the Millionaire Mind - T.Harv Eker
  • Watching: An American Horror Story - Season 01
  • Playing: my dragonballs
  • Eating: flesh of gingerbread citizens
  • Drinking: lots of tea
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HummbleD Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
reading this, i felt like i was in one of those promotional groups where they have big events, where its almost like walking into a concert for the first time, but instead of a band, you have people talking about how they started out, where they achieved and failed, where they are in their life now, and what more improvement they need to make within theirselves. it pumps you full of inspirational energy even if your not there for the company lmaoo. having me yelling "hells yeah!!" (even tho i just walked in cause i got lost). your work is beyond great, even tho you might here that from everyone and their grandmother but you are right when you say YOU have to feel like your work is something much more. take pride in what you have accomplished over the years and thank the people who have criticized you even more than the compliments. cause the criticism make you want to push yourself better to say "whos work suck now!" keep your inspirations and dont forget to bring some boxing gloves and fruits for those animals lol. your always watching and quiet friend ^-^ Hummble
Oruba Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
You sound so positive no matter the bad times. Wish you all the luck!
CptBlackFox Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is truly inspiring man! I think my passion for art has just grown tremendously thank you so much !!!
Cricky-Vines Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I found this most inspiring thank you :aww: I've been losing a lot of hope in my art and this made me feel better :)
jlel Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great reflection! Thanks for sharing and good luck! :)
unLuckySaturday Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"over-influenced by other masters,..." now you are a master! :salute: hope to see more of your masterpieces master. Godbless you you this year. :woohoo:
Techno56 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow this journal is inspiring! I wish you a happy new year and good luck in Australia! :D I'm looking forward to new fmm pics! It sucks how you would break down like that because your an amazing artist and you should NEVER give up! I would be devastated. Seriously you are my favorite artist on this entire website and your the reason I check this website everyday! I know you will be big one day. ;) Oh and this year I am going to save up my money (Cause I'm broke from Christmas XD) and ask you to do a commission. I cant wait!:D I wish you good luck in the new year!
decembertiggerX Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
Wow, pretty inspiring stuff! What doesn't kill you makes you stronger; such a cliche, but I think it does apply to you, as you've seem to have learned a lot from all your trials and obstacles. (You make me feel very apprehensive about applying to Inspidea in the future though, haha!) I have no idea how I'm gonna feel about working as an animator in say, a few years time, but I hope my passion for it will never fade.

Anyways, thanks for the great advice! I'm glad you're pushing forward to do what you love, all the best and may 2012 be an awesome year of learning and growing for you. Have fun in OZ! :)
Kippindel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Student
HAH HAH! ! !
I love how many people have told you how dangerous it is in Australia~! ! !
Come on then come join us Aussie folk down here...
Good luck and I hope you get where you want...
kaze32 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Happy new year! :]

Keep doin' what you do.
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