In second grade, we were assigned to make little pamphlets about ourselves, for the purpose of I don’t know — proving our sentience or something. I didn’t hand it in. I felt like I was wrong for doing the assignment, despite having been assigned to do it, and despite having already finished it. The bottom line: talking about myself made me really uncomfortable. It still makes me uncomfortable. All that’s changed is that I now have enough willpower to stop being a big baby and just hand in the assignment. Also they let me vote now, so that’s pretty okay. I want to preface this post by saying that if I ever, and I mean EVER come off as facetious or disconnected it is because I’m actually very uncomfortable, like right now for example. I’m not trying to justify it. It’s something I am aware of and am trying my very hardest to correct. Anyway…
I’m trying to make it big as an animator/cartoonist, but I’m majoring in computer science as a backup career option. Rutgers doesn’t offer animation degrees, which is some bunk garbage, but what can ya do? I’m also going for an English minor because bookz r fun. Here’s a shaky-lined drawing of myself that looked funnier in my head.
My weird cartoons are on my youtube page if you want to see them. Don’t expect masterful or brilliant work — I’m an amateur, but I am trying to get better by drawing constantly. I feel like people appreciate realism and painted work more than cartoons and animation. Often, people think that a crude or simple style means the artist is lazy or unskilled. I remember my parents criticizing “Ed, Edd, and Eddy.” They called it “horribly drawn,” and I had to explain to them that it was just stylized, and that someone practiced for years to master that style. Not to mention, animation isn’t just about the way it’s drawn, but also the way it moves. Someone could record a minute of dancing and draw over every frame of the footage (a technique known as rotoscoping), and the result would probably be boring.
In animation, things don’t move realistically, and it’s not because of some flaw but rather, completely intentional. Many animators could create realistic drawing and movement, but choose not to. Most of the time, stylized non-realism is more fun to watch and to create. Imagine if people held other media to the same standards. What if all writing was perfectly realistic? Imagine: no sci-fi and no fantasy. No one would write love stories anymore. And keep in mind, I love me some King of the Hill. The style is boring and semi-realistic, but it suits the show perfectly. If Hank Hill had big anime eyes that would be weird. I mean, I’d still watch it because that could be great in it’s own way. The show just wouldn’t be able to take itself seriously. It would also be funny if SpongeBob had a hyperrealistic human face, but again, the show wouldn’t work without being ridiculously self-aware.
And now you have sufficiently met me. I am a cloud of art philosophy and pop-culture trivia and it’s nice to meet you.
Here’s an important short film:
Here’s the complete Talking Heads discography: