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Work is taking over my life. So much so, that not only am I neglecting my blogging, but I am also neglecting my ever-important web-browsing time. I am slowly slipping into that person I feared I would become while at AM. I am becoming a certified hermit, only letting myself into the sunlight to go to work and catch a few rays by the pool for an hour or two every week. So sad. Whatever happened to summers when you were a kid? Bike rides around the block, every day by the pool/beach, endless vacations because you didn’t have to worry about getting time off. Nope, in real life, you realize that things don’t come so easy, aka, I have to give up my social life in order to do what I really want to do: animate.

I’m so ready to move out to the west coast, but I feel like there is so much I still need to do before I go. I need to save more money, and more importantly I need to get further along in AM. If I move out to California and get a job in film or animation, I won’t have any time to really devote to AM like my job now allows me to do. The down side is that I’m stuck in a job that is fine, but that’s all it is, just fine. I want to love work. I want to WANT to get up in the morning and go to work. I think I’m just really bummed because I feel like so many people are jsut heading out to Cali right now. Why do I have to be sensible? Why can’t I just get my butt out there with them? When do I get my chance???

It sounds sort of depressing, and I guess in a lot of ways it is, but it’s the sacrifice I have to make. All these incredible animators have come before me, and now I’ve got the chance to learn from them and hear what they have to say, and they all say the same thing. They all basically locked themselves away for a year or two without any outside life and devoted themselves to their work. I never really wanted to be a workaholic, but I always knew that once I found something I really loved, I would be doomed to become one. And it’s happening. I’m thinking about my animation all the time. About my next assignment, about finishing my first class, about when I will have time to get more work done. And I’m really looking forward to the day when I can just do art all the time, and get paid to do it, and not have to worry about waking up at the crack of dawn to make a bunch of spoiled brats their coffee.

All this hard work will pay off in the end, and in the mean time, I’m just enjoying the little things. Like summer barbecues! Memorial Day was this past Monday. Summer means every weekend having a bunch of beer, burgers, hot dogs, steak and great friends over to sit by the pool and get drunk with. How can you not love that? I let myself not worry about animation at all this past Monday. It was refreshing to take a day off.

One of the only other pleasures in life that I still allow myself is the viewing of Glee. This show really is genius. It appeals to everyone, even straight men! (They just have to be man enough to watch it once to understand how truly great it is!) This week’s episode was complete craziness, but wonderful all the same. So sad to see the show go for a few months after the season finale. Cannot wait for the full season to be out on DVD so I can get my hands on it 🙂

Anyway, I’ve babbled long enough. Bless you for making it to the end without any fun pictures or videos to help you through it. Hope your week is going well!

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As promised here are a few of my animations. How exciting! These are just from my last two weeks. Once I get some revisions done on my others, I will post those as well! I know you are all sitting on the edge of your seats!

We just had our Q and A for this week. Tons of fun. We talked about that pesky little Tailor guy who you can see in my second video, about getting jobs in the industry, and about how crazy/tired we all were from working full time jobs plus spending every other waking moment in front of our computer watching balls bounce!

So in just a few short weeks I will finally be finished with Class 1! It went by so quickly! The assignment for the last week will be to put all of our work into one file, and once I’ve got that all put together I will definitely post this, so everyone can see all the work I’m doing whilst I shut everything else besides animation and coffee from my life!

Week 6 – The Pendulum (Overlapping Action)

This video is actually a revision from my first pass. I had gotten notes from my mentor and improved it a bit.

Week 7 – Tailor!

This is the first pass of the assignment, I’ve already gotten notes and will be doing a revision in the next couple of days!

And just for fun! Here is my thesis project from my last semester at school, for anyone who hasn’t seen it. It’s just a silly little stop motion project that I did. Enjoy!

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