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Getting Better

I'm trying to do more stuff. New Year always revives my outlook, and reflection of myself, and pushes me to do something better. It'll probably wane after a while, but hopefully I can keep it up enough to make a difference.

I texted my friend Meags the other night about my winter depression, and how the sun-lamp Chumble gave me is actually working, and pulling me out of the shittles. I told her I feel like I'm just waking up from a Rip Van Winkle nap and seeing this huge pile of stuff I wanted to get done this year. She asked for the list. I'm glad I got to write it out, because I think that kickstarted my motivation. I had to remind myself all weekend that I've got the whole year to fulfill my list. That I've got time. Some things need more time, or need to be done earlier. And I made my list.

What I listed to Meags:

comics, illustrations, portraits, animation, concept sketches for the doll setup, woodwork projects, separate fawndolyn from honey in my gears, find a 3D programme, paint, cast frames and props, sfx, short stories, make a calendar, etc.

On paper, I detailed the list.

~IMJH (my pet project)
~Porn (an erotic story I plotted out for a submission to an anthology, but was rejected, so it never happened)
~Firsts (I already mentioned in an earlier post of the same name about this one)
~research 3D programmes (for posing and reference-building)
~check out Final Draft (programme)
~MCC Anthology (the school I work at puts out a comic anthology every semester)

~fan arts
~watercolor (I have water pens I have never used)
~marker portraits (first on the list, after some warmups: Philip Seymour Hoffman)
~Draw Me (a forum thread in Whitechapel)
~FriendFace (like Draw Me, only I grab photo references from friends on facebook)

~research annual festivals & contests (a long way down the road, just so I have a theme/idea, and a deadline to shoot for)
~storyboard & concept art

Concept sketches:
~doll displays
~other builds

~2 tables
~learn stains
~at least 3 projects from woodwork book

~decide what stays on honey in my gears and what will go on fawndolyn.com
~decide on fawndolyn vs. fawndolynvalentine dot com
~learn wordpress

~casting frames
~sfx practice
~prop building
~organize craft room and studio

I think breaking it down makes it look more manageable. Hopefully, I can achieve most of these this year (hopefully, a lot will be soon). I am designing my day-to-day calendar (a feat I meant to have done already, but will have done by tonight, ready to print this week). Next step is figuring out how to manage time, along with the basics: read, exercise, violin, listen to podcasts, human contact, work, dentist (a regular thing for me), and shower (that's one that gets away from me sometimes, ugh).

See you, Space Cowboy.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 6th, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
Sun lamps are a lifesaver. If it was not for daylight bulbs I would spend the entire winter hibernating.

Let me know if you need anybody to proof your storyboards!
Jan. 7th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
Definitely! It'll be my first time animating (well, besides a bouncy ball).
Jan. 7th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, do you have any suggestions for film/animation contests or festivals (preferably ones that are annual, since I'm sure I won't be able to learn to animate and then make a story for ones that have fast approaching deadlines for this year, haha)?
Jan. 7th, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
What type of animation are you looking to do, traditional or CG?

All the stuff I work on is CG, and the big festival for that is SIGGRAPH http://s2015.siggraph.org/submitters/computer-animation-festival , but there are many local festivals around the US that cater to more traditional animation styles as well. Best bet is probably to ask around at a local university that has an animation program. It has been a long time since I was active in that area(back in uni, around 25 years ago, oh my), and it looks like the one that was popular back then is not around anymore.
Jan. 14th, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, hello, why didn't I see this reply til just now? XD
Traditional animation is what I like best (stop-motion mostly, since I love to build). I never thought of it, but I do have a friend who went to animation school around here. I'll have to ask her sometime. Thanks! :)
Jan. 7th, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
And remember that even if you manage just some things from the list, that's already a WIN! *hugs*
Jan. 7th, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
YES! Also, I forgot to add "learn how to knit properly." But I am already blasting through a few of these! Well... at least, the "research this-and-that" things on the list, which still counts as blasting through things, hahaha ;)
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