Archive for November 18th, 2008


The reason why I chose the life of an animator

November 18, 2008

Well he’s me trying to get all sentimental I guess. Well, why I chose animation? There are lots of explanations to why we do things I reckon, sometimes they can be called dreams, reality’s, motives or even excuses. I’m not sure really where I lye on that aspect of things, but I have a line that I need to draw called life, and I guess I haven’t finished yet, so no excuse there.

Anyways enough chit chat, I began to like animation quite young as most people I know do. Cartoon Network was one of the first animation channels I used to watch. I remember back then it wasn’t as popular as it was now, and I think even shut off to show black and white movies after 10pm or some late hour. The first animation series that I truly got into had to be Dragon Ball Z (ignoring Pokemon) and that was at the age of 9-10. I still think of the times spent running round the playground rein-acting yesterdays episode, mind you, if we had done it properly, the right way would of been to stand there screaming at each other for the 30Min’s, just like the characters on TV did. That wasnt the first animation I used to watch though, it was more like the Looney Toons stuff I was into. Before more animations where aired on Cartoon Network all I used to watch was this. I was quite young at the time.

Then eventually after the many years of CN, I started to watch the anime series Tenchi Muyo. This was the first short series anime that I watched before going into secondary school . I used to spend many late night recording it so I could watch it the next day. Once I got into secondary school one of my friends there got me watching Naruto. Now before you start to throw pointy or heavy objects at me, I was one of the first to start watching the series before it became popular here in the west, before the heavy and might I add, weird fanbase showed up on the scene. I will never understand the true meaning of fanart, the disturbing fanart anyways.

After the many years of anime that followed until I reached sixth form, I found a convention called the London MCM (movie comic media) Expo held in the Excel Centre at the Victoria Dockyards. You might want to check it out because the first few times I went it had a lot of neat and interesting stuff, for example famous actors and also voice actors of the sort. The first time I went I was able to get a poster signed from Richard Epcar, the voice actor that play Batou from Ghost In The Shell. Ive been about 8 times to the london expo in total so far, but after a while though, I was getting annoyed by the sheer size of the people turning up and the amount of merchandisers which is all you could really see. I might like to note that I have also cosplayed at the london expo, if you dont understand what I mean by that then maybe you will if I said masquerade instead.


After a while I became really into Japanese culture, and worked on it alot with my art at the time. When I was asked to focus on something else though, I just sat and research Van Gogh who was also influenced by Japanese culture too. Another thing within modern day Japanese culture I got myself interested in, is the Otaku sub-culture which if you dont know what means, heres the wiki page (sorry Jim). In the western anime community its used in the sense your quite into anime in the same way in Japan, in Japan though they have a much more in-depth community surrounding Otakus. Some non-otakus even look down on them because they see them as different, wierd and even dirty people. I picked up an interesting piece of research from the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami who focus’s a lot of his artwork on this. Maybe in another post I will go into alot more detail. Heres the link the interview explaining better what I mean and his site.

I guess I have been quite influenced by Japan and Anime over the years but after beginning my year at UCA Maidstone, Ive begun to realise and open much more to what animation really is. Dont get me wrong, I wasnt expecting to go to UCA and make anime because I knew thats not what animation is, its only a small part of it. I think my start here has really inspired me but given me a lot to take in as well. I have to confess I was really douting myself when I was on my way to beginning the academic year but Ive realised this is what I want to do with myself, and I really want to get the skill and know how to become an animator. I cant explain how but I can feel myself starting to become even more passionate about it. Its going to be tough but I actually know what I want to do now, which is a good step in the right direction XP.

Anyways, now thats finished, I guess its time to upload some work, wait…. organise then upload, or will uploading help me organise?

Till next time I guess



November 18, 2008

Everything’s got to begin somewhere, now, earlier, later or not for a long time. As you can see I chose now as a good time to begin.

Anywho’s hello and goodbye for now.