As I previously mentioned, I will be blogging my way through an animation project I am currently working on. Plus giving you insight into my research and findings of areas of the animation industry which interest me, as I venture in to my ‘new’ career.
So… Where to start?
I will start with sharing an article I wrote about the Playgrounds Festival 2013 http://www.playgroundsfestival.nl that I attended this November in the Netherlands.
Playgrounds was an inspirational event, with back to back lectures and workshops from the crème de la crème of the creative industry. With artists such as Jon Bergerman http://jonburgerman.com/ and companies as Pixar www.pixar.com I was in awe and lapping up the stories they had to tell about there careers and how they got to where they are today, there work processes, plus much much more.
An event I strongly recommend to those aspiring to a successful creative career.
Below is a short article I wrote about Playgrounds and what I took a way from it. Enjoy!
Playgrounds 2013 – Recipe to creative success
26 November 2013
If you are a creative professional, i’m sure that there have been moments in your career when you have longed for a recipe to creative success. Wanting to earn a living in the creative industry is one for not only the strong hearted but also for those with determination and a love for their work. As a creative myself, I know this feeling. So when I attended the Playground’s festival 2013 I was intrigued to find that there are recipes to be found. Each artist giving a lecture at Playgrounds had found there own ingredients and way of combining them to find the perfect concoction of work, play and success.
The theme running through the playgrounds festival 2013 was unannounced but clearly a rule held close to by many of the speakers this year. It was a strong message all creatives wishing to make a career out of there work should abide by.
Repeated in there own unique manner, relating it back to there own personal experiences, was a message which rang true and concluded in there own personal recipes for success. And this message was simple;
Do what you love, stay true to yourself and never stop playing. Appropriate message for a festival named Playgrounds.
This may seem like a simple and enjoyable rule to follow, yet it is one many will find hard to abide by, especially when we all have bills to pay and live in a society which says otherwise. But there are a select few who really have mastered this skill. They’ve nurtured there own loves, skills and interests to evolve a superbly unique style and techniques, enchanting there audiences and making a successful career out of being creative and individual.
A talent like this not only shines through an artists work but created an enthusiasm and enchantment that radiated through the audience at the Playgrounds festival 2013.
Recipes to creative success
So what is it that turns a creative in to a success story?
Well there are many different methods to cooking up the desired result which will feed and enrich a creatives life. To make a start you will need to have and to prepare the correct tools in order to do so:
In every good creative’s tool kit will be passion and a slight obsession for there work, curiosity, a strong imagination, a rich fantasy and finally, the will power never to give up.
Once you have your tools in place you can try one of a number of methods below to cook up a storm in your studio or work place. Each slightly different in there uniqueness and ingredients, but all the same in result:- Success!
Below are a few chosen examples of what a some of the creatives presenting at Playgrounds this year include in there creative recipes to success.
Julia is a successful illustrator / animator living and working from New York, creating quirky worlds full of dark humour and child like imagination.
Sweet & Sour animation/illustration
- Clear your work surface, removing any doubt or worries about what other people may think.
- Take a pinch of bizarre and sprinkle it into a bowl of absurdity. This will enrich your illustrations and animations creating delicious twists and turns never expected by your audience.
- Mix well with your fantasy. Creating lots of space for your animation/illustration to take a story further than text could ever describe.
- Knead well with your obsession. Truly believe what you are making and enjoy getting your fingers pressed deep in to your idea.
- Take your personality and mould your mixture to the edges. Be specific and get personal with your work.
- You may dust your work with weirdness if desired.
- Don’t worry about pour structure, it will make for delicious unexpected results.
- Finally, hold back on the detail. A sprinkle can sometimes be more than enough to sweeten the result.
Jon is the ultimate big kid of the illustration and art scene, making a success out of his doodles, love for bright colours, characters and play. Based in New York.
- Take your unique differences and place them in a bowl. If your talents have gone off avoid using them.
- Take one large cup of your fantasy and pour over your unique differences, making sure that you create a world for your audience to engage in. Mix well.
- Sprinkle with anticipation. Be aware of how your audience will view your work. Nothing is worse than serving a snack when they expect a meal.
- Add something unexpected and new; something you’ve never tried before to get that tangy aftertaste. This will make you and your audience keep coming back for more.
- Avoid adding too much style, it is the artist which makes it taste delicious.
- Enjoy the creation while you are kneading it with your hands.
- Your creation should start to naturally evolve. If not try adding a bit more of yourself and your unique differences.
- Keep kneading and never look back. This will be the lightest, most enjoyable treat you ever taste.
- It’s ok if you don’t feel like you know what you are doing this mixture will always work.
Paris based digital artist, creating worlds of collage inhabited by her character creations.
- If you don’t have any drawing skills don’t panic there are always ingredients to sweeten the drawing board.
- Take your imagination and sprinkle over any images, photos, shapes and colours you may have lying around.
- Add a spoonful of yourself and personality and stir in well
- Cut and paste them in to a desirable mould, preferable one which creates the desired effect, shape and size.
- Add to taste the world around you and a few things that inspire you. This will add spice.
- Eventually turn in to a baking tray and allow to rest before baking at a high temperature for final result. Serve without messages if not desired. A healthy portion of just pretty is sometimes enough.
This explosive duo create absurdly humoured animation inspired by the mash up of you tube and there daily obsessions.
- Take a healthy portion of youtube, a large handful of gif films and spoonful of Ren and Stimpy videos and stir loosely together in a bowl.
- Dust everything in the belief that everything is possible and blend together.
- While blending make sure that you are playing and not board of your work;This will quickly leave a bitter after taste.
- Gather up your influences and add to the mixture. Ensure that you have enough to create a style that will make your mouth water because it is full of your interests, passions and humour.
- Mix well for fun. There should be enough fun for yourself and your audience to keep them coming back for more.
- Sprinkle with a little of your privet life, to make it unique.
- Finally if you can’t find the correct mould for your ingredients create your own.
Darkly talented with a rich imagination Jonny’s imagination takes you to a place you may wish never to return to. His imagination governs worlds which have taken over advertising and CGI animation.
- These few ingredients are needed to make only what you want.
- Take a large bowl and fill it with your fascinations.
- Mix well with your personal interests and developing technology.
- Keep adding technological advances until you taste the desired sweetness.
- Place in a warm oven and allow your own distinct and unique style to rise.
- Remove from the oven and fold in simple work for money so that you may concentrate on your own work in your free time.
- Lightly dust with commercial work but only on your own terms. You don’t want it to dilute the flavour.
- Once cooled decorate with a little advertising. Advertising will almost always pay you to do what you want to do.
Job, Joris en Marieke
Character animation is this trios sugar. Rich and sweet there animations will keep you coming back for more.
Character & collaboration stew
- Take three designers with unique skills but similar interests and whisk them up.
- Keep whisking while adding in collaborations and avoid your projects from curdling.
- Mix in a few characters uniquely clumsy with limitations they learn to live with. This will make for the sweetest topping.
- Whip up your stories with your interests and humour and fold in some fun.
- Avoid adding too many pitches for just money or the mixture will become dry. To keep it moist only ever pitch what you will enjoy working on.
- If there are leftover pitches save them for later. Delicious served cold.
A mission to play is Rex Crowels game. Creating video games which reminds you to play like a child and want to get your hands muddy again.
- To create the sweetest concepts delve in to the spices of childhood and remember how it is to be young.
- Get your fingers sticky and knead in some fun. Set your computer aside and get the cookie cutters out.
- Sprinkle with experimentation and break in some chunks of enjoyment.
- Place in a hot oven and allow your ideas to grow, allowing your inner child to sweeten the flavours.
Commercial success and playing with the CGI big boys of the industry.
Bitter sweet bonbons
- Take some talent and a big chunk of ambition and cut in to small pieces.
- Roll in some hard work and determination.
- Put aside personal projects and individuality for another time, these sweets are made for the company not for yourself.
- Divide in to small balls and dust with collaborations.
- Cover with chopped stability and a regular income.
- Put in the fridge and allow to harden while you climb the career ladder.