Saturday, March 15, 2008

Some quotes for your weekend

....woah it's raining! Even though the 80 degree sunny weather was nice for the past few weeks, this is very refreshing. :) Now if only I could get my mind back on animating instead of zoning off at the wall in front of me. Good thing my cube isn't next to the windows or else no work would be done. ha! Alright, back to the whole point of this post:

"The picture that looks as if it were done without any effort may have been a perfect battlefield in its making."

-Robert Henri
(For me it's more like a scene or particular action that a viewer might really like. So many scenes in my film have put up such a fight, yet in the end, when I see the scene really moving the way I want it to, it's extremely rewarding. Can't wait to see the entire film completely finished in a few more weeks, alpha channeled and all.)

"A man is a fool for not putting everything he has, at any given moment, into what he is creating...It's a matter of just sitting down and working."
-Frank Herbert
(This quote makes me want to re-animate some of the scenes that I'm deeming "weaker," but we'll just have to see how it goes. The next 2 weeks are dedicated towards this though. So hopefully get to put a little more care into a couple of the scenes that "bug" me because I really just whipped them out and didn't really think them through too well and I feel it really shows.)

"Try to draw something that connects with people. Draw things that connect with yourself and try to express that through your drawings so that other people get it. At Pixar, it has to do with character. Whether it's an individual character that you're trying to find the expression of, or the character of the environment. How does it feel? What does it evoke in others? Is it funny, sad, beautiful, irritating, claustrophobic, invigorating? Work on creating expressive drawings-drawings that feel like they're alive."
-Joe Ranft
(Found this quote in August, right before coming to CalArts, and really favor it. It's posted in my cube so I can see it every time I reach for more animation paper. Always a goal of mine whenever I draw, whether a single still drawing or a whole stack of animation drawings.)

Okay, back to work! Get to start roughing in my most anticipated scene today! Real juicy acting bit with my cat character, Pilot. And away I go...


Anonymous said...

love your quotes...inspired me to share:
Art is never finished, only abandoned. Leonardo daVinci

Do not offend God or mankind because your work didn't reach the quality it should have. Leonardo daVinci

“Art: seeing what is invisible to others.” Jonathan Swift

Jennifer Harlow said...

Thank you very much anonymous! These 3 quotes are very inspiring too, definately adding them to my little collection. :) Really like Jonathan Swift's quote.

Janine said...

Is it just you or is everyone in the character animation as hard-working as you??? lol
I don't think I could be committing my 100% like you!!! I'll try though lol

Love the quotes! my favorite is the frank herbert one!

amelia said...

Great quotes all. I have Joe Ranft's quote on my wall as well. Thanks for the inspiration!