I had been away for a while or at least too dug into life to take time and jump online I suppose. My next semester of school has started after I had some time to become accustomed to a completely new lifestyle and a recently added best friend.
I adopted a dog at the beginning of June for a mix of reasons and certainly know it was a marvelous decision after just a few weeks of bonding. In between the previous semester and this one there was a move for me between San Francisco and Walnut Creek. This was quite a challenge and substantial life event since I hadn’t done a move of this scale both regarding how much I setup and moved and financially how much it set me back. This was to upgrade to a larger place with a bit of “luxury” tossed into my lifestyle. The dog was the cherry on top because I had a desire to get one ever since losing our previous one to old age.
So now down to that school stuff many of you are interested in (as am I). I am taking two classes which is full time for summer because of the shortened timeframe. The first is Color Fundamentals and the second is Figure Drawing. Both are foundational and requirements for most if not all AAU degrees. My first stab at Color Fundamentals was interesting and gave me hope for enjoying the class. We looked at different key fundamentals in design and started to pull apart works design aspects to better understand what was happening in the piece from traditional artwork to advertisements. I was unsure how the class fit into my animation path initially though now I see that with the knowledge I get out of this course I can create more powerful images and deliberate design decisions in my future animations.
My move does set me a ways away from San Francisco meaning I have a commute via train that takes about 45 minutes. I don’t mind this since for me it is relaxing, I get to people watch and tinker away on my tablet. Heck I am even writing this very blog post on the train right now, I guess it forces me to have time to focus on something. The people watching is an added treat, most animators enjoy that sort of thing because we are always looking for references and inspiration. I tie in some Sherlock as well and try to piece together back stories for them as well. Another thing about the people I have noticed everywhere I traveled is that life seems to echo, I see faces that remind me of people that have been in my life previously either close or just acquaintances from school or other sources.