Illustration Course, YEAR 5
Last year I worked with more giants in the movie and painting industry.
Sadly, my week started out pretty slow. So much so that I was upset that I wasn’t learning anything.
Sometimes you need people to tell you that you aren’t going to master a thing in an hour. Sometimes you don’t even begin to understand a thing for much longer than that.
For 2 days, I was forced to slow down. My everyday thought process was strained because I’m used to "faster... better... more…”, and I couldn’t figure out why I was making shapeless doodles. No one was telling me to do something specific. It made me frustrated beyond words.
After those 2 days, I was told “This is why you’ve been doing these doodles.” Once that happened, I understood. I understood where they were going with this, I understood my impatience, and I understood that if I want to learn, I can’t expect you to do it on MY time, and at MY pace. I am the one who should be flexible. I am, after all, the student.
When we were children, we weren’t concerned with how fast we could draw. With my tongue sticking out, my head tilting left and right, I moved my pencil across the page trying to make every line mean something. There was purpose and care in everything that was put on that piece of paper. WHY HAS THAT CHANGED NOW THAT I AM AN ADULT?
I suppose that big business has a lot to do with the answer to that question. Bosses who don’t understand quality over quantity, clients who threaten to go somewhere else if they don’t get their way and any number of oversights, deadlines and money issues. But that is something I prefer not to get into since I have lived these exact experiences for 20+ years.
This year, 2015, I went to my Illustration course again. I worked on a project of my own. I had been thinking about this for quite some time, so the look and feel of the whole thing were already established in my head. Thanks to my previous learning experiences, I made more sketches anyway. I changed more. I made countless color roughs. My piece was strong when I walked into the crit room on my first day. The teachers, with their additional years of experience, added yet more layers of interest to it by asking me about the backstory and why these characters were posing as they were. Now with more changes, I have my strongest piece so far.
In the 5 years I’ve been painting, I have learned not only painting techniques, but how to see from other perspectives, how to react, and maybe most important of all, how listen and be patient with people and really get the most out of what they have to say.
I face my challenges with a smile knowing that I will find a way to work through them and overcome them.
I try to keep an open mind, although I sometimes need you to beat me up a little bit to get it open.
I will never stop trying to be better.