college kids going home for break
I just ran out of the chicken nuggets I was eating
What is it with you crazy anons lately and your fascination with my hips?
HA. The work load. Oh geez, where do I even begin with this?
I think I’ll start off by saying CONGRATS ON GETTING IN! I heard that this year it was brutally hard to get in because the average score was so high. So good for you, Glen Coco.
Now for the fun part:
My Experience and Advice for Year One of Sheridan Animation
Right off the bat, it was very obvious our year was different. I think you could call what we were was ‘The Guinea Pig Year’. What do I mean by that? I mean they were trying everything on our year. New projects. New course materials. Everything. It was pretty chaotic, if I’m honest. A lot of things didn’t work as far as projects went, and we had to suffer through it. So hopefully in the upcoming year, you guys won’t experience it. Our workload was also a lot more than it has been in any of the previous years, and I imagine it’s only going to get worse because of the whole university crap happening.
It’s really daunting to think about, I know, but trust me when I say: All the teachers get it. They all know we, the Sheridan Animation Program, are worked like dogs and pushed to our absolute breaking point. Know that the teachers are all there to help you through the hellish nightmare that is Year One, and its worse counterpart, Year Two.
I know that’s a bit off topic, but I thought it should be said.
As for managing the workload, there’s one thing you should really try and stick too, no matter how hard it is: DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. The more you do, the further behind you will fall. And it totally sucks because you’ll have so much shit to do that it’ll stress you out when you realize how behind you get. Even if it’s only a little bit of work every night, it’ll help you. I’m speaking from experience and lessons learned haha.
If you keep up, sleep won’t be an issue. Though you will find yourself nearing a few all nighters every now and then. It’s unavoidable, honestly.
Another thing you should remember: Never compare your work to others. Learn from them, but never go “OH GOD THEY’RE SO MUCH BETTER I’M A FAILURE.” Everyone’s at a different level in this program, and you will always have some who are better than you ‘in your eyes’. Remember that everyone has their own style and different ways of how they create things. You will be a wreck if you’re constantly comparing yourself to others and your year will be a bust. Just keep at it, learn at your own pace and do the best you can (even when there’s literally no fucking time to do half the shit you want to haha).
Keep in contact with your fellow year-mates. This will be crucial and life saving. I’m sure you guys will have a facebook group and it is literally a godsend. Share and share a-like. If you know something some one else doesn’t, let them know! Share notes for Animation History! BE A TEAM AND SUFFER TOGETHER!
Let’s see… Oh! If you were in Art Fundies at Sheridan? Do not draw the way they taught you in Life Drawing Class. If you get Mark Thurman (who is an amazing teacher and tough as nails), he will tell you point blank ‘That way sucks, we’re in a whole other ball park.’ In the same vein as Life Drawing, THE BONE PORTFOLIO. Do not put it off to the last minute. Oh god, just don’t. You’ll be better off.
And finally: learn to take a break. If a project is overwhelming you, step back and do something else. Your hair will be grey if you don’t. This program will push you, and it’s okay if it seems like too much. It happened to everyone this year. Breaks will not kill you. They truly will help you get back into the mind set you need to do as best as you can.
That’s really all I can say for now. If you have any specific questions (course related, electives, general things: ie ‘can we be friends’) shoot me another message (Anon or not) and I’ll delve deeper. I’ve only skimmed what I’ve learned from this year, and there’s a heck of a lot more. Hopefully it’s all coherent and isn’t too much of a tangent!
sdkjhdfhlslh the kindness. it burns us precious
Cruddy quality, but it’s the best I can do for now. The character portion of my final painting. We could mix paper collage and painting, and hoo boy I jumped on it. I’ve wanted an excuse for ages to play with paper art. She’s mostly cut out pieces with some traditional media here and there.
She’s been up to some pretty naughty things, I tells yah.