Happy New Year, mateys!
As you'll have noticed, there has been a journal change. Unfortunately, some of the images in the Paris journal skin are defunct, making the skin messy. Though I tried to contact the artist, she is extremely busy at the moment, as well as pummeled with messages, and so there is no telling when I shall receive a reply... if ever. 'Tis a shame, as the skin was a custom-made one and I quite love it. I'm keeping the CSS, of course, but until I can use that one again I have chosen to use a free journal skin that the same artist made. Since it's pirate themed, I have no problem using it... as I'm rather a fan. Heh.
What has been happening, you ask? That be a good question! It deserves an answer....
In November of 2014, I attended the annual CTN Expo, a hub for artists to display their work, buy compositions, chat art, and connect with professionals and students alike in the business. My dad (or mom) and I go every year. This year I showed my storyboard portfolio to three companies/organizations: Pixar, StoryboardArt.org, and Walt Disney Studios. Though I knew I had no chance with the first and last, it was worth a shot. Only after my work was looked over did I realize how messy it was displayed. The Pixar line was actually for university students only, and I didn't realize this until it was pointed out to me by one of the reviewers. Funnily enough, the attitude of the person who looked over my work left a bad taste in my mouth, and I left disappointed in myself (which, in essence, turned out to be a good thing). Next I visited the StoryboardArt.org booth, initially to ask them a question... but eventually ending up showing them my work. They were very informative and gave a lot of good tips. Last was the Disney booth, which I waited only half an hour in line in (surprisingly). I must admit: I was VERY impressed with how the Disney folks handled critiquing my work. The fellow who reviewed my portfolio pointed out far more errors in my work than the Pixar and StoryboardArt guys combined did, but he was incredibly
kind and helpful. Compared to the Pixar person, who basically said (in a nice way), "Your work is good, but not good enough for us. Next...," the Disney fellow was more along the lines of, "Here are a lot of things you can improve about your work, but this... this... and these are strong points. Keep up the good work, and when you're ready to apply to our studio here is our email." Granted, I had far more time to spend with the Disney fellow, but what a positive impression! In the end, I left with an attitude of greater determination, partially so that, by the end of this year, I will have a much better portfolio to submit to Disney and other studios, and partially so that I can prove the Pixar guy wrong. If life gives you lemons, make lemon juice -- really delicious lemon juice.
In December of 2014, I published the very last issue of The Unless Press
, a Once-ler and Lorax fandom online newspaper that ran for a little over two years. It was a bittersweet time, but I'm thankful for the many good memories obtained during my time in said community when it thrived. The blog for the newsletter will be kept online, so you can still check out the latest issue (and read past submissions) here: theunlesspress.tumblr.com
Last, but not least, this month celebrates the 9-month anniversary of being with the most wonderful boyfriend ever! After having been friends for years, we realized that there was something more to the friendship. In all honesty, he is a Godsend. My knight in shining armor. I could not have asked the Lord for a better prince.
All of this year, I shall be improving upon my artwork, as usual, dabbling in Storyboard Pro (which, as you may have noticed, makes my board work look leagues better). I've also introduced to my regimen the Paleo Diet. My family and I have always been healthy eaters, but this is taking it to the next level. The reason for such a drastic change is due to medical issues, but whether or not it works I shall be healthier in the long run.
God bless all of you wonderful people out there. Remember that God made you special... and He loves you very much!
~ As always, many thanks go out to all of you who favorite and comment on my work. It means so much to me. Thank you, thank you!
Quote of the Day
"All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given us." - Gandalf