Thursday, January 29, 2009

In the midst of homework and stuff

I have tried to do some extra drawing practice on my own recently, including some sketched out comics.  They're mostly newspaper-style, I suppose, being about four panels in length each.  I also have been brainstorming a lot of ideas for stories and settings I could use.  In fact, just now, I stopped writing and brain-storm'd a bunch of stuff.  Possibly look forward to the story of Marsita the Flower exploring issues of gender roles; or the person who flies around his house and the valley his town is located in; or the return of an old average young dude named Earl, who I used to draw lots of strips of when I was younger.  Then I will hopefully also get to use some of the pens and ink I bought, and maybe get some sort of finished (small) comic finished.

If anyone knows any good sources for information on Neil Gaiman...I'm open for some direction.  I have a mini-presentation I have to do for a class here at MCAD, and I have had a little trouble so far in finding sources, or thinking of what exactly about Neil Gaiman I'm going to research.  It seems that a lot of sources just talk about his stories and books, and not really about any themes or ideas that his work explores, which is more what I'm looking for.

I am still kind of undecided if I want to focus my studies here at MCAD on Comic Art or Animation.  I feel like Animation would have potentially greater job opportunities.  I'm not sure yet which I like more, having only done some animation.  Also, overall, I want to improve my artistic skills in general, so that I feel a little more ready going into whatever I choose to go into.

Hopefully I'll soon be trying some more to step out of this semi-shell I'm often in.  Lots of homework.  Anxiety.  Fatigue.  And I'm stubborn.  All add up to: ... It's not easy.  I guess good things don't come easy, though, of course.