“…That experience left a deep and long-lasting impression on me. A book about writing helped me become a better animator; what did that mean?”
Below is the book’s preface, in which I tell the story of how and why I decided to write it.
We all start life as creatives. As kids, we are fascinated with making stuff, and we have an imagination that knows no boundaries. Some of us lose interest early on; others continue to create as a hobby their entire lives; and some of us make it our career.
We quickly discover that professional creativity comes with a sting. It is no longer the relaxing pastime it once was. Creativity is a wild creature, and it doesn’t like it when you try to harness it with plans and deadlines. Frustration and pain often dominate the first few years in one’s creative career.
'Workflow Keyword' posts are short posts highlighting some of the key concepts of 'Workflow'. Hit the keyword tag to read 'em all!
Context means all the stuff that is not included in your work, but influences it all the same.
For example: when an architect designs a building, the context of his work may be the surrounding landscape, the type of soil, and so on. The given budget and costumer preferences would also be part of the context. Continue reading “Workflow Keyword: Context”
As usual, a collection of recent Workflow highlights for you. Enjoy!
A few weeks ago I flew to Moscow to give a talk about the two things main thing I’ve been involved in over the last decade or so: Workflow, and Storyboarding. I named the lecture ‘Fearless Storyboarding’. Here are a few photos, as well as some slides from the presentation:
Everything in the digital world is easily undo-able, resize-able, zoom-in-able, copy-paste-able and changeable. But is that really a good thing?
My uncle David used to have a typewriter. This was 30 years ago, when a personal computer was still quite a new concept (let alone a home printer). As a kid who loved to read, the typewriter was an exciting and magical instrument for me: with it, I could literally create ‘real’ books!
To get a sense of what working in passes looks like, imagine seeing a cathedral from a great distance.
[Pages 119-157 in Workflow]
Working in passes is the controlled process of advancing your work one step (‘pass‘) at a time towards your vision. Every pass must be short, simple, and focus on improving just a few important aspects of the work.