Dealing with feelings of indequacy

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Dealing with feelings of indequacy

Post by human » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:39 pm

http://www.animationmentor.com/newslett ... l#tipTrick

This is an essay about something I deal with a lot: how to understand my place in the world, given artists (not to mention animators, of course) who are so much more talented than I am.

I'm just thankful someone is writing about it. . . but I'd like to see it covered more deeply.
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Post by Diana Kennedy » Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:24 am

First, I really have to agree on what is written in this essay. There are always people who are better than you and I. Let's deal with it.

This doesn't mean that one should feel "inadequate".

I think the best to do is:

*Get inspired by those who are better and who actually DO inspire you. Learn from their technique.

*Find your own individual style.

*Animation is not just about drawing and animate, it is also about an original story, having something to say. So in a lot of cases, "good animation" isn't the point. There are films who have a "crappy" animation if you look at it from only this point of view but nevertheless are "better" films than those which are "perfect" but are shallow and unoriginal in what they tell.

*We ALL have those feelings of "Why are I doing this any lo,nger? I will never achieve".
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i agree

Post by mnagaha » Tue Feb 03, 2009 11:46 am

tell me about it!.
in my work place i'm the only 2D animator. so naturally i'm the best one there.
but all i have to do is look at a hayayo miyasaki film and i'm depressed for days.
but i never stop watching his work (but i try not to, if i'm working on some thing big)
in the end the work of the pro's is what has taught me the most. and its not only technical things. its pure inspirational joy.
and i still think one day i will be able to do something as beautifull like that :)
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Post by madrobot » Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:12 am

I think feeling inadequate about your ability can also have the reverse effect.
It does for me anyway.

I'm excited to have so much to learn, and always look forward to improving.

And thinking that all my own work and drawing are a load of *#@% helps maintain a healthy sense of humour about yourself.
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Post by DK » Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:13 am

I have felt really inadequate about my work till recently...so much so I was having to make every line and shape in AS totally perfect just so it could stand on stage with the other work out there. I did'nt realise how wrong I was until my sister recently remarked that my paper drawings are so full of character but for some reason they were not crossing over to my animation. She felt my style was getting lost in the animation translation. So for me it was time to rethink the animation process. In my case I had to try and get some simplicity and spontaneity back into things. I still LOVE and admire Greykids work and Mikdog and Selgins wonderfull style. I also really like Humans work and that wonderful historic look he achieves. Hell....I love everyones work on the forum really.
When judging your own work, it might help to stand back and look at how it fits into the bigger picture puzzle. If you look deep enough, you'll find it has it's own magical and distinctive space that no other piece will fill.

:)
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Re: Dealing with feelings of indequacy

Post by pathill » Tue Feb 24, 2009 3:57 pm

human wrote:http://www.animationmentor.com/newslett ... l#tipTrick

This is an essay about something I deal with a lot: how to understand my place in the world, given artists (not to mention animators, of course) who are so much more talented than I am.

I'm just thankful someone is writing about it. . . but I'd like to see it covered more deeply.
I know how it feels, it can be very depressing, especially when you have seen all the experts and younger generation out there. You will easily succumb to your feelings of inadequacy, but if you think on the brighter side of things, each talent is bestowed with uniqueness and distinct style. :)
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Post by jahnocli » Tue Feb 24, 2009 6:51 pm

pathill wrote:I know how it feels, it can be very depressing, especially when you have seen all the experts and younger generation out there. You will easily succumb to your feelings of inadequacy, but if you think on the brighter side of things, each talent is bestowed with uniqueness and distinct style
Seems sincere...until you get to the signature.
You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
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Post by F.M. » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:25 am

Boy! it would appear that the spambots have acquired artificial intelligence.
"and then Man created god!"
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Post by heyvern » Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:34 am

jahnocli wrote: Seems sincere...until you get to the signature.
I just don't know how to handle stuff like this.

Putting links like this in a forum signature is a quick, cheap way to build up the rankings of a web site. It is purely an attempt to use the eyeballs on this forum to build up "unjustified" related links to a completely irrelevant web site. This is a technique described and encouraged on many "how to" sites for improving SEO of a web site.

So... we can NEVER know how sincere pathill is about anything posted.

I hate that crap to be honest. However I have not been very... proactive about it. I may just ignore it for now but will keep an eye out. I would really like it if Mike could make some rules about the relevance of signature links. At a minimum they should have some connection to animation or animation techniques.

-vern
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Post by human » Wed Apr 01, 2009 8:01 pm

In another thread, I told you about an online class in character design.

The teacher has a FAQ section in her own website in which she tackles the theme of this thread.

http://www.merekatcreations.com/
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