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INTERVIEW: dead.stick By :Owen Traves

Submitted by on January 31, 2018 – 11:15 amNo Comment


Pursuing education in the animation industry is what some people are born to do; regardless of age; you may know, or be, someone born to animate. I was given the opportunity to interview a local animation student; who goes by the Instagram name “dead.stick” about their experiences with the media and formal education our Kitchener/Waterloo area has to offer…

What is your favourite animated movie/show/short and are there any animated projects that you’re currently following or interested in?
My favourite animated film is Oliver and company. It’s one of those underrated Disney films I feel everyone needs to see. I tend to follow a lot of animated projects. It’s hard to keep up with all of them. I try to follow as many studios as possible just to help to see what’s in.

Have you seen concepts or artistic styles from those studios that you enjoy enough to try to incorporate into your own art?
My favourite artist by far is Terryl Whitlatch, a concept artist for creatures. She’s worked on things like Star Wars, and has a unique approach to creating creatures. She doesn’t only look at the outside but plans out what their muscle mass and skeleton will look like. As an animator it’s important to understand the anatomy to know what is pliable when squashing and stretching.

Do you focus on any particular elements of animation? For instance, do you have a style of animation that really feels like your own whether it’s rigid characters or a busy staging?
Good animation means to exaggerate what you can—you’re playing with reality, so mess with it as much you can.

What do you find is exaggerated more often than not?

In do you find most interesting in your current classes?
I love character design layout and animation.

What advice would you give to someone just getting into animation, who is trying to find out if it is what they’ll go to post-secondary for?
Go to art fundamentals first. An animator is born an animator; it takes a certain eye to do it. An illustrator is born an illustrator and will have a hard time trying to figure out animation. Animation involves simplicity, and not adding every detail. Art fundamentals help show a person what they are good at.

Let’s say this person found their passion, how would they stay on track to become a professional?
Draw and don’t stop.

What platforms do you like to use when either creating or sharing your work?
dead.stick on ig

Has your perspective on life changed at all because of learning/practicing the elements of animation?
I see frames
I swear to god I see frames.
I see flaws in animation all the time

What does your portfolio consist of? What would you like to add to it? Removed copy Q
Lots of characters and layouts/scenes.

What is your schedule like when balancing your time and effort between friends, family, school, and work?
I don’t work currently but I try to pull in commissions.
I live with my boyfriend so he’s my outside world.

How often do you practice drawing, sketches, and animation?
I always try to practice and do two pages per day of my sketchbook.

What do you usually practice in those two pages?
Anything ideas I have for the day, but mostly anatomy.

In your program is there much room for creative freedom?
There isn’t much room for creativity, but it depends on the project. They’re training you for the real world—you need to take direction, try to take their ideas out of their minds.

How do you “take ideas out of their minds?”
Someone describes something and you draw what you think they’re talking about, then keep working with it until it’s right.

The “Junji Ito Collection” is a collection of animated short stories of famous—or perhaps infamous—horror manga author Junji Ito. This series had been much anticipated by fans of his work, although the first two episodes that have come out seem a little lackluster. Of course, issues always occur with paper-to-screen adaptions, whether it is comics to blockbusters or manga to a short series. If you’re a fan of horror, it would be worth it to check out the new series and, of course, the original works.




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