November 23rd, 2004

pensive

The one where I get to mentor a kid about drawing and animation...

So my friend Paul at work knows a lady who is a professional kid coach.  I guess it's like she's a tutor but she's more invovled than that.  She goes in and talks to teachers and is constantly studying on how different kids learn etc as well as helping them with their interests.

One of her kids is absorbed by drawing and anime and she wanted him (and his parents) to come in to the studio and see that, yes, there are real life artists who actually CAN do it for a living.  It was a lot of fun even though (ugh) anime is not my cup of tea.  Don't get me wrong, there is some good stuff out there but for the most part I think it's too full of bug eyed princesses and fey elves.

I'm not sure how much of an effect we had on him but I showed him Tea for Two and talked about school and how important it is.  I showed him Red Sparrow and talked about how I do that (he wants to do a comic strip,) as well as show him a little bit how animation works on the computer.

He's a lucky kid.  His "kid coach" aside (who really is quite an artist in her own right and is willing to really research stuff out for him,) there is a lot more information out now on being a cartoonist, being an animator, schools and resources than there was when I was a kid.  For the longest time I felt like I was stranded on a desert island in terms of figuring out just HOW to be an animator.  Nobody knew how to answer any of my questions.

Which is why I'm always willing to talk to any kid who says they want to be an artist when they grow up.
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