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A change in direction-advice for budding animators

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 28, 2015, 9:56 PM

It's funny how sometimes in life you think you know what you want when it's no necessarily what you need. 

When I was told that I was more suited for the Illustration major, I naively scoffed and insisted that Computer Animation was the major for me. One semester later, and I want to shake my past self. 

So yes! I'm switching majors. I'm going to be an Illustration student HOWEVER I still want to pursue 2D animation and find a job within the industry (whether it's with Pixar, Disney, whatever...I ain't picky! :) ). The good thing about being an Illustrator however is that I can expand to different directions whether it's for a studio or freelance. 

Anyways, why did I quit Computer Animation. Simply put, it wasn't for me. 

My strengths are with color and aesthetics and not much with the movement. I still love making storyboards and 2D animation, but 3D is a different beast entirely.

The process is way more technical and more suited for left brained people. There's a process, an order and a lot of geometry involved. Worst of all, in a tight schedule there's no room for error. I'm a huge perfectionist so when I get stuck on a problem that is out of my control (since the computer dictates the weight and movement depending on the numbers you type in), I get insanely frustrated. It fed into my mental disorders, leading me to do all nighters and drowning myself in Red Bull and Monster Energy. My eyes were bloodshot, I had headaches, and my clinical depression was a daily visitor. I was a total wreck, and I didn't like it.

I was trying to step out of my comfort zone and try something that I didn't get, no matter how much I tried. The only computer animation I completed and felt just an inny bitty pride was this: 

Those ten seconds where a month's work. Also, I was more focused on making everything pretty rather than how the rabbit moved. Ah well, at least it looks better than FoodFight. 

At first I thought I was dumb but my teacher reassured me that my brain is not wired for this. I'm obsessed with colors, gestures, and other artsy fartsy things that don't have a place in computer animation unless you're a hardcore expert. 

Also, studios are most likely to hire Illustrators than animators. judging by the internship opportunities and the advice I got from representatives of the studios (especially Pixar and Dreamworks). Pixar only hires 1 animator a year from my college, yikes. 

Anyway, going to Illustration! Thankfully because of my credits I can be a Sophmore instead of starting over, so it's not a loss! I gained experience and knowledge and 10 seconds of a cute bunny spooked by a carrot. 

If you have any questions, don't be shy in dropping a comment! :)
Also I'm having a sale of sorts AND commissions are open!

- Mae.



Mae Dominguez
Artist | Student | Digital Art
United States
Hello DA, my name is Mae and I'm from Santiago, Chile but I'm living in Florida. I'm a Illustration student that has studied Fine Arts for 4 years :)




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Walory Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
Suddenly I didn't know who I was watching! =D
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zactoab Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I kind of agree. Why the name change?
CaramelFrog Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Because frogs are the best.
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Wotter16 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
Heya! Long time no talk :D How's you? :iconsushiplz:
CaramelFrog Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist

I'm good thank you, how about you?
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Same here thanks c:
How was your trip to England?
CaramelFrog Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! ^^ Such a beautiful country.
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