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Like would I have to go to a School of art and design? And graphic designing is different from Animation right? Anime is a huge part of my life & I'm really happy with it. I hate math. Math sucks. So I want to go into animation but I'm not sure what I should be looking for. Thank you so much. Hope I'm not a bother
I’m going to make this public, hope that’s ok! I think others might also benefit from this. And no! Not at all! You are NOT a bother. I LOVE getting asks like this in my inbox! :)
I wouldn’t say you HAVE to go to art school. No path to success and what you want to do with yourself has a set clear journey. Do and go where you think YOU would fit and benefit the most out of. If YOU think going to art school will benefit you in the long run then go for it and plan! If not, don’t go and STILL plan your next course of action. Make a goal and figure out what steps you think you need to take to get to said goal. If art school is a necessary step then there’s your answer!
Graphic Design is very different from animation :) Graphic Designers are these kind of people.
Aside from the yelling.
Graphic designers do the things you see on stuff like billboards, posters, books, magazines, websites, etc. They work with drawn images, typeface, photography, etc. etc. Like. Graphic Designers do it all yo and have messages for people through design, aesthetics, etc.
ANIMATION is this.
This was such a stupid, lazy thing I did so long ago. IF ANDROID USERS ARE INTERESTED THERE’S THE WATERMARK OF THE APP I USED TO DO THIS DOWN THERE. IT’S A CUTE APP.
Anyway, yes, animators actually make still images that ends up moving in the end. We can do commercial ads, music vids, movies, tv shows, etc and what have you’s. The majority of Gravity was done by animators, so there’s that.
If you love anime, that’s cool! Are you interested in working in that sort of style or would you rather make comics or posters or i don’t know because what it sounds like you’re asking me is whether or not you should go to art school to do animation because you love anime and wouldn’t mind working around that?
Well, I have to be honest with you, hun. You’re going to meet some people like this:
And others like:
My stance on it is in the middle. I was brought up and influenced by anime but I was ALSO brought up on american animated productions as well. So I don’t agree with the first type of person who thinks it’s just a phase that everyone needs to get out of. Naaaah. And I don’t really like the negative complacent attitude towards it either.
Anime is great and interesting because they have so many genres within it where as I feel in the States, people think animation is for kids and should be used just for comedy purposes with distinct styles (I’m focusing on television animation since you love anime). If anything, some professors have this concern that you don’t have your own distinctive style if you focus on anime but…
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You have the Boondocks that is heavily influenced by anime but you can get a still and you KNOW it’s from the Boondocks.
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And Black Dynamite done by Titmouse. Same thing.
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And hey, even Legend of Korra.
So I’m noticing a growing trend that animated shows made for the States are being made by production and animation studios with a little more “anime” influences in style and execution. What I mean with production studios I mean studios that do all the pre-production and post production like creating the show and how it will look, feel, etc. They tend to send things out of the country to be animated by, that’s right, animation studios that probably make “anime” on the side (which is really just animation to them but that’s for a completely different post).
So go for it! And consider probably even looking into sequential art since you mentioned not only animation and anime, but graphic design as well. If you don’t want to really animate but still would love to make 2d pictures that tell a story, sequential art is where it’s at. And we have amazing artists with styles that are just as influenced by anime, rpgs, manga, etc but STILL manage to have their own distinctive style despite what the anime-haters say.
One of them is Baby-Dahl who I adore, so if you want, you can also shoot her an ask! :D
If you don’t know what you really want to do IN animation watch the credits of an animated show or movie, and look at the job titles they have. Then do your research! There are people who work in animation who don’t actually animate! But they’re so important and essential in the process of making an animation come to life.
I hope I answered your question(s)
with my lazy ass, terrible 30 second sketches! Feel free to shoot me an ask anytime if you have any more questions for me!
maths isn’t all bad. there’s some good maths. like addition and subtraction and choice algebraic equations that need solving. I gave up when imaginary numbers came into the picture though, I won’t lie.)
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