Hello sir! I've just been accepted to BYU, and I'm wanting to try out for their animation program! I looked at the line up of classes, and now I'm am TERRIFIED. The work load looks like it would be incredibly hard and I might not be tough enough to survive it! I don't know if you went to BYU, but I'm assuming any animation school would have classes similar in subject and difficulty. How hard were they for you? How did you set up your schedule so that you could manage all that work?
I DID go to BYU, and it was amazing! You are going to have an incredible time. Any college course schedule will be busy to varying degrees, but the animation course load was extra-super busy (probably because the results are less objectively gradable…also because at BYU you’ll have your academic core courses in addition to religion courses).
Work hard, but don’t lose perspective. If you spend all your time making cartoons, you’ll miss out on life!!
Anthony! Thanks for the follow on twitter! :) Your stuff is super inspiring to me, so it means a lot! I admire how you can balance family, work, personal work so well! just wanted to write you hear to avoid the character limit. Cheers!
Ha! I’m still trying to figure that twitter thing out. Balancing life and work is really difficult for most people, I’m sure. I try to do my best—thanks for the encouragement. It really means a lot!
Hi Anthony, you have come up with yet another awesome animation! I tried to figure out what program you had used with the Abracadabra file, but couldn't decide on if it was Flash or Photoshop. Also, do you ever rough out your animations or you just go on a whim? It's so inspirational for me to see you updating so often, with pieces of incredible quality. Just want to say THANK YOU!!
I drew that one in Flash, and then exported it from Photoshop. Most of the animation I do for fun involves very little planning, since it’s just for personal fulfillment. I have to do enough tight drawings during the day at work, when it’s time to draw for kicks I just kind of go with the flow!
Hi Anthony (or do you perfer mr. Holden? ;) ) You've probably been asked this question a gazilion times, but have you, by any chance, made a tutorial on how you do your gif's? Which program you use, how you export etc etc. I made a gif recently, but could'nt upload it here on tumblr. And when I tried to make it smaller, it lost so much quality that you almost could'nt see what was going on. I used a bitmap based program called TVPaint. Hope you can help! Thanks in advance!
I’ve been meaning to get my hands on a copy of TV Paint. Do you love it?
Formatting gifs for tumblr is super tricky. There are a couple of things that I have figured out.
1) it likes your gif to be either 500 px or 250 px wide.
2) there’s a bunch of mumbo jumbo about sizes up to 1 or 2 megs, but I try to keep stuff under 500k, and that tends to avoid hiccups
3) it won’t let you post gifs in excess of 110 frames (at least I haven’t had success posting anything longer than that).
I do my exporting from Photoshop where I can get a real-time estimate of the final size of a gif. Lowering the resolution and number of colors in your palette are the two options that seem to have the greatest effect on file size. Of course sometimes this makes your content unrecognizable, which is why you see folks splitting things up into gif sets.
I usually just make gifs in black and white or very few colors. Hope some of this helps!!
Hi there! How are you doing!? I'm a huge fan of your work! All your comics are gorgeous and hilarious! and now I'm recently in love with your Harry Potter designs!!! (: Anyhow, I wanted to ask you, I'd love to pitch in to the whole Wizarding Wednesday but I dunno how am I supposed to submit a drawing and stuff so I thought it'd be a good idea to bother you with this question haha, Either way I wanted to let you know I love your artwork. Cheers from Mexico!
Easy peasy! All you have to do is make a drawing and post it on your own tumblr with the tag #wizarding wednesday. At the end of the day on Wednesday, the purveyors of the site reblog the stuff with that tag on it!
hola¡¡¡, i been watching your work thanks to a friend of mine,and i have seen all the good advices about wanting to become animator or how to manage your time, but i was wondering,i want to ask you something but it seems like an uncomfortable question ,Im an animator now but my best friends are artist and animators too, the thing is , have you ever felt jealous of another friends work?
ALL. THE. TIME.
Having talented friends is the boon and curse of every artist. Love your friends. Challenge them and win. Lose and grow. Grow together. Love each other.
Don’t succumb to jealousy. It is corrosive and hurtful. Engage in artful rivalry with your friends. It is productive and uplifting.
What do you do when you want to give up on art all together? I mean, I love art and drawing but I feel like I'll never be good enough to get what I really want in life: a job as an animator who puts a smile on peoples faces and to see my characters on the big screen...
I hear this. Whenever I have that feeling I take a break. I just got back from a break of several months where I didn’t post anything online. I had to take care of my family, and that was just more important than making drawings. If it’s a matter of getting down on yourself, just know that EVERY artist came from the same place you’re in. No one starts out amazing. Stick with it!! Get inspired by some of your favorite stuff, and then go make things! (And be forgiving of yourself; you’re growing!)