But anyway, here's a timeline of my process of wandering into the wilderness only to return to where I'd started from...
- January - Focus: Learning
- February - Focus: ?
- March - Focus: Animating
|For animation practice, I reproduced the frames from a flip-book for the Miyazaki film Ponyo|
- April - Focus: Planning
The end of April was very important, because I made some decisions that locked in what I would be working on for the next four months. I found out about two important opportunities: 1) Writing contests to get into studio TV writing workshops and 2) classes at the Animation Guild.
- May - Focus: Screenwriting
- June through August - Focus: Storyboarding
|Sample of one of the storyboards I did for the class at the Guild.|
- September through October - Focus: Drawing/Inking (Fading Cloud)
|Sample inking page from Fading Cloud.|
- November - Focus: Character Art and Storyboarding
- December - Focus: Writing (new screenplay, webseries script, Antediluvian Blues)
But then, I sat down with a friend of mine, Jeff Turley, who's already well established in the industry, and he told me that I really need to pick one thing to work on. That I should dedicate a year, one year, to focusing entirely on just one thing.
So, I picked writing, and started writing like a madman. I wrote the first half of a feature screenplay, two episodes of a webseries, and finished off the first draft of Antediluvian Blues.
|Antediluvian Blues, as revision begins.|
So, after all that, I came to the point of saying that I need to take time away from drawing (at least as a point of focus) for the year 2015. I'm going to dedicate this new year to writing. I'll get a few feature screenplays knocked out, write a few TV specs, get Antediluvian Blues self-published, and maybe start another novel.
No way of knowing what else the future will hold, but 2014 definitely gave me a lot of breathing room to feel things out and see what works. And, at the end of it, I came out realizing that the only thing that I absolutely can NOT live without...