Friday, March 14, 2008

Constructive Criticism for Creative Creatures

Friday March 14, 2008

Hey All! The ides of March are nearly upon us and it's a fine Friday evening. The topic for tonight both graphics and also constructive criticism. This past week I shared a few of my animation efforts with my old friend Mark of the Illogical blog. He had more than a few choice comments in response that made me think bout how any artist can take critiques of their work. It's helpful to have someone else review your work before you publish or share it with the world. Family members are often less than objective but a good friend with a dispassionate eye or set of ears can pick out details that you may have missed. It's like writer getting a proofreader, or a game designer lining up a play-tester. You may be too close to your own masterwork to see the small flaws and inevitable errors that creep into even the finest final draft. Even after you've posted your artistic efforts use whatever reviews you get, either positive or negative, to improve your next work.

The picture of the week was created using Anim8or. It's a single frame from a short test/demo animation I did.

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The loops of the week are a set of R&B drum parts

The PC game of the week is still Titan Quest.

The book of the moment is The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams. This is a kind of animation boot camp for novices by one of the masters of the craft.

The web site of the week is the company page for Idle Mind Productions, which is run by a group of filmmakers based in LA with some very cool and edgy stuff.

Send your comments and feedback and I’ll read it all and respond to some of it.
Bye for now!