Monday, June 13, 2022

Your First... πŸ‘Ž

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I encouraged my students to save images of the first item they modeled and not look at it for a while. Then look at it at least 6 moths after. The reaction is always the same. Disbelief that they made such a rotten model. This is important as it will demonstrate concretely how far one has come. and where one will be many years from now. I showed them a photo of the fist drawing I did in school and how much it sucked compared to my graduation images. Today, I can hold my own with pros. 
It's not fair to yourself to compare your work (code, film, models, paintings, etc.) with high end pros. You won't be as good as them at the moment. And that's ok. It's good to favor them. To admire them. To emulate them. Learning their techniques will help develop your own. 
Remember: they all started just like you. DaVinci was not born with his skills. he had to start somewhere. It took years to develop his style.
You will develop your own style. Who knows. At some point someone will look at your work and be inspired by it 😊

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Rewarding πŸ†

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I've seen this way too often in the industry: a person's goal is to win an award. That really is the wrong attitude to have. It's self centered and myopic. Your team will never do a good enough job in your eyes and and you'll always miss something important because you'll be obsessed with your own vision of how it will look/sound/feel. In the industry, there were times where a college only cared about what lay beyond the end goal. o the point they ignored issues right in front of them! And it caused the team a great deal of problems.
The goal is to make the best product you can as part of a team. 
Rewards are temporary. The experience will bring you to the next level of your career.
I recently got a small dose of this when I learned that a game I worked on over 20 years ago just won a Peabody Award! I had no idea it was submitted for review! My goal was never to get any awards. It was to make the best art I could and to work seamlessly with a talented team. 
All else was gravy. Even if the gravy is over 20 years old 😏


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Was away

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I had to be away for a while due to health issues. I will be back more frequently with new posts.