Anthony Zierhut Sketchblog

Drawings, observations and occasional goofy stuff.

anthonyholden:

What are studios looking for? How can I get into a good animation school? What should I be studying?

I get a lot of these types of questions now and again, and I never know how to answer them. I can’t be sure of what studios are looking for, I don’t control admissions policies to schools, and I have little idea what makes for a current and relevant curriculum. There are a lot of variables in your bid for a career in animation, and it’s kind of impossible to control most of them. You must be crazy to want this job!

I find it helpful to focus on the things I can control. Among those things are your study habits and how you spend your personal time. It’s good to work hard and have goals—without them we would get nowhere. Study hard and make decisive strides towards achieving your art goals. But in the heat of that pursuit, don’t forget to go out and live your life!

If you spend any amount of time looking at artists online, you’ve probably figured out by now that there are about a million dudes and dudettes in internetville who draw better than you (I relive this realization daily). Once your have done your best to rise to their level, the only tool you have to compete with these crazy talents is your background, your personal character—is you!

Consider developing your whole self with the same raw focus and intensity that you develop a particular skill set. Get focused. Go out, have adventures. Run, jump, skin your knee, fall in love, root loudly for the away team at a baseball game, barely escape a crash of stampeding rhinos, live to see another day. Experience things big and small. Go for a walk. The world is full of wonders.

I know this advice is not particularly animation-specific, but maybe that’s for the best. At any rate, it is something I feel strongly about. Animation is great, and there are few things that I enjoy doing more than drawing and storytelling. But in order to have stories to tell, first you have to live them.

Be good, and see you soon!

PS, if you were looking for advice on draftsmanship you should probably be reading this.

Last sketch of my old Ford Escort before donating it to charity. We were together for 14 years and 100,000 miles! Hopefully it will do someone some good, and do good for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Last sketch of my old Ford Escort before donating it to charity. We were together for 14 years and 100,000 miles! Hopefully it will do someone some good, and do good for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

anthonyholden:

Dudes and Dudettes,

Sorry for the radio silence. I’ve been at home with my family spending some quality time with OUR NEW BABY!! I’m back at work now, but I did get to take a couple of weeks of paternity leave which was amazing. You guys, if you haven’t had a baby you should definitely give it a try. I mean after you get married, that is. Let’s not get carried away here. Anyway, babies are seriously the BEST.

Things at home are super busy these days, but I’ll try to check in with new doodles when I can. Until then be good, everyone!

Simply awesome.

Mark’s jacket

Mark’s jacket

My son getting a haircut.

My son getting a haircut.

Sketches from this last weekend at our community garden plot.

Sketches from this last weekend at our community garden plot.

Funny squared-off trees. I thinks they were shrubs once, and grew up to be trees, but their owner kept their hedge look. Made me laugh while I drew it.

Funny squared-off trees. I thinks they were shrubs once, and grew up to be trees, but their owner kept their hedge look. Made me laugh while I drew it.

2 Freeway and Verdugo Blvd.

2 Freeway and Verdugo Blvd.