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What some people think animation production is.


I have a little story to tell about my time in school.

There was an art professor we had. I will simply call him Rick. Rick was the professor for most of the classic skills you’d need as an artist, no matter the discipline. Life drawing, anatomy, etc. He’d been an illustrator most of his life and his skill was not to be denied. He was REALLY good.

Rick worked with traditional media only; paints, markers, colored pencil, charcoal, etc etc. There is nothing wrong with this, let me clear that up. Learning the skills it takes to use traditional media as well as anatomy and how to look at things in the world is essential as an artist. This is what Rick taught.


Rick did not have any respect what so ever for digital art, animation, or media of any kind. So much so, that not only were his grading conventions harsh, he didn’t take personal improvement into account. Instead, he compared most of the students to his own skills. Not to mention he made sure to comment at EVERY opportunity about how using a computer to make art was taking the easy route. Because the computer did ALL THE WORK FOR YOU. HMMMMMM. In essence, most of the animation students especially disliked him, because we tended to be the ones he was harshest on, seeing as we did the majority of our work and projects in CGI, photoshop, flash, or illustrator.

Needless to say, he got many many MANY complaints. Apparently, he obtained SO many complaints, the school forced him to attend one quarter of one of our basic animation/modeling courses (the school operated on 12 week quarters as opposed to semesters). In lieu of losing his job, Rick had no choice but to join the very students he’d dismissed as not real artists in class everyday for 3 months, learning the very basics of 3D animation and modeling.

I will never forget the day we were attempting to animate a bullet shattering a pane of glass. Rick was seated next to me in the lab and during our work period, he leans over and in a very quiet, sheepish voice, asks me;

"Um…Tasha…could you show me how you did that?"

I helped him out, of course. And from that point on, I think he finally realized just how much WORK goes into ANY piece of work. No matter how you make it. By the end of the quarter, he actually came forward during one of his own classes and apologized to EVERYONE for his attitude.

The computer is simply another tool for creating art. It takes time to learn how to use it, just as it does learning the techniques of a brush or pen.

Because trust me; if any of the above buttons actually existed, WE’D FUCKING USE THEM.

Ya’ll listen to my homie, Tasha right here.
This story is for real. 




a mythical animal of North American folklore (a so-called “fearsome critter”) described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns or deer antlers and sometimes a pheasant’s tail (and often hind legs). The word “jackalope” is a portmanteau of “jackrabbit” and “antalope”, an archaic spelling of “antelope”. It is also known asLepus temperamentalus.

It is possible that the tales of jackalopes were inspired by sightings of rabbits infected with the Shope papilloma virus, which causes the growth of horn- and antler-like tumors in various places on the rabbit’s head and body.

[Caitlin Hackett]

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