“What is My Purpose?”

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Never before has a tiny robot been so damn relatable, and finding your purpose in Animation can be both difficult and humbling. But, contrary to being a robot programmed for one thing only, we are humans. We can adapt, improve, and find our own path.

Organic modelling is what I love doing, and im better at it than other subsets of the field. So I feel like I have found a true purpose for myself. But it wasn’t always this way for me. When I first started, animation was just some hobby, and I had no clue what I actually wanted to do with it, or if I wanted to pursue a career in it at all. But, as I progressed through the program, I had the chance to learn about all the different fields in animation. I found what my strong suits were, where I was weak, what I HATED (*glares at rigging*), and what I thoroughly loved working on. That’s when I found my purpose.

It may seem obvious, but if you’re having trouble finding your way in the field of animation, trying to balance your strengths and your enjoyment is the best way.

“I love animating and am the BEST at it!”

WELL AREN’T YOU JUST CAPTAIN SPECIAL!? Just kidding, that’s amazing and you should be proud. You’re already ahead of the curve, stick to your path.

“But what if I SUCK at what I like doing?”

This is tough and humbling, but if you’re pursuing a career in this, (like any job, really), you have to focus on what you’re best at. You just can’t expect anyone to hire you based on what you LIKE doing. People want to see your strengths. There is a silver lining to this though, getting hired, even if it’s not your prefered field, is HUGE. Animation is a very competitive field, so take the wins you can get. While in the industry, use your spare time to improve your skills in the job you enjoy. Ask questions to those who work in it, take tutorials, practice practice PRACTICE. Maybe one day, you’ll be able to move over to that job.

Whatever you love doing, stick to it, improve, pursue it. Just be prepared to make some temporary sacrifices when it comes to a job hunt. Stick to your strengths, but never drop what you love doing. Find your purpose, and don’t settle for passing butter.


Stay. Busy.

Due to my current school schedule, and well, laziness, I haven’t been really working on projects lately. So last night I had free time and an idea, so I decided to get right to work on it. It’s a simple character, something I’ve done many times before. But as I progressed I realized just how many mistakes I was making. My topology was awful, I had done things out of order, and wasted time trying to find relativley basic commands and tools. The result looked nothing like I pictured it. I pretty much just said fuck it a restarted. I was so lost that I resorted to pulling out some old lesson PDFs from past semesters. I realized then that I hadn’t actually worked on a character for three months!

You cannot let yourself get rusty. As I said, I havent had a lot of time lately, and since I was out of practice I actually burned away two hours of my limited free time on a total boondoggle. I was messing up on simple stuff that I should not have had issues with.

I’ve decided that I need to start doing micro projects. Just like any skill, you have to keep practicing, keep those neurons strong. A micro project would be any simplistic task to help reinforce certain ideas. Make it a routine to do small, 20 minute excercises throughout the week to keep your skills sharp.

For example:

Today I created a standard cube in my 3D program, and started pushing and pulling verticies until I morphed the cube into a sphere. Then took the sphere and reversed the process to make a cube.

Little projects like that are quick and simple, but it keeps your mind active and reinforces skills, like topology manipulation in this instance. These seemingly inocuous tasks can do a lot for you, especially if you’re in a postion where you don’t have the time to constantly be working on big projects. Dont let yourself lag behind, Stay Busy.


-Jackson Carter

Welcome to Animation Fun Times

“HELP! I’ve dedicated my life to the most tedious thing I could think of!”

Animation is work, a LOT of work. When you spend 2 hours just trying to make a character walk two whole steps. When you dedicate your night to trying to figure why that characters arm decided to flail around for five frames. Or if you spend a whole week trying to create and finish just four seconds of animation. When you elect to do all of this and more, and you enjoy that? Yeah, you’re probably a bit of a masochist.

But thats just it isn’t it? It’s all worth it. You comit your time and energy into one of the most tedious activities in the entertainment industry. Through the twilight hours, you’re bashing your head against your desk, finalizing your project. When you finish, you’re left with the most rewarding feelings you’ve ever felt. That’s the magic of it all. Nothing about animation comes easy, so your victory is all the sweeter.

This blog is about sharing this passion, of making an inanimate group of pixels come to life. Here is a place where you can get tutoring, share ideas, and make things that cant be possible in real life. The world inside a computer or on a page of paper is yours to create, destroy, and breath life into. And I’m hear to help you, while you help me, and we all share our knowlege to achieve what we want and need to get through the arduous process of animation, and come out of it with something we can be proud of.

About me:

My names is Jackson Carter, I’m completing my 3rd year of animation education. I’m far from an expert but I want to share my experiences and knowledge to help you get through the hurdles of this seven layer hell that is animation. From concept art, and script writing, to modelling, rigging, texturing, animation, and post-production. This is what I want to help you readers become aquainted with, and provide valuable tips and tools to make the journey just a bit easier.

Welcome to Animation Fun Times.

And remember, “The computer fucking hates you, SAVE OFTEN.”

-Jackson Carter