Saturday, September 1, 2012

Not gone, not forgotten..?

As regulars, (if any) may have noted, I have been derelict in my blogging dooties of late, nearly four months since my last posting of any kind. My dereliction comes honesty, for the most part, I have been busier in the past half year than in several combined, both on the home and work fronts. Happily, it has all been to the good, altho not really subject for going into detail here.

Here are two relatively old digital sketches, one (above) with a caption representing a fleeting sentiment that crossed my mind months ago but now seems distant and OT for the days present, even though true enough...
This other is a colorful sketch of yet another homeless character inhabiting files, sketchbooks and post-it's that my restless scribbling has crossed. His name is "Baz'" lest I forget, and he is a charming animal, but like too many of my inventions, without a viable franchise to date...

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I have taken a week off this past, hoping to do Great Things, including bringing the blogosphere to it's knees with awesomeness... It didn't happen.  Instead, my first real vacation in a year got caught up in errands, family life, a bit of reading, a toothache and updating my growing collection of Korean Pop Music. Awesomeness abandoned, I'll be returning to the grindstone in a few days; but I was  also recently asked to speak at an event regarding any topic of my choice regarding the field of animation and I came up uncharacteristically stumped. To be honest, I don't know what to say about the field any more. Much of what I had to say can be found in these here archives, and at the present moment, I find myself curiously agog with the shifting and unstable nature of the times ahead. There is positive energy to be found here to be sure, but it is daunting at the same time. The world and industry I entered more than 3 decades ago is long gone, the world of the present is slippin' slippin' slippin' into the future...scarily, but fraught with possibilities I am frankly intrigued by. I can barely begin to describe how tired I get of the baggage of the past and my subsequent eagerness to embrace The New. The firmament is a-changing, as I can see clearly in the entertainment choices of my kids and family and even in my own wandering interests. I welcome it, of course, nostalgic as I sometimes have been, (i was raised on nostalgia and as such assimilated my parent's and grandparent's pop culture as much if not more than my own). Affection for the past, however can't dampen excitement for the future and although I suspect some of the landscape of said terrain will leave me cold, select areas are exciting as ever.

The fifth anniversary of this blog slipped by a few days after my last post, maybe that's why all this comes up at this point.
Five years from now, I suspect the landscape will be wildly different one way or another than what it has been. I hope to be here for it too. Cheers....

5 comments:

Kimberly said...

Nice to see you pop up on my reading list. I knew you three decades ago, cripes 3...through Lori Maxwell. Loved watching over your shoulder to see what your hand was creating in your black sketch book. Life was different then.

Mike Pelensky said...

Glad to have you back, Will! And glad to hear about your eagerness for the future. I have been a craft-obsessed, nostalgic brat for a while now, but I am slowly coming to the realization that I could afford to open up -- to new styles, to new media, to new adventures. I agree, it's an overwhelming, yet exciting time.

In that vein, I posted some fun storytelling scenes from a video game I'd forgotten about. The article is a bit nostalgic in nature, but the content is not often seen, and I would love to know what you think about it.

Jamie Iles said...

Really good to see you back to it.

Ignacio Ochoa said...

Hi Will. Oscar Grillo posted on his blog more Cotta drawings.
This is the link.
http://oscartoons.blogspot.com.ar/

I remember that you liked Cotta´s stuff.

Rich T. said...

We've missed your awesome posts! Thanks for your perspective on our times. Kinda scary to see technology racing ahead so quickly with the resulting cultural and economic dominoes flying which way. But no matter what happens, people will always embrace good content in any form.

Toothaches on vacation are the worst!