As this is my first post as the Illustration blogger, I’d like to talk about a key factor—media from my childhood—that I’ve only recently realized has and continues to encourage me to pursue my art further.
I’ve learned a lot by looking back at many of the TV shows, books, and generally most of the media I was exposed to as a kid. Remembering these past joys with a new perspective has truly given me the pleasure of understanding the techniques of the people who shaped what I saw as a child, and the technical procedures that went into a countless number of the things I love. Seeing now the errors, the blunders, and the interesting ways these limitations were handled in the past has become a driving force that constantly affirms to me that this is what I want to do.
Thinking about what and how the media I was exposed to as a child was created allows me to constantly develop a new respect for the challenges pioneers of these techniques, like animation, had to conquer to create the quality they did.
For Example: You’ve probably never thought why Yogi Bear wears a tie all the time. The brilliant minds at Hanna-Barbera put a tie on a Yogi because then they could work separately on animations for Yogi’s body, While his head was animated at the same time pulling off more work in a shorter span of time By decapitating Yogi they were able to make him more expressive and animated.
Even today, new forms of art are created and methods from the past are revamped and celebrated, such as Yogi’s tie. I hope that what I’ve learned from artists before me may help me undertake artistic issues, similar to the one I’ve presented here, in fascinating and efficient ways. This is what drives me to do art. I thrive on finding new ways to better express my ideas.