YES! This is it! The post I have been waiting to share with you all since I first wrote up all of my topics! I am so excited to share with you this really epic tale of a man (my man to be specific) who has been knocked down more times than he can count, but has never stopped believing that someday it will all come together.
I will be sharing all of his info/links at the bottom of this post so you can check him out and follow along on his adventures in the wild and very crazy animation industry!
His tale is a long one, but I would like to start by telling you how bloody talented my man is. Eric can pretty much do it all. I'm going to try to not sound super jealous when I write this up but I'm not kidding when I say he can do it all. This guy can do cars, characters, environments (like you would not believe) he can do graphic design/UI and the guy can also animate. Did I mention he is MY guy hehe! Proud little lady over here!
I have known Eric a long time now and I know if there is one thing he loves above all others, it's Transformers. His love for cars is epic. He knows all the latest and greatest news about them, how they work and he even succeeded in teaching me to drive standard. If you've ever met me you will understand why that is a big deal and should almost be resume-worthy hehe...
Back to the subject... I would like to preface what I am about to say with the following just in case there are any CAP peeps checking this out. The advice given to Eric in school was valid but at the time was taken in a different context and just how I reacted when I was told I wasn't good enough to be a designer, Eric felt much the same way.
When we were in school, Eric would draw Transformers all the time. He even animated one traditionally (on paper - which was insane) as it transformed while rotating up into a final pose. Trust me, minds were blown.
There came a point in our school careers where we were getting our final work together for our demo reels and portfolios. We had weekly critiques with one of our instructors to go over things and it was during one of these sessions that our instructor commented that Eric couldn't put the transformers he had made into his portfolio as they would not help him get work. His competition was too fierce and it was a waste of his time. He should be working on original content. Again, these are all extremely valid comments. We have both grown over the years as artists and can see how at the time this could have been taken the wrong way but now we have a better understanding of what was meant.
Well Eric being Eric (I love you Hun and I mean this in the best way) didn't listen. He continued to draw transformers and did include many of them in his final portfolio.
Fast forward to Eric after his first year in the industry. Though the Transformers he did hadn't landed him his first gig (in fact it was his wicked environments that did the job) he continued to draw them. Every other week there was a new one for me to marvel at.
When he was sadly laid off, Eric hit the ground running. Now go ahead and ask me what got him his next job. Go on. I know you want to.
HIS TRANSFORMERS FOR PETE'S SAKE!
That's right! After all those years of drawing them fancy cars and robots he lands a gig working on (pause for effect) Transformers Rescue Bots!!
So the moral of this story is this:
Draw what you love and the work will find you. Take the feedback, learn from it, but follow your heart and don't you dare let anyone tell you differently.
Eric, if you are reading this (you better be) I hope you know how damn proud I am of you for sticking to your guns and never letting anything get in your way.
Hi! My name is Courtney and I am currently working as a character designer in the animation industry!
Artwork and Content is © Courtney Pearson 2016