My first term at Art Center is complete. When I took classes at the local community college, I never finished any of my assignments and played hooky more often than not, so I was worried that I'd have a hard time taking school seriously here. However, I completed every assignment and only missed one class session. I'm not sure what my grades are, but at least I know I did it and I didn't give up.
The entire experience so far has been frustrating. I'm not the type that likes to be told what to draw, and I never take deadlines seriously enough. I dunno though. Out of nowhere, I've got this drive to just take off. I don't know if it's my obligation to make Ian proud anymore, either. That's definitely what got me to apply for scholarships and get into the classes, but now I think I'm running on my own legs. So anyway, I got all of my assignments done on time, I made a handful of friends, and it was really depressing to leave class on Wednesday night, even if immediately after, I went to an amaaaazing Bloc Party concert at the Hollywood Palladium. <333 I would listen to Bloc Party to help me focus on my homework, so seeing them in concert was a nice way to finish of the term.
But yeah, here I am. Being thrown into a mix of hundreds of people far more talented than I thought I could ever be made me realize how much more I have to learn, how much more climbing I have to do, but most importantly, it gave me an idea of exactly where I want to be headed. Now that I know what I want, the hard part is over. I just need to make it happen.
The most important thing I've learned at school so far is that in order to become a successful illustrator, you can't just draw pretty things. You have to market yourself effectively or nobody is even going to know about your pretty drawings, and I've been doing a horrrrible job at it. I don't update my site enough, and Pon and Zi are mixed in with my other illustration here. My deviantART, azuzephre.net, my Artician account, and my neglected LiveJournal are far from organized and anything but synchronized. I'm not the smartest person when it comes to all of that stuff, but I just learned how to use RSS feeds to synchronize my blog across all of my websites. So now, at least when I blog, visitors won't have to run through each of my profiles to get all of the information about something I'm doing.
Since I began my stay at deviantART so unorganized, there are people here who added me to keep track of Pon and Zi, and there are people who haaate Pon and Zi but added me to keep track of my other stuff. I can't cleanly remove either from my gallery here, so this page is going to be a messy combination of both. My Artician account is new, and it's not going to have anything to do with Pon and Zi. I'm in the process of making azuzephre.net only for Pon and Zi. I'll be using RSS to thread my Livejournal through both sites, so the blog section of each site will have updates that cover everything.
So once I upload more to my Artician account, I'll post a link here in case any of you are interested in taking a look. Keep an eye on the homepage at azuzephre.net to see if I've updated the site there. I'll be taking all of the blogs I've posted there down, and they'll be replaced with Livejournal blogs that are yet to be written. : B So yeah. Updates are coming.
By the way, I have TWENTY-TWO new PonComics waiting to release at the conventions I'll have booths at in the upcoming months. <333
Oh yeah. In addition to having a synchronized blog between all of my sites, I'm adding a video blog page to azuzephre.net.
-a random fan. <3
How have you gotten so good at what you do?
good luck with all the administration over your multiple accounts (:
we should hang out next time you have school
Texxxt meeee if you're bored and want to get food or hang out on Colorado or something.
oh woe is me, how i turn green with envy. grrrr.
i'm glad to hear you're doing well in school and taking it seriously. i know exactly how you feel, when i started out in animation i was really freaking out thinking "i'm not good enough, everyone else is soooo much better than me". then i eventually stopped comparing myself to others and realized how well i can do on my own, as long as i stay motivated.
good luck with the whole organizational shenannigans.
yeah, I know what you mean. I'm very unorganized when it comes to art and stuff as well, but then again you do it for a living and I do not XD
but as always good luck and have fun!
I wanted to go to Laguna, which is 5k less per semester and I can't afford it at all.
I, however, like Art Center very very much <3333
I tried scholarships, but alot are based off of financial need, and I don't qualify for any of it. >:
I wasn't all too impressed with Art Center. I just wasn't. And don't they require originals for the portfolio? I hate that. I refuse to give originals. >:
cant wait for more Pon and Zi
Keep it up
Consider coming down to Texas for a con? I would definitely go, just to see your works. Gah I really wanna go see you but I'm too young to go to Cali by myself and I doubt my mom would take me just so I could meet the creator of Pon and Zi...
Ah well... I'll buy a T-Shirt at the next Con I go to..
Yeah same here, its the way things go.
I am happy for you Jeff that things went well, such a nice guy like yourself (so I've seen so far) deserves a good future.
I wish you the best in that future, as I always do.
Enjoy a bit of downtime.
Anyway I'm just saying that By the way. And sorry for the poor english
Also, what's the link to your RSS feed? I'd like to put you on my LJ watch list.
Just a thought, and I wish you good luck with everything~
Too bad I live... like, far far away .__.
but I bought one of your fabulous T-shirts<3
Thanks for making them and good luck! : D
I...I don't know how to express how excited I am that you're going to be be at fanime. I'm usually at fanime. A couple of years back I wanted to go to Anime expo to meet you when I discover your works, but BIG convention scared me, I can't stand crowed room and places. I will be really looking forward to meeting you at fanime if your not freak out by this comment yet. And if you don't mind I was wondering if you're going to be a table for the artist alley at fanime or not?
You muuuuust stop by the table and say hello. I'm friendly. : B
You are amazing.
I Freaking hate you! Bloc party is pretty much epic win! I <3 them!