Hi 2020! Man, it was a longtime coming, but time to say hello to the first month of the new decade. You only get ten of those before you die, so these are always momentous occasions of reflection and, often, change. For me, I’ve decided to finally get serious about a goal that I’ve been sleeping on for years, toying vaguely with but never really committing to: I want to learn how to animate.
Honestly, most of my video-editing practicing has been preparing me for the jump. I have the adobe products, the tablet, the stylus, and the voice-acting/video editing chops to augment the content…I just need to commit to learning how. In addition, the time is finally ripe that I have enough mental brainspace to focus on animation. I’ve moved to a new house which is quieter/more controllable than the one I lived in, and my new job gives me ample time off the clock to focus on my own passions.
In order to clear my mental palate, I’ve finished what will probably be my last Electra City content for a while. The Psionic Olympics is a novella starring Flora attending (you’ll never guess) an international sporting event where psions compete for medals while representing their respective facilities. It’s a pretty zany little adventure full of sports, surprises, and sex, so check it out if you’re into that sort of thing. Me, I’m sick of how nobody ever reads anything I write. Since my YouTube channel is the only thing that ever gets any clicks, I’m going to transition my storytelling drive into the one medium I can actually get an audience.
For the next few days I’ll be visiting family friends in a nearby city, but after that I’ve got some preliminary steps to take to hone the skills I’m still missing:
*Practise audio-mixing with the Yeti. There are two stories I’m debating between telling, and both hinge on my ability to give the protagonist the right voice. Whichever voice I can mix properly will likely determine which plot I go with.
*Start drawing with the tablet. Draw something every day. Ideally, start uploading things to the computer and get used to drawing digitally. I’m much more comfortable with pen and paper (I’ve actually been drawing comics almost my whole life, though I’ve never posted them online) but I can’t realistically see myself animating anywhere but the computer.
That’s it for now, I guess. Wish me luck! I’ll check in a few days from now with more updates.