"Tell them how you got into art," said my little brother.

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So here I am, telling you guys about my art background. I wouldn't say I'm a professional, though I've majored and am working in the 3d field. I can't go into specifics about what I do 9-5, unfortunately, but I thought I'd share my path on how I got to where I am today and how I knew what I wanted to major in.


Like every person in the art/animation industry, I was always holding a pencil and pad of paper in hand as a child. I was constantly drawing my imaginary pets, copying art I found online, and just aimlessly doodling every chance I got. My parents noticed very early on that this was something that I enjoyed. I was quickly enrolled into numerous art classes throughout my weekends and summers, ranging from sketching and different styles of paintings.


I spent my Saturdays 1pm-3pm at an art studio trying to get better at traditional art. I wasn't good. At all. I can tell you that. At the time, I only ever knew about traditional art. It didn't hit me that there were other types of art until I watched a behind the scenes clip for a Pixar movie. Imagine the look on my face when I realized that people made movies for a living. So I happily looked away from canvas and paper and had my eyes set on the computer screen.


I was very fortunate to be a part of an art inclined high school. I was able to enroll in special classes that catered to my computer graphic needs. That meant that my finals and assignments could mean to create a video or some sort of infographic. High school was when I really had to decide what the hell I wanted to do. I was itching to take animation courses, but those classes weren't offered to me until I was a senior. So in the mean time, I wanted to develop other skills.
I picked up Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop fairly early in my freshman year which led me to grow a love for graphic design. In the summer before transitioning to my sophomore year, I attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco to do summer classes. I attended it again the summer after. My classes included a variety of graphic design, advertising, textile, and basic animation classes. I was fortunate to be able to dip my toe in everything to see what I enjoyed and what I despised.
I've always been the one to go for a challenge, and I'll let you know: I really didn't enjoy taking my animation classes. The graphic design classes were by far more entertaining and easier to grasp. But something about animation pulled me closer to it. Perhaps it was the challenge. Maybe the longevity of my potential work on screen? I'm not sure, but by senior year, I had my application ready to attend Ex'pression for Animation and Visual Effects.


I don't want to go in too deep about my time in college, but I will say this: if you want to know, ask. My 2.5 years in college were filled with grueling, but wonderful hours of trying to pick up every. single. skill. There's so much more that goes on in an animated film or a movie filled with visual effects that I didn't know. The amount of pre- and post-production spent on a movie is incredible. The different amount of jobs and steps it took for just one scene astounded me. The process is much more than just animation; it was modeling, rigging, shading, animation, dynamics, lighting, compositing, etc. For the sake of this blog post, I'll leave out the meanings of each (but I'd be happy to go into it if anyone requests). But I was able to channel my skills to three different parts: lighting, shading, and compositing. And I'd like to say that I was very good at them. I happily accepted an internship before I graduated.

I was (and still am) very happy with my decisions of this particular path. The long road of trying every single damn definition of art was a process, but a process that I'll be forever grateful for. For anyone who read this far and is interested in some things I did in college, feel free to visit my demo/portfolio HERE. Or if you have any questions or need any advice on your path, regardless of whether or not it's an artsy one, feel free to reach out in the comments below.

I want to stay true to my previous post to be as transparent and real as possible with you guys. What other things would you like to read on my blog? Leave a comment below!

PHOTOGRAPHY Brandon Lee Davis


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