The Animator Gets a Pep Talk

Bogged down by the minutia and necessary discipline of the animation process I occasionally take a few minutes off from large projects and just do some doodles. This one is short and gets right to the point.

Still having fun daily studying, learning, and practicing animation.

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About bobcomings

Visual artist working in wide variety of media and forms including painting, drawing , sculpture, digital drawing and painting, digital animation, and sound exploration for almost 60 years.
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11 Responses to The Animator Gets a Pep Talk

  1. Great! Your practice is paying off !

  2. Fred Smith says:

    I LOVE THIS ONE. Truly a major piece. A profound expression by T. Putter. It’ll be in his pantheon of great works.

    a quotable from F. Red Smith –

  3. Jennifer Badger says:

    Hi Bob, It’s always fun to see the things you’re working on. Thanks for sending it. Love, Jenny ________________________________________

  4. Judy Hope says:

    Nice one. Who can’t relate to this. All the work on this blog makes sense together and definitely bears (or bares) your unique vision. It was fun to review all the way back to the hummer. Thanks.

  5. Les Phillips says:

    Very cool Bob, it looks like you are enjoying yourself.

    • tputter says:

      Hey Les!I am still having fun with animation. But coming up with stories is the real nut to crack. They have to be authentic (true in my own life experience) and something I can actually translate into animation with my limited drawing and animation skills. This is altogether a not easy package.I just watched a Bukowski video on YouTube via the Open Culture website. He is sitting in the back seat of convertible being driven around his neighborhood in Hollywood. He serves as a Hollywood tour guide, pointing out the various bars, liquor stores, whores, and drug dealers. Then in another piece on OpenCulture, I saw his tombstone. Between the birth and death dates is an image of a boxer and the two words: “Don’t Try.” By this, I think that he meant: “wait for it. Do not reach for it. It will come to you.”So lately I have been doing a bunch of waiting for it, while struggling with a very complex autobiographical storyline that is so far unwilling to “come to me.” Maybe if I just wait a bit longer….bob

      • Les Phillips says:

        It would seem to me that with the incredibly interesting life you’ve led that subject matter would not be that hard to come up with. I am reminded of something you told me years ago: “the solution is within the problem”. And you’re right, play with it, have fun, and it will come to you. I really love what you’ve been doing.

      • tputter says:

        yeah, letting it come to you. and realizing that it is already at hand! the animation process is so highly technical and labor-intensive – I still have not quite figured out how to play with animation so it can come to me.but I think that I keep getting closer.thanks for the feedback. I hope your creative life is as rich as ever and that your body is cooperating.bob

  6. Susan Gilbert says:

    Hello Animator, Things are reasonably fine over in this neck of the woods but if I don’t answer an email the minute I get it, it seems like I never do. So I am changing my tune, maybe? I have been meaning to say that I love your animations, so much fun!!! Little project or big project. Love, Susan

    zig’s zig zag sig /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\

    • tputter says:

      HI Susan,Great to hear from you. Thanks for your words of encouragement.I am glad to know that things are doing OK in your neck of the woods. All is pretty much steady-as-she-goes here. Linda just got back from doing the Open Studio event at Hunters Point. She is giving up her studio there, but will most likely be allowed to do the Open Studio event again in the same studio space with painter/printmaker who is the primary renter of the space.I am in the midst of crossing the dying computer rapids and waterfall and hoping to come out relatively in tact on the other side. My audio computer and old WIN XP quit providing video so I had to figure out what to do. My local techie friend is helping me upgrade my graphics computer so it can handle the audio stuff too. Then we just have to figure out how to get terabytes of my old sound and video files moved.He patched the old audio computer enough so that I am able to use it for my evening sound exploration sessions. But it takes me sometimes up to 32 minutes of fussing with it before it is ready for use. The whole incident made it abundantly clear to me how much I value and need sound play time every day.Meanwhile in the animation side of things, I had decided it was time to do something a bit more personal and a bit more expressive. Story is the crux of animation so I went to work trying to apply what I have learned about writing: “write what you know,” etc. I came up with an autobiographical spin on a disaster that happened to my family when I was about 14. About when my parents went bankrupt having been swindled by a very slick talker into investing their life savings into a business (used earth mover tires) that appeared to be booming with a huge inventory of stacks of those enormous tires only to find out about a year or so into running the business that after they sold the top 1 or 2 tires from each stack, they were left with a warehouse full of rotten merchandise.I am still working up the storyboard for this project and doing preliminary character drawings, but I have a strong feeling that I will be either drastically truncating the storyline or abandoning it entirely. I do love animation, but it has to be fun for me to do… not a chore and tedious. So that is where I am now in my studio.Animation is so slow to produce, but each one, even the short little exercises that I manage to finish just thrill me and make me want to jump into the next one.We in California are getting pretty desperate for rain. I hope you are getting some creative time in your life.best wishes,bob

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