I should get these out so I can clean out my inbox.
1. Believe it or not, I am actually not spiteful. The commentary I made was just to poke fun at the whole unpleasant drama on Tumblr where it started with one fanart and it went on into people attacking each other for being a racist. I have no interest in getting involved, nor am I taking a stand on either side. I like my life drama-free, thank you very much. I’ve also never been called out on not coloring anyone dark enough, just FYI.
Don’t get me wrong, I think whitewashing IS a serious issue, but I am also of the opinion that a lot of the internet artists are not as knowledgeable about lighting and how it affects skin as the master painters out there. If you see professional artists, master painters like Jaime Jones or Bill Perkins doing something like that (they won’t), sure, call them out on whitewashing. But if you look at an artist on Tumblr or Deviantart, STILL LEARNING how to paint, I think it’s a bit harsh to accuse them of whitewashing, and even worse, being a racist. Of course, it is easy to say that they can just change it, but if you get accused of something so terrible, anyone’s first reaction would be to go on the defensive. It’s just human nature. And this is, of course, the start of every drama.
I’m guessing this all comes from that Last Airbender movie (total flop, deserved to be). Shyamalan shunning colored people on casting because they’re not “sellable”? That’s whitewashing, perhaps discrimination, even. Someone on Tumblr making a fanart and picking the wrong color choices because they’re not knowledgeable on color? Honestly, who am I to judge? I don’t know how lighting works on skin, I’m not gonna make any opinions about it.
And that’s the end of this on my part. I’m not interested in turning this blog into some sort of discussion/debate on this issue, and I have better things to do than to debate with the internet on these issues.
2. They’re alive and well. Some have died, but these ones have been alive for over two years, I’d say that’s pretty darn good.
3. I used to teach physics. Now I’m a storyboard revisionist, where I take storyboards and apply changes to it as instructed by my director.
4. I’m 5’9 with my hair and 5’7 without.
5. I actually don’t remember many of them, and considering 80% of the classes I took are physics, I’m not sure you want to sit in any of them just for kicks. Vivek Sharma was a very good teacher on elementary particle physics. Frances Hellman was my favorite for Electrodynamics. Tom Murphy was also great in Astrophysics classes. One class I extremely enjoyed that’s not physics was one on evolutionary biology with Christopher Wills. I’m not even sure if these guys are still teaching there. Also Fred Driscoll was an awesome teacher for electronics as well, but mostly because he would throw parties for the physics students at his house and one time he came out drunk and naked and jumped into the pool with all the girls.
Never wanted to go to another party after that one.
6. Uhm, I don’t actually follow that many artists on Tumblr. I can give you a list of all my artist friends here, but the list would go on forever. Lemme just list out a few that updates often and I can remember at the top of my head: Anthony Holden, pikse, De’Von Stubblefield, Rem, meneerfrits, Ryan Andrews. And of course, I just wait for Animation Tidbits or Art of Animation to spam me with awesome art.
7. You know, that is something I’m still struggling with myself. This is why we should all study gestures and construction. If you don’t know what those are, pick up some Andrew Loomis’ books of the internet, or check out some tutorial blogs blogs like Rad Sechrist’s or Kevin Chen’s (blog 1, blog 2). Basically first you make sure the gestures work, then you make sure there is no break in the construction. It is easier said than done, but that’s really all you need to pay attention to. The other 99% is all practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, practice.
oh, and practice.