I have a friend named Brad Ferguson. He directs YTV hits such as Almost Naked Animals and Numb Chucks. If it’s got screaming and slap stick, he’s on it!
He recently got me to start rebuilding a habit I’d lost somewhere between teenagehood and adulthood.
“Doodle-a-Day” is a practice I want to see all of my animator friends start now. Who cares if you don’t like it. It’s practice. It’s reestablishing a habit that used to come naturally. When we animate for a living it’s easy to forget we haven’t really drawn for a month. Let’s get back to our roots!!
I also encourage my writer friends to write something every day, my musician friends to create music every day, and my theologian friends to study a verse every day.
This also serves for me, personally, as a practice in not being anxious about perfection. We need to just make. One crappy drawing can lead to an idea for a better drawing.
And even if you don’t post pictures to the internet of your doodle-a-day, at the very least, don’t throw it away. What you think is bad today may just take time and fresh eyes.
I’m posting the doodles-a-day that I’ve been putting up on facebook so far. And I’ll be adding more.
It only takes 21 days to form a habit. Now go doodle!!
Hello to anyone who still ventures the internet outside of facebook! My name is Rachel Peters. We’ve met before, but it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything on my website that maybe you’ve forgotten.
I’ve been moving. Again. Big surprise.
I settled in New York City four months ago (a natural next step from Ottawa) and I’m now working as a “Rocket Powered Idea Monkey” for a really great Experiential Marketing company called Pop2Life . They’re a small firm, with big clients. My title on the website is “Manager of Experiential Marketing”, but as the position has been evolving, my gracious boss recently let me retitle myself. Officially I am simply called, “Idea Monkey”, but I like to preface it with different powers, depending on my mood. Last week I was a “Unicorn Powered Idea Monkey”. Next week… maybe corned beef.
I get to pitch ideas for big crazy stunts and interactive experiences for brands and shows and movies and whoever. Not too shabby a job for a gal like me who’s always been frustrated she can’t make everything she thinks of and has a million half-created projects in the closet.
As far as my own, independent work goes, I’ve been creatively scatted lately (a million half-created projects in the closet), but I’m trying to play at animating a short again. I’m trying to relearn the art of not putting so much pressure on myself that I just don’t start anything. You know, that “every drawing I make goes on the fridge” attitude that comes innately to the youngest born. It’s still in there somewhere, but it’s been trampled for a while. …Probably since more and more of my animation colleagues, acquaintances and friends have been at least nominated for Oscars and Emmy’s (albeit, daytime Emmy’s), I’m just starting to feel like there must be something wrong with me. Maybe I’m lazy.
So, I have little new to show right now, so I’ll share two old videos of cats. The kids seem to like those.
Death Touch, by a young Alex Drumm, and one of my little Mushy eating a banana.
Until make something real, enjoy.
From way uptown in the nosebleed section of Manhattan,
Rachel is a child of the 80’s. In a pinch, without TV, internet or phone service, she’s always capable of finding ways to entertain herself. Come have fun with us!