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I draw things.
And the things i draw usually move.

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MysteriMaan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
JemiDove Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Hi there fellow Singaporean! Just wondering, where are you currently studying? :O
I'm a Year 1 student in TP's Communication Design (a.k.a. Visual Communication at the other polys, a.k.a. graphic design everywhere else).

(long post ahead)

I really wanted to get into Animation, but my parents didn't have confidence in the industry locally (and I personally wouldn't want to travel overseas to work and live). We did tons of research in the months towards my O levels and eventually compromised for graphic design. I did put Animation as my next choice after all the graphic design courses though :P

It's been a hectic time as an art/design student so far, especially since I never studied O level art or had prior experience at ITE unlike some of my classmates (market spoilers :shakefist: ). My grades are okay...ranging from B+ to A so far (but then again, it's the portfolio that matters more in this field). But I always, always get this feeling that I'd be happier studying Animation. There are a lot of things in graphic design which turn me off (especially the advertising aspect). In graphic design, we inform. Whereas in animation (to my knowledge so far), we entertain. That's the big difference that causes the constant nagging in my head that I'm more suited for Animation. I'm always looking at my friends in Animation, thinking that I could've been one of them. :/ this point I guess I'll just do my best in my time here studying graphic design as a career. Animation shall remain as a passionate hobby, I guess. :shrug:
MysteriMaan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hello friend !
I study at Nanyang polytechnic. Digital Media Design:Animation. Its the best animation school you can get here in Singapore.

You parents aren't wrong, there is little to no market for 2D animation here in Singapore, sadly. There are a few studios around needing the skills of 3D animators though, but judging from the selection of artworks in your gallery(which are not bad by the way  :D  ), i am assuming you want to be a 2D animator.

Don't worry about not having experience yet. They come naturally if you really love what you are doing. And you are right, the portfolio is what makes the artist, not a bunch of alphabets and numbers.

Animation is a form of storytelling. Studying a course in animation only teaches you the technical skills and fundamentals of putting together a story to be presented to the audience. From my own experience, the skills i treasure most(which includes 2D animation), were mostly self taught as my school teaches the students in a production company type of way; meaning that we did less ACTUAL "animating" and instead, more concept art, storyboards and other animation pipeline related things.

If you wanted to be an animator, then time is all that you need.
Time, and the Smarts to look for knowledge.

The internet is an epitome of FREE tutorials, just google searching "animation fundamentals" and you get the basic for understanding how motion works.
Deviantart itself has many great animation tutorials.…

As a Singaporean, my advice would be to continue your course and make animation a hobby, unless you love doing 3D or willing to fly overseas.
JemiDove Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Ah, I see. In fact, that's where I wanted to study at. XD

Haha, though I have no 3D works in my gallery, I'm quite interested in learning 3D animation/modeling as much as 2D. It's just that I don't have the programs. :XD: I've always admired CG animation in videogames, and would learn it up if I have the right tools.

Oh yeah, what am I saying - animation isn't just entertainment, but it's about storytelling! :facepalm: :XD: Graphic design lacks everything which I like about animation - storyboarding, character design, prop design, environment concepts and so on. Graphic design does seem kinda lifeless to me at times, but I guess I'm just not appreciating it enough. Yet. The closest I can get to all this is getting into my course's Illustration specialization in Year 2.

Free time is so hard to obtain these days :ohnoes: Looks like my next vacation would be occupied with staring at tutorials and messing around in flash 8D

I really appreciate your advice. Heck, I'm even glad that you replied at all. :D

(saw your comment on an acquaintance's journal regarding animation recently. That's how I stumbled upon your gallery)
MysteriMaan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Your welcome.
May i know which acquaintance this is ?
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MysteriMaan Featured By Owner Edited Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Apparently, i suck at art. But i make them anyway.
MysteriMaan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
After effects is a godfater
MysteriMaan Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
can't even spell father right, Gaddinggit.
sulPSulk Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Thank you for the favourite.
abatwood Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Thanks for the fav! : )
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