Oh, my, what has happened to that one artist who draws dumb elfs since their last journal in November? Did they make it to the magical land of happiness and earthquakes? Are they stuck in Arizona? DID THEY DIE?! No, of course not, silly! I shall tell you what has transpired whether you want me to or not!! Done being cheezy
Since my last journal, I packed all my stuff into my car and moved to Burbank (slightly northwest of Los Angeles). It took two days to get there (hit a blizzard...I WAS NOT AWARE IT SNOWED IN ARIZONA AND NEW MEXICO?!). I moved in with a college acquaintance Ditchmaster
who is now one of my best friends that I enjoy torturing very much
though she fights back
. We also live with the storyboard revisionist for Steven Universe, egomatter
(who we never see very often cuz she always at work/doing crewniverse things). There was a lot of culture shock the first month. The first week I was here I believe I didn't even leave my house except that first day to buy groceries; and driving around for the first time since moving was a frikkin' huge deal for me. But now I'm comfortable with the area.
It took me a month and a half to get a job; luckily I was hired at a Subway right across the street from my apartment and also kid-sit for a family from my new churchin Hollywood
which is full of even more supportive, open-minded people!
In general, L.A. and the surrounding areas are super artist-friendly. There are other artists everywhere, the Burbank library has huge art/graphic novel/manga sections, you can hunt down draw jam groups and figure drawing sessions, there are kewl events like CTN Expo and animation breakdowns, there's graffiti of cartoon characters on buildings, and other random stuff (like delis that let big-studio artists draw on their walls, and releases of foreign animated movies you can see in theaters instead of waiting them to be released on DVD, if at all in the U.S.). So if you are an artist and need a new home or a more creative environment MOVE HERE if you can find a roommate or two or three cuz it NOT cheap o.o'
BUT IT'S WORTH IT ANYWAYS!! (As long as you make yourself crawl out of your cave and explore/be social. I have a hard time doing this honestly cuz I'm often lazy and the ol' social anxiety flares up)
The weirdest thing about living in this environmentis that there are so many other artists that you often vanish in the crowd. There are dozens of clones of you applying for the same jobs, only they probably went to an art college, have more contacts, or are somehow better equipped than you. For me it was depressing at first but now I use it to aggressively drive myself to get better. The fact that I live a few blocks away from Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon is also a constant pressure/motivation to improve myself. (Nothing like walking to go get a hamburger and passing CN to make you go all "WHY AM I NOT THERE. MUST. WORK HARDER.")
Lastly on this topic...I couldn't have gotten here if not for the support of my friends/family. I don't mean it in a cheesy way, I swear!! Friends hold me accountable for things I say I'm gonna do, cuz if it were up to me, a lot of the time I'd sit on my butt and be lazy. Also nice people like Anazen
, and many others have helped encourage me AND been a fantastic emotional support through some incredibly low points the past year. My parents always supported me coming here as well. And one of my best friends SirMurphysLaw
helped in an extremely large way SO HERE, EMBARASSMENT!! (Luckily he comes out to visit my roommate and me otherwise I'd be very sad. He hopes to move here soon, too, cuz he loves the atmosphere of life and progression. See, even engineers can be happy in LA!)
TLDR; I'm extremely happy here and I feel like I'm where I'm supposed to be in life and I love all of you. Joy. Happiness.
On to the other thing! Almost a year ago, SirMurphysLaw
and I came up with an extensive sideplot for Fighting-Tournament, but I didn't have the time or opportunity to make it happen. However, now that I'm in the process of learning lots of different things (reading up on filmmaking, figure drawing, etc.), I'm going to be using that story to improve myself in as many areas of a comic as possible.
So, as a bunch of you already know, I'm doing a last exhibition round for Fighting-Tournament
. And, my current opponent/friend, LotsOfMoon
(another awesome encouragement to me), is going to race me to see who can finish their comic first- their final round or my Round 6. So wheeeeeeeeeeeee here we go!