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30 Day Challenge – Day 3

Today’s is “What Music Moves You”. We’re to find our “power song”, a song, which Ryan describes essentially as causing a kundalini response, though he didn’t use the term. The description though was perfectly familiar to me. I can name several such songs (which I’ll list below the break.)

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30 Day Challenge – Day 2

Ok, now with the rules, which empower  and which limit ? Finding this difficult to some degree. Some are pretty obvious, if they focus on external validation they’re out of my control and therefore limiting. Others though don’t seem to empower or limit, they just seem to be. #7 particularly is sticking for me. It feels limiting… but I’m not sure I can discard it. It’s so core to how I think about art.

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30 Day Challenge – Day 1

So I was surfing back through my inspirational artists and I landed on Ryan Kingslien’s site. He’s offering a free class called the “30 Day Challenge” that appears to be a psychological deconstructor for artistic blocks. While I’m not feeling blocked, I’m not yet where I’d like to be as far as my career goals go. And it’s Ryan. I’ve found his advice useful over the years. So I’m giving it a shot. The class being free also helps make the pill easy to swallow.

The first exercise is a verbal one involving journaling. I’m not a fan of old paper style journals, so I figure I’d just use my blog. I need ten of each of these to unpack my psychology. That in itself seems a bit daunting, but enough. Let’s move.

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Cha-cha-cha-changes…

Well, it seems the universe has stepped in and decided to push me out of my comfort zone. As of the end of this year, I will no longer be employed with Southern Graphic Systems because they’re closing our branch. While that might sound like a tragedy (and may turn into one financially) right now it feels pretty liberating. I’ve not been willing to pursue my dreams because my job offered my family stability (and let’s be honest, a bit of cowardice). Now that stability is gone and I’ve nothing but me in the way.

Out of the loop…

Had some big changes at work that kind of derailed me for a bit. Took on the role of pre-press manager, leading the department. Paid more, but also took up more of my time, so my art was allowed to slip. I’m up to speed now and looking to get back on track here with regular updates. Currently working on finishing out blendshape targets in Maya for a head rig which I will then render tests using Pixar’s PRMan, so lots of new learning going on. While the visuals may not be terribly exciting, I’ll share them here as I get them. I also wrote the first draft of my first novel in the time between, so new posts may feature that as well. To sum up, the quiet is over, more to come.