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  • Writer's pictureJo Davis

Son of a nutcracker!

Well, here it is, hurtling towards the end of the year and sitting down to write what I've been up to.

I've been working on a few different projects, quite a few in 3D which is great as it's something I've wanted to do more of this year. I've definitely felt my confidence grow, as well as sometimes feeling out of my depth, but I'm reassured that's a good sign that you're pushing yourself and learning! So I'll take it.

I attended another lovely animation social in November, and got chatting to a few fresh graduates about their experience on their various courses. There seemed to be a consensus that whilst they were frustrated with the lack of contact time and professional readiness, that the overall experience and connections were valuable enough to justify the eye-watering fees.

It made me a little nostalgic for being back at university, I don't think I fully appreciated at the time the freedom to create, experiment, and throw all your time into work! I do wish I'd had the tools that I do now (YT tutorials, Instagram, etc), but I also think we all hit our stride at different times in life... maybe now is mine?

You may or may not have seen that, speaking of freedom to create, I had some free days this month to make a... seasonal animation? I wouldn't say it was full on Christmassy, but it's got arctic circle vibes that I was hoping would fill the brief. It was a lot of fun to make, utilising a bit of 3D, hand drawn and AE. I was very strict and drew a line at roughly 3 days, restraining myself from tweaking it endlessly. I do think the water would have looked nicer with more reflections (of the mountains etc) but I said enough was enough.

I think I'm going to make a quickie 'making of' video, as I did a pretty simple one for my bird wizard clip that people seemed to like.

I will do another post before the end of the year I think, or maybe just after New Year, but for now have all of yourselves a very merry Christmas/holiday break, I'll be officially back in the office on the 4th January.

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