This is something that’s ground my gears for years and years and I’ve kept quiet and potted along because I know better than to rant at the internet. So this is more of an eye opener for you “Animation-enthusiasts” out there.
No one… NO ONE can instantly make a living from original concepts with smooth frame by frame animation and drawing/colored/shaded. (Unless you have great wealth… Cartoon Hangover with Bravest Warriors)
Adam Phillips ended up working storyboards for another studio, Harry Partridge still does commissions to help his career, heck Ego Raptor does “Let’s Play” videos. Sleepy Cabin, with their podcasts while still in the backgrounds working on their own projects.
I have nothing negative to say about these guys because they’re STILL doing their best to produce ANIMATIONS. That’s what I respect.
HOWEVER, not everyone can do what they do… People like myself are a prime example. I’m JUST making a living off of YouTube. It’s comfortable for now and I have a lot planned (ORIGINAL STUFF TOO OMG) but it’s been a journey to get where I am.
I’ve had to make a few cheeky parodies here or there. I’ve had to follow trends and pop culture… Am I 100% proud of it? No. But I can live with myself for the following reasons.
#1. I’m still animating.
#2. I’m still creating.
#3. I make any ‘parody’ or ‘meme’ my own in my own way.
As stupid as it sounds, I can believe in myself that it’s artistic in its own way. Is it ULTIMATELY what I want to do forever? Hell no. I (like most) want my own series, I want to make video games, I want to experiment with new technology, I want to collaborate and share wealth with fellow animators… I want to enrich and celebrate the animation community.
I have my plan. I’m sticking to it. It beats working at a Super Market just so I can draw those 500 bonus frames that no one will end up seeing.
Constructive criticism is great, but pointless bashing on someones cartoon (especially new/upcoming animators) is working in the opposite direction.
Animation is a niche and I want to grow it. Take this how you will, but pull your own head out of your own fantasy world and get a grip on reality. How are you helping animation in the big picture?