Dear Angeleno Tumblrs!
If you are going to the Independent Shakespeare Company’s benefit vaudeville show tomorrow (which you should, because it will be great, and if there’s anything in LA you should support, it’s the ISC) here are some helpful tips from the Company for tomorrow:
This Sunday, May 19
Show time: 3 - 5pm
Location: Old Zoo, Griffith Park
WHERE IS THE STAGE?
Download directions & map here
WHERE DO I PARK?
Sundays are busy in Griffith Park! There will be a lot of signs announcing birthday parties so look for the HOT PINK SIGNS with an arrow that says “Free Shakespeare.”
Parking is free.
We suggest giving yourself an extra 30 minutes to find parking and to walk up the hill and to check in at the Will Call Table. (so aim to arrive at 2:30, or before)
DO I NEED TO PRINT MY TICKETS?
There is no need to print your tickets. We have a Will Call/Check-in Table at the top of the hill where we will check off your name.
If you are bringing friends who want to buy tickets at the door, they can do so at this table.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Pack a picnic, roll up a blanket (low back beach chairs are fine too), bring cash to buy goodies and don’t forget your sunscreen!
WHAT’S HAPPENING BEFORE (AND DURING) THE SHOW?
Concessions will be selling cold drinks and snacks!
Get your picture taken at Vizid’s free photo booth!
Buy raffle tickets for great prizes!
Enter the silent auction for one-of-a-kind sessions with ISC Company Members!
Buy ISC merchandise! There will be Vaudeville t-shirts, buttons, CD’s & posters.
(Note: we can take your credit card but cash is preferable.)
Questions? Call us at 818-710-6306. [They are very nice, do not be afraid of calling.]
HEY L.A. PEOPLE!
This Sunday (May 19) at 3:00pm at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park, the Independent Shakespeare Company is holding a benefit show, for the purpose of raising enough funds to put on their summer season of FREE awesome intelligent accessible Shakespeare. They’ve assembled a festive picnic basket of vaudeville-themed talent, including
Considering this is a fundraiser, the single ticket price of $30 is really surprisingly low, and $60 for a family* is practically a bargain. Please come join in the fun – you’re not only getting fresh air, and afternoon out with your fellow citizens, and a really great show, but you’re helping to make possible one of the best things in Los Angeles, which unlike most attractions around here has at its core the principle of being freely available to all.
*two adults and as many children as you can manage; there will be no DNA testing at the park
Talking It Over (or, Exactly Not) and Love, Etc. (Heavy On The Etc.) are listenable on the Radio 4 iPlayer until Friday and Saturday, respectively.
I’m really not usually one for fraught domestic dramas about deeply flawed people being cruel to each other, but these are such brilliant productions, brilliantly written, directed, acted, and edited, I find I can’t stop listening, even when it’s really difficult to do so.
And because they don’t give you any advance notice on the iPlayer: Mature content! Adult themes and situations! Those easily upset by intense interpersonal conflict should perhaps listen to the Dawn Chorus instead!
This week is the last week to buy Macro+Micro prints, so if you’ve had your eye on one, head on over to the shop!!
I don’t know much about art careers outside of animation, but I’ll do my best to answer this.
Art school (or formal art education, not necessarily getting a degree, but ‘art school’ is quicker to type) teaches you more than just how to do art. You can have the most amazing inborn talent and do a lot of independent study and still benefit a lot from art school. Things which you don’t get from independent study:
It is possible you could land illustration work (as an example) by sheer talent alone, but you may not know what format publishers want your work, how to mark it up for printing, what your rights to it are, how to get your next job after this, and so on.
The hardest thing in an artistic career is getting your first job, or first series of jobs. Schools really help with this, as they promote their students, and the school you went to ‘brands’ you in such a way that employers know a)whether you’re worth their time and b)what to expect from you. Chances are, the people you went to school with will turn out to be very important in getting you work, in the future.
So to answer your question more directly, your chances of getting a job involving art without going to art school (or formal art training of some sort) might be OK, but making a sustainable career out of art is much more likely if you’ve had some formal education.
That’s about all I’ve got – I could ramble on but I don’t think I’d cover any more than that. Anyone else got anything? I know there are non-animation professional artists who follow me and I’m curious to hear what you have to say.
Alternately, if you’re on an LPF* menu, leave out the cheese or possibly replace it with hummus?
*Least Processed Food. […]
I think hummus would be too strongly-flavoured and upset the delicate balance of more subtle root veg flavours. But you could make a gravy of vegetable broth and roux and pour it in the pie before you put the top on and bake it. The cheese is there as much for structural integrity as flavour, so if you had a thick enough gravy it might serve the same purpose, and make it moist and savoury besides. Some of the books describe a gravy, if I remember correctly, and I’ve always been tempted to try it but never quite confident enough.
Could you possibly give some advice to a 16 year old aspiring artist who really wants to do something art-related after high-school but doesn’t really have a lot of financial backing? ie are student loans worth it? Can you get a job that pays them off if you go into art? I know you’re an animator at Disney, so I was hoping you’d could give me a few tips? Is it really hard to get a job at Disney, for example …
The short answer is: Don’t take out student loans and expect a job at Disney to pay them back.
The long answer is much longer:
Apparently the train just came in because wow, so many new faces! My curiosity is piqued, not least because I’ve been slack in posting lately, so if you don’t mind sharing what or who brought you here I’m dying to know.
Happy Shakespeare day, internet! Today we honour an amazingly tidy man who entered and exited this worldly stage on the same day of the year. (Maybe.) Also he was pretty good at writing plays.
What better way to celebrate the matter of dramatists and supreme celebrator of the humanity than by supporting a brilliant theatrical company that does the Bard proud by mounting really seriously entertaining productions of his plays and making them accessible to people who might not know Shakespeare, or think they don’t like it, or couldn’t afford it, by offering a whole summer of free shows in Griffith Park?
If you know anything about the Independent Shakespeare Company, you know how awesome they are, and if you don’t know anything about them, then I highly recommend you find out. It is no exaggeration when I say that, for me, the ISC makes LA worth living in – and I really profoundly dislike LA so that’s saying a lot. They inspire me and sustain me and prompt me to make a 1940s pastiche poster for their ‘house band’.
As they’re approaching the summer season, they need to raise an awful lot of money in order to put the festival on, so I’m trying to do my part by SELLING POSTERS! They’re $20, very nicely printed on 11x17 cardstock, shipping included if you live in the States – if you’re elsewhere and want one we can figure that out. I don’t yet have a store, but you can drop me an Ask or email twirlynoodle at gmail, or just go straight to PayPal with my email address. ALL proceeds go directly to the ISC, who will put it directly towards the summer festival, so if you’re in or near LA this summer you can come have a picnic and watch a show, and know you helped make it possible.
Help set Shakespeare free!
I have a piece of art in a gallery! Like a real artist!
Light Grey Art Lab is putting on a show of science-themed art, and I couldn’t be more honoured to be a part of it, because I love both of those things (all three if you count LGAL). If you’re in the Minneapolis-St Paul area you can drop by and see them in person – it sounds like a lot of fun, they’ve got activities and everything.
(x) Moist von Lipwig in Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal
Credit to Tealin who actually has a tumblr now.
Why hello there old drawing of mine! You can come sit here with the others.
Unless I Tumblrized this already and forgot …
Jam Tomorrow -
Jam tomorrow or (older spelling) jam to-morrow is an expression for a never-fulfilled promise. It originates from Lewis Carroll’s 1871 book Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. In the book The White Queen offers Alice “jam every other day” as an inducement to work for her:
“I’m sure I’ll take you with pleasure!” the Queen said. “Two pence a week, and jam every other day.”
Alice couldn’t help laughing, as she said, “I don’t want you to hire ME – and I don’t care for jam.”
“It’s very good jam,” said the Queen.
“Well, I don’t want any TO-DAY, at any rate.”
“You couldn’t have it if you DID want it,” the Queen said. “The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.”
“It MUST come sometimes to ‘jam to-day’,” Alice objected.
“No, it can’t,” said the Queen. “It’s jam every OTHER day: to-day isn’t any OTHER day, you know.”
“I don’t understand you,” said Alice. “It’s dreadfully confusing!”
I keep using this idiom on people who have no idea what I mean, which makes it kind of useless. I share with you now a simple way of summing up a complicated abstract idea! Go forth and propagate its usage!
Disney layoffs, 2D animation, and you -
A very nervous animation student (he didn’t say, but I assume he is studying 2D animation) asked me about my opinions on the state of animation these days. What are the companies thinking with laying off all the employees, not doing 2D animation, canceling great TV series, etc.? Are the business people just evil? AND the even bigger question: Is John Lassiter a jerk (or worse) for letting all the 2D animators at Disney go yesterday?
MY ANSWER: I have a slightly controversial (for an artist) perspective on businesses and business people. Over all, I like them. At times, I have even been grateful for them. (Steady paychecks should never
I don’t usually reblog things on this Tumblr (that’s what twirlytumblfluff is for) but this is a topic that’s been coming up a lot this week and I thought propagating this writeup would benefit everyone.
Tom Bancroft speaks TRUTH and is much better-informed and measured than others out there, that I’ve seen. Though I think perhaps he meant to write ‘If you can’t imagine not drawing and being creative every day’ in that last paragraph.
And it’s Lasseter with an e, not an i.
I’m done now.
Long haul flights can be a real bear.
But when life gives you lemons …