Sunday, April 5, 2009
Animation Influence Two: Pat Smith
Pat Smith came to lecture at my school way back when I was a freshman. I had never heard of him before, but was pretty sure that at that point wanted to go into animation. And hey, why not go see an animator? Pat made a deep impression on my animation. I learned from him to love the mistakes. That showing the underlying structure to a drawing and just being messy, brings life to your character. Perfection has never been one of my strong points. Learning that it was okay to make mistakes, to revel in them in fact was just a great revelation for me. From then on I admired Pat and his messy drawings and his ability to do stretchy, taffy-like transformation that I've recently tried to incorporate into my own work. My hope is that it comes off as a good homage to his work.