In the beginning the anxiety about coming to University of Ulster to do Animation was at its peak, walking through the university doors was a whole task on its own, but the determination and support to not let anxiety get in the way of being able to do something that you love, allowed me to experience a stupendous amount of joy that came from achieving something that someone would find so small is phenomenal.
Talking to people was my number one problem but coming to this course and being able to push myself to talk, make friends and getting to the point of communicating to them without worrying was an achievement on its own. So far this course has been a miraculous journey for me, it has had its ups and downs, thankfully more ups than down so far and every minute of it has been cherished. The university, the course, the people and the lecturers are all fantastic, would not have asked for any better way of starting my first year of university.
The feeling of surprise of how some students do not take the Animation course seriously, yes you can have fun but to not do the work and waste your time there is sad, especially when it really is a privilege just to be in this course, being taught by professionals that have been in the industry and to be able to have the opportunity to do something that you love is really something that you should not take for granted. All of my lecturers have been extremely helpful and absolutely lovely, they are supportive and know what they are talking about which is very inspiring, they make me feel more passionate about animation and that I can make it in the industry. They definitely inspire me to do better, to improve and create more, to find my own unique style that I’ll be able to apply in a future project.
Something that has been a real struggle within the course has been the presentations, they make me want to curl up into a little ball and disappear. In my head everything that is going to be said is planned out but it never comes out that way, it ends up were one gives off the impression that one does not care or is not making an effort. It is a struggle that needs to be improved, my confidence has been battered so much throughout the years that all that can be done is improvement, so I look hopefully to the future.
This course has been one big learning curve, it has allowed me to improve my skills tremendously and being able to learn all the different aspects within animation is definitely a treat. Life drawing has also played a huge part in my improvement, especially because poses were always troublesome for me, making a pose look natural and not stiff has become somewhat easier but it’s something that needs to work on it a lot more. Next semester is something to look forward to, to continue growing and learning all that one can. Being able to become better when doing projects, coming up with ideas, researching, sketchbooks and blogging is definitely something to make my goal to improve.
Looking through my work it is easy for me to see how far I’ve came and how much improvement has been made, its inspiring just seeing how much progress there has been and it’s something that is truly looked forward to seeing throughout my time here, one ponders what they’ll be like in 4 years’ time and how much progress that have made since day one.
Thank you so much for accepting me into Animation!