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Rig City Centre

Dear Winterites,

Monday was a holiday, family day, which means the school was closed and classes were cancelled. Not a big deal for us since it wouldn’t have been the most useful of classes anyway. I thought about using the time to get ahead, but I knew I’d be able to finish my assignments during the allotted class hours during the week, so I chose a more leisurely pastime instead. As in, I basically vegged the day away.

It’s sad to think that in our world of go, go, go, we’ve somehow lost the art of leisure. If I sit down for more than maybe five minutes, I feel like I’m wasting time. If I take a day to relax or just watch shows, I feel like I’m wasting my day. Why do we think that way? We really need to bring leisure back.

Resting, relaxing, and “not doing anything” is absolutely not a waste of time. It’s necessary.

That was my tangent for today.

One thing I did do was get outside for a walk. Despite the wind, the weather was rather lovely. I enjoyed myself, plus one of my friends treated me to onion rings after. I can’t wait for the warmer weather to be a more regular thing so I can get outdoors more often for longer periods of time.

We returned to classes on Tuesday, and that meant a return to Rig City. Since last week we created poses, for this week’s assignment we took the first pose and created movement of the character getting into said pose. Doing so is decently fun and shouldn’t take too long if the rigs cooperate.

Scriptwriting was chill. We discussed the upcoming assignment, which will be to start writing episodes for the TV series’ we’re creating. I’m excited for that. Our prof said, “this will be the hardest part of the assignment as you actually have to write the story.” And my thought was, “that’s what I do. Bring it on.” So, yes, I’m going to have lots of fun with this.

Mission accepted.

As much as I would like to get into scriptwriting as a career, why does everything I have an interest in have to be so competitive? It’s not even that there are lots of people who are also wanting to be scriptwriters that I would need to compete against or anything like that. It’s more that, within the industry, you never know when your project might get wiped off the table due to some transitional factor outside of your control. As a writer, you basically need to get used to rejection, because that sort of becomes your life when you write. But I can just imagine how disheartening it would be to watch some project that got the go ahead to now suddenly cease to exist.

I guess this means I’m still trapped in a state of uncertainty as I don’t really know what I want for my future. At least, career-wise.

Wednesday was back to rigging. I also used some of my afternoon to put together the first draft of another animation assignment. Not much else to say about that day.

(Not the greatest, but it is only the first draft. It needs some fixing, so hopefully the prof will get back to me with suggestions soon. I'd really like to complete this as soon as possible.)

With Thursday came the return to head studies. Between this week and last, one of the head studies will be for submission as the midterm. I’d say mine are alright. Not great, but not awful.

(Just a few gestures on the left. The top right gesture was probably the one that turned out best of all of them. Then to the right is the head study I submitted for my assignment. I like how the lips turned out. They're my favourite part.)

I finished my character rotation in class, which felt great. Our homework for over reading week is to start thinking about what original character we’d like to create. I have a few things in mind, so we’ll see. Should be fun to start playing around with.

(She's cute. This was fun.)

On Friday I finished my time in Rig City. Then I wrapped up another assignment. Trying to get as much done as possible before the break so I can actually have a break. Unfortunately, I’m still waiting for feedback on the last of the assignments, so I guess that one won’t get finished before the break starts. Sad face. Oh well. It won’t (shouldn't) take me long.

(And voila. He reaches for some invisible object and looks at it. Bravo.)

As a bonus, I had enough free time after finishing all these things to also finish off my first painting! It’s not exactly what I was aiming for – alas – but I’m still pleased with the results. I think it’s lovely.

(I do like that it looks to be glowing somewhat. That's my favourite part. I'm excited to paint something else! It's surprisingly relaxing!)

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