It's a new year, and I always regret not taking time to journal or leave some kind of self-expression for future Tim to gauge progress, so here we go.
In reference to my last post about the new school semester, I got A's in both classes I was taking! This is a big deal for me. I've always been able to convince myself that I am capable of great things once I apply myself, but I never really had anything to show for it. As you can see, the artwork from my Drawing I class was something that I feel I can be proud of. My skill level came as a surprise even to me, especially since this was the first real instruction I had ever received from an art course. I never took any sort of drawing class in the past, so I was very pleased with my results. I'm not so much as excited about what grade I got, but I'm extremely happy with myself for finally sticking to something and seeing it through to the end. I typically give up when push comes to shove as far as school is concerned, and I have a bad habit of procrastinating to the point that everything becomes too overwhelming, so I just stop attending classes altogether. It's been a long road to try and change some of my behaviors and how I approach balancing and managing my time (I've realized that you have to give attention to all aspects of your life, not just block out some completely to fulfill others). Baby steps are essential.
As for my art portfolio website, you can find it at www.timpirkle.com/.  … need to add a few things and do a bit of tweaking to the design and layout, but it's something to showcase my work. I'm hoping to learn some flash or HTML 5 to incorporate into the site, but I'm a bit hesitant since I want to be able to access the page via iPhone (in order to show people), but Flash isn't supported and seems to be going the way of the Doduo, I mean, Dodo. Essentially, I just want to do whatever it takes to make browsing my work a lot easier. I really only know very basic HTML and CSS from what I learned almost 9 years ago in high school. It's time for me to brush up on the latest techniques.
As for the job I mentioned in my last post at a sign shop, that apparently fell through. As a result, I'm still slapping pizzas, but it could be worse. I've always enjoyed working for the pizza company I'm with now, but it's just not what I want to do in the long run. I can't find the passion to be the very best at it anymore. It's just not rewarding enough, intrinsically, extrinsically, and most importantly, financially. I rely on my parents for my education, and that's something that I am extremely grateful for, but do not want to be a burden on them any longer. My goal is to make enough money to live more than comfortably and still be able to repay my parents for all they have done for me by taking care of them when they get older and making them as comfortable as possible.
I have a pretty good possibility of landing an internship with some sort of animation company in the Dallas area, but I've only just now been "offered" this. I don't know a lot of details, or if anything will happen soon, but I am confident in my abilities and passion that I will pursue this with pure dedication and have something by the beginning of the next school semester.
Currently, I'm taking some really fun classes that I'm extremely interested in:
-History of Animation Techniques
-Basic Animation - Flash
Hopefully I'll get some of my work from these classes posted here, but if not, you can rest assured that they will be featured on my portfolio site.
I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of results I'll be getting from taking these courses, mainly because I'm so excited about how much I see myself putting forth the extra effort to really get somewhere with them. I hope you guys enjoy some of the stuff I create and I wish you all a great year!