The look is cartoony, loose and fun with a limited color palette, as you might expect, but with a very sincere approach to working in the animation industry. The tone is generally optimistic that sheds some light on the risks/sacrifices young artists take to follow their passion. I'd hope other interested, non-artists might give it a read and learn a little bit about being a commercial artist. (I often thought of my friends and family who don't understand my profession as I read) The author and artist collected commentary from other artist friends which adds to the general perspective. I've worked in games and freelanced in tv animation a bit from the midwest, but I never committed to moving out west when opportunities were there. As such, I always wonder how much I might have regretted (or not) staying "home" near friends and family and how much I might have changed as an artist and person. This book offered a vicarious peek for me - just what I was looking for. Thanks much!
I loved this comic. It was informative without being boring, the story was inspiring without feeling preachy. I know a lot of people who are interested in this industry and i am going to recommend this graphic novel to every one of them. This isn't a "how to be a animator guide" and it never claims to be. But her story and insight in the Animation industry are so compelling, i would recommend reading this book regardless of your interest in her occupation.
The artist, Natalie Nourigat is a source of inspiration and reflection to all life of professional artists who wish to walk on the path of the career in animation.
The way she told the story of her journey from comic artist for graphic novels and newspaper in her home city of Portland, Oregon to professional story artist in Los Angeles is a story that relates to us all in all manner. Whether it is a freelancing career, professional career, or even the starting point of artist, this book will give the necessary confidence, inspiration, and motivation to walk on the path of artist in animation despite the grim realities we faced today.
Hell...If anyone is looking for inspiration or the motivation to be a artist for animation, this is the book for anyone!
The book is very good at telling you the upsides and downsides for careers in animation. Gonna love the freedom of expression and community, but you're gonna probably have to tackle homesickness and other issues to make it. What really helps drive the story home is the last section of the book where some of the author's peers give their stories, showing that there is more than one way for someone to get into the industry.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in animation, story, or the movie/tv industry. Cute illustrations mixed with raw storytelling and experiential advice culminates into an unforgettable read.
This is a very informative and well drawn book about one animation/comic book artist's journey to working in animation in L.A. If you're wondering what such a journey might be like, this is a must buy! It was so engaging that I read it in one sitting.
Short but full of useful information, not on just getting into animation in Los Angeles, but on getting to LA and what life is like there. Multiple artists give different perspectives on how to get in and life and work in LA. As a bonus, the book is full of beautiful art that could be a lesson in itself.
This book was funny, insightful, and such a personal view of what it’s like surviving in animation. I thoroughly enjoy the advice, the art, and everything in between. A must read for those with the hope of one day getting in animation.
You can learn a lot about the animation business and Los Angeles. This is great for anyone wanting to get into the movie industry. All told in a biographical style. A young lady who is living the experience.