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!
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.
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!
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.
4/5 stars I totally thought that this was going to be a fun take on someone’s first wacky adventures when moving to a new city with a new job, but it's the complete opposite. It’s a well-informed guide to moving to LA to work in animation. It covers everything from job hunting to apartment hunting to the reality of living in LA. This graphic novel details both ends of the spectrum, good and bad an all the possibilities in between. The only down side is that it can be a little long-winded, with a lot of text (more than you would usually expect from a graphic novel). But, I highly recommend this read to anyone who might be considering moving to LA to work in animation. Even though that’s not my plan (at all), I learned some really useful things about LA and will definitely put them to use next time I visit.