Blogging lessons Andrew Chen

Building up content is hard and requires consistent work. A great read from Andrew Chen who writes about Tech. Though it’s a different field there are some good lessons to learn and you can apply it to your art/design or any other endeavors.

I find it fascinating to learn from other successes in different fields and reapply it back to my own design journey.

“A great read from the class act that is Andrew Chan. I especially found this interesting: “For a professional audience, at least, email is the only KPI I care about. Nothing has more engagement

Focus on writing freq over anything else. Schedule it. Don’t worry about building an immediate audience. Focus on the intrinsic.


An Artistic Eye

Today I learn that it’s important to have an Artistic Eye when you are creating your visual media. Its not just enough to be a technical software wrangler (Although that is important). But we need to give something more than just another pretty picture. Technical skill is not enough.

This brings me to a quote I read from J.J. Abrams.

It’s more important you learn what to make movies about than how to make movies.” – J.J. Abrams
For J.J. Abram’s to him he needs to know what to speak to the audience through the medium of movies. What it means is there needs to be more than just technical skills and be able to Art Direct. What is the current ideas of this age that can be distilled into a 2hour movie life lesson and to make something visually appealing and resonate to an audience. And not just hitting the check marks of your software list.

Now with technology it is so easy to learn software quickly to get results. But how can it may you stand out and be better? Who knows what we will be using in the future to make digital media? Today it’s Maya, Houdini, or maybe occulus, Unity or something else? Technology is always improving.

It also means are we able to see something different and interesting enough so that when we share it with an audience it will resonate with them. It builds down to the creativity and ideas.

Lorne Lanning in an interview also received this from Jack Goldstein to have an Artistic Eye.

I was an illustration student at School of Visual Arts—I had seen his paintings at the Whitney Biennial, and at various museums, and I was just blown away. I showed him my work and I was making all these comments, you know, “I aim to improve this way and that way,” and he goes, “You paint just fine, you just have no ideas.” And that’s Jack in a nutshell.

Building up that Eye

It requires time and experience. I don’t think art school is enough. Many blogs from other artists and even entrepreneurs have said to get out of looking at your Phone or Laptop and go expereince life.

If you can’t there is reading widely such as literature you can live through other lives through books.

This is how we can gather new ideas and information to be reapplied to the medium we work with.

Applying an ‘Artistic Eye’ elsewhere

What is Your medium and who is your audience? You may be in a startup or health care or something else. But we can apply that artistic eye idea to see more than something purely technical. Yes we need to have the tech nailed down but that is just the interface to the needs and wants of others.
Using our artistic eye we can use the methods to one serve and make a painting to see new problems and creative solutions to be applied. Entrepreneurs are already doing this seeing gaps in a market and applying creative solutions.
So the bottoms line is to develop that artistic eye to see what the world needs and will resonate with them through the medium you are practicing.

Robota – Doug Chiang

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A man with no memory wakes on a world dominated by robot warriors and realizes his memories hold the key to save the dwindling remnants of the human and sentient beast population.

I bought this book when I was about 16 years old. At a time when The Matrix and insect robot designs were so in trend.

I do not remember why I bought it, but it could have been it had a nice cover art, of robots walking in a sand storm. There was something about it that drew me in seeing it sit on the bookshelf at Basheer Graphic.

The author was Orson Scott Card and the Artist was Doug Chiang. I did not know about who Doug Chiang till I realized he designed Star Wars characters and vehicles.

Looking through my book again it seems a shame that it’s not going to be made. There were trailers and some concept art online and they had plans to make a video game out of it.

Recently at THU 2016 he talked about his journey as an Artist and how he did Robota as a passion project. He tried to get it funded through kickstarter but it did not get off the ground despite many news press releases.

Check out THU VOD for more interviews with Doug Chiang on his journey in making this project book.

I do not know if a new generation of young viewers want Robota. Not sure if it can compete with the designs of Overwatch. a heartwarming animated short

I recently saw an animated short, in the style of Pixar, on my whatsapp. Its a heartwarming story about a dog helping a crane get food.

What is interesting is that Big eCommerce companies are stepping up in building brand awareness through storytelling animations.

The Tencent e-commerce subsidiary commissioned Australian production house Passion Pictures to produce a four-minute film which pits the brand’s adorable mascot, Joy, against a hungry heron during a quiet fishing trip.

Named ‘Joy Story: Joy & Heron’, the Pixar-style film shows the small dog trying hard not to rock his master’s boat while defending it from the worm-stealing bird.

However, after spotting the heron is only trying to feed its hungry – and fussy – chicks, Joy comes around gives away the whole pot of worms. And in the spirit of Chinese New Year, the heron then reciprocates the gesture of kindness.