AMA: Chris Gannon

9 days ago from Chris Gannon, Interactive Designer, Illustrator and Animator

  • Justine Shu, 9 days ago

    Hey Chris, thanks for being here :)

    What advice would you give to someone just starting to discover animation now and what practical things can they do to become great at it?

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    • Chris GannonChris Gannon, 9 days ago

      I always recommend learning the fundamental skills of your chosen field. So if you want to be an animator, learn the fundamentals of animation, like the 12 Principles of Animation from Disney. Then pick a tool or tools that suit you and what you want to achieve. Don't worry about what's 'cool' or 'trending' — just pick something that works for you.

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      • Justine Shu, 9 days ago

        Great, thank you! Follow up question :)

        What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing right now?

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        • Chris GannonChris Gannon, 9 days ago

          A new puppy.

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          • Matthew Hollingsworth, 8 days ago

            Amazing. What kind?

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            • Chris GannonChris Gannon, 8 days ago

              A little black lab called Pogo (we're actually getting him in a month but already we're having to think about what he needs and the havoc he will inevitably wreak!)

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              • Matthew Hollingsworth, 8 days ago

                That's definitely a good call. I wish more people prepared for puppies the way you are!

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                • Chris GannonChris Gannon, 8 days ago

                  Well our current dog is old now but when she was a puppy we were TOTALLY unprepared so we're not making the same mistake again!

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        • Chris GannonChris Gannon, 9 days ago

          But seriously the biggest challenge right now (and always) is keeping ideas fresh. It's easy to fall into a rut and churn out the same things time after time. I like to mix weird things together in the hope that I stumble across a new exciting path to explore.

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