Staying inspired during isolation

 21 April 2020

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Hey everyone! I’m Joy. Quarantine life’s probably taken a hit on all of us; including me. With nearly all my classes cancelled at university, it’s been pretty hard to keep productive, as I’m sure is the case with most of you. Even as an introvert, this life of isolation has been pretty challenging. However, as an animation student, one thing that has been keeping me sane is working on improving my craft, that is; drawing.

No distractions? Great! Nothing scheduled for the next half-year? Awesome! That gives me hours upon hours to draw – in one way, this quarantine can be an opportunity for artists like me! The same reasoning goes with any projects you’ve been wanting to work on. If you didn’t have time for it before, now’s the perfect time to get a start! I’ve been participating in the weekly / bi-weekly art events hosted by our first-year animation class. So far, it’s been a blast! (Here are some icon badges I made in Adobe Illustrator from a tutorial on Skillshare – in which, by the way, you can get a 2-month free trial; a perfect way to learn new skills in this time). 

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 Chances are if you’re in high school, you’ll probably have a subscription of the Adobe suite already with your school email. If so, you can play around with the applications and learn a new thing about design or two. Right now, there are plenty of free courses made available by generous artists who want to help students like us during quarantine. Make use of these resources and start having fun! Disney animator Aaron Blaise has made his online course: The Fundamentals of Animation, completely free! If you want to get a start on learning how to animate, that’s a gold mine ready to be used.

I’m not going to lie. This social distancing is probably going to take a huge toll on our mental health. Not being able to meet up with friends, have lunch at your favourite restaurant, or being able to go anywhere… it sucks. However, we must all do our part to keep the community safe. But who says we have to act like it’s the apocalypse? Treat this like a golden opportunity to start your very own project, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly time flies by.