How I Became An Animator

How I Became An Animator

On my Instagram I try to reply as often as I can to questions about art and animation I know a lot of you who watch my content are young aspiring artists or you want to get into animation and you don’t know where to start And although my Instagram DMS are always open There’s only so many times. I can answer the same question over and over again. And while this video isn’t going to be a direct response to a specific question , I will be talking about my journey into digital art and how I became an animator Hopefully this will provide somewhat of a blueprint to those of you that want to follow in the same footsteps I should also mention this video is sponsored by Wacom I’m going to talk about it more at the end of this video but I’m really happy to have their endorsement particularly on this video because Wacom played a big role into my artistic journey as you will soon find out so where did it all start for me? Well first, let’s set the scene a little bit I grew up in Post-communist Romania sharing a small room with my brother who was one year older than me I mean, he still is one year older. We just don’t share a room anymore Thank God but for a very long time we were both crammed into this very tiny space we were raised by a single mother and our Grandparents on her side who also shared a room My grandpa slept on the couch and my mom and my grandma slept on the floor I’m telling you this because I know there’s a lot of kids out there in similar situations who don’t even dream of becoming a Financially independent artist because they don’t even know that’s possible. So we were poor as heck. I didn’t have any guidance I didn’t even know I wanted to become an animator I was just doodling and drawing comics all day long because I was really shy I was Bullied in school for me drawing was not a hobby. It was an escape We have this old computer that me and my brother would always fight over and I remember one day as I was on the computer in 2006 I found out about this website called deviantART It was a forum of artists of all ages and skill levels where people shared their art But also tips and all kinds of useful information It was here that I found out about digital art and I fell in love with it I was 14 and my new goal was to become a comic book digital artist I found out about Photoshop and drawing tablets and everyone was recommending and raving about Wacom So as a broke 14 year old I started running errands for kids in my school I’d go buy lunch for them and they gave me a cut of their money And I saved up every penny until I had just enough to buy my first Wacom tablet It was a used older model that I bought at half price it was 200 romanian lei at that time around 60 US dollars and he could have easily been a scam but it was the only way that I could afford a drawing tablet I waited and counted the days for it to get in the mail And as soon as I got my hands on it, I used it every single day But here’s the important thing that you need to understand as an artist You need to grow on two separate lanes You need to of course develop your drawing skills But it’s equally if not more important to grow your business knowledge to understand how the industry works to learn how to use social media platforms to your advantage to make connections and to learn from people who are more experienced than you I think a big mistake that a lot of beginners make is they they focus only on the technical drawing part without paying any attention to the business side of things if you want to make a living as an artist or an animator you need to Grow both of these skills at the same time and somehow as a 14 year old I intuitively understood that and I started looking for work as soon as I had the tablet It didn’t matter that I wasn’t good enough yet. I volunteered on other people’s web comics. I entered drawing contests I did free Commission’s and art trades I always pretended that I was more experienced than I actually was because that would get my foot in the door and by doing the gig that I wasn’t good at I Was learning and getting better in the process I worked for free on a lot of indie projects and it wasn’t until 2009 that I earned my first $5 for this drawing Right here. There was no way for me to get paid online at that time So the guy mailed me the five dollar bill all the way to Romania in an envelope to be honest I think he may have paid more on the postage than the value of the five dollar bill inside of the envelope Of course nowadays is much easier to get paid you have PayPal coffee patreon people don’t need to mail you the payment But I’m glad that that happened because to this day I still have my first five dollar bill framed on my desk the following years I started getting more and more Commission work. I never really owned a lot But I was doing what I loved and the few dollars that I was earning here and there motivated me to keep going in 2011 when I was 19, I moved to Denmark by myself to study web design of all things my mom pushed me in this direction because supposedly web design pays a lot and it’s Kind of in the same area of what I was doing on my own, but if I knew then what I know now I would have never gone to college It slowed me down so much and it took away precious time that I could have put into Developing the path that I was already on and spoiler alert. I later dropped out of college Anyway, this is a very common misconception and I get this question probably every day Did you go to animation school or art school to study art? And it annoys the living goofs out of me because you don’t study art You learn art by making art by going to college you are forced into somebody else’s learning structure and time frame and it’s usually much slower and Inadequate to your personal learning needs if you’re ambitious enough You’re watching tutorials going on forums connecting with other artists on the same level that you’re on and you’re going to develop much faster and more efficiently if You have the ambition for it now I’ve been purposefully leaving out the animation part out of this video so far because it’s important to understand that I never set out to Become an animator. I did experiment with animation in middle school For example, all of my notebooks had little stickman flipbook animations on them in 2007 I was making full-on animation shorts on deviantART but it was always secondary to my goal of becoming a comic book artist, which Eventually faded off one of the reasons for that being that I was colorblind. Oops When I started my youtube channel in 2013, I was doing a lot of fan art for popular youtubers speed art videos I was too shy to record my voice in any of the videos So having a big youtube channel with a dedicated audience was a foreign concept to me at that point I felt more comfortable telling other people’s stories So I started experimenting with fan Animations taking clips from popular channels and animating them one channel in particular that I loved around that time was SourceFed r.i.p and after three or four fan animations that I did for them philip defranco reached out to me and he was like Hey, I see what you’re doing here. Would you like to make these weekly animations on the SourceFed channel? And I was like, oh, yeah So he passed me over to the SourceFed producers and for the following two years I made over 200 animations for them and I learned so much in the process. I developed my own style my visual sense of humor I learned what audiences want and how to play off of what they’re giving me. I then worked for Smosh for about a year I did some freelance animation for other companies here and there but eventually I just got tired of animating other people’s stories I’m grateful for the opportunity to have worked with all of these people They have indirectly taught me a lot of what I know today But it wasn’t creatively fulfilling for me to keep doing that in the long term and the straw that broke the camel’s back Was the now infamous situation where I had to turn down working with Kylie Jenner I wanted to tell my stories I wanted to talk about my thoughts So when the kylie jenner video started getting traction, it was sort of my pokemon evolution my super sand Transformation I dropped everything I was doing I stopped working for other people And I put all of my efforts into my own channel, and the rest of course is history Here’s the key points that I recommend you take away from this video Number one don’t expect someone else to give you all of the solutions on a silver platter Don’t just message me or the odd ones out expecting us to give you the magical solution That’s gonna make you great overnight as rude as that sounds Established animators don’t have the time to reply to every message instead go get involved in art Communities and forums where there’s many people just like you willing to help each other out Number two when you’re just starting out You don’t need to be an expert to find work volunteer on small-scale Indie projects do free art Commission’s connect with other artists build your online presence little by little now this may sound contradictory To what I said in the Kylie Jenner video where I advise people to put a price tag on their time but this is a balance you alone have to judge when to work for free and when it’s time to charge for your time and Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to that. It’s a lesson that you will have to learn through your own experience Number three forget about the myth that you need to go to art school Especially if you live in a country where the tuition is gonna put you in debt and number four Understand the digital art and animation is a career that you’re going to have for the rest of your life Don’t compare yourself to people with millions of subscribers. I got my first Wacom tablet when I was 14 I’m about to turn 27 next month It took me 13 years to get to the point where you see me now And I’m nowhere near where I’m going to be five years from now or 10 years from now You’re on a continuous learning journey, and you will never be perfect You will never know everything there is to know You can only strive to be better than you were last year and the year for now Once again, this is not the perfect blueprint. This is not the perfect solution These are my experiences And I hope you take away something from this video that’s going to inspire you and put you on your own journey Even if most likely for you that’s gonna take a much different form than the steps that I had to go through Now when Wacom reached out to sponsor this video it was one of those full-circle moments because I’ve been using Wacom products since I was a kid, and they’ve always been the market leader when it comes to drawing tablets they’ve just released the new Cintiq 16 model and this is a great move by Wacom because for a long time their display tablets have Been in the thousands of dollars price range the new Cintiq 16 is only six hundred and forty nine dollars Which makes it affordable to? Intermediary artists who don’t feel quite ready yet to invest twice or three times the amount on a full spec Cintiq pro display tablet now Keep in mind if you’re just starting out and you don’t want to invest in a display tablet You can always get a drawing tablet without a screen I would recommend something like a Wacom Intuos which is I think around $70 but if you’re looking for a display tablet and you’re on the budget I think the Cintiq 16 is a really good option the screen size is fifteen point six inches full HD resolution with an Anti-glare screen it connects to your computer with a three-in-one cable So it’s not very messy If you want to move to tablet around the pen doesn’t need batteries it draws power from the screen itself It comes with tilt support It feels very natural to hold in your hand because Wacom pens are designed ergonomically for long-term Use which is something I can’t say for a lot of the other competitors to read the full specs of the product check the link In the description if you’re looking for a display tablet, you’re definitely gonna want to check this out. Thank you for watching this I’ll see you again very soon SUBSCRIBE TO PEWDIEPIE

100 thoughts on “How I Became An Animator

  1. If you wanna read more on the Wacom Cintiq 16:

    PS: A lot of stuff in this video is quite personal but I think by sharing it a lot of people will find useful lessons in there. Appreciate ya! <3

  2. I need subscribers too, please subscribe to my channel guys … support me to being the best animator in the world…🙏my dreams are valid

  3. great video .
    and also a small advice from me to everybody who whant to be an artist
    it is too pricey AND YOU can MAKE A GREAT ART with a lot cheaper tablet .

  4. I was watching your clips for quite some time and I noticed the name. I said to myself, this sounds so romanian, but then I moved on.
    This is the first time I am watching this video and I was right.

    Mult succes in continuare!

  5. Hey I don't know if anyone has asked but what kinds color blind are you? Like are you red-green or some of the other ones (I don't remember to here names*

  6. Him: "You don't study art. You learn how to make art by creating art"

  7. The musicians' community understands you completely. I'm going to college because my mom won't help me out with my bills if I don't and I don't make enough money in my part time job to pay for everything, but boy does it feel like a waste of time after I completed 9 years of music conservatory… I can now learn independently but noooo. Gotta get that diploma 🙄

  8. I just wanna win an animation competition for my school
    I never learn about animation before because i think that will be long time learning.
    And i'm not good at drawing frame per frame
    Any suggestions?

  9. Puteam sa jur că ești român!!!! Ai respectul meu!
    Și eu sunt un desenator de asemenea ,începător ,dar toți avem un început . Keep up the good work.

  10. So when you said that you said you would do the big drawing for the person even though you know you can't even do it. What happened?

  11. Man …I want this Wacom for Christmas 🥺😩😭 cans 600 people invest a $1 in me….I’m broke 😞,but talent wise….I’m RICH.

  12. I honestly wanted to become an animator, but my parents said it was just a hobby and not a job. I’m a highschool student and almost about to graduate. I really need help, cause decisions for me are pretty hard. Drawings, sketching makes me feel at ease and indeed an escape from reality. So yeah that’s all thanks for the vid btw it totally helped.

  13. damn… watching this video is like watching my self in alternative life… a one where I made better choices in life

    didn't drop college and ended up wasting 4-5 years on information technology (web designing/ programming in general)
    almost 27 years old,,, unemployed but the worst part is, my family wants me yet again to go for master degree in I.T (it just 2 more years)

    fuck all that!
    gonna work to become an animator/manga artist/game developer (seems a lot but not really)
    my greatest regret in life is going to college.
    don't be a yes man like me.

  14. I love two things gaming and making animation

    I don't know how to animate trying to be good in that😑
    Pro in gaming🤗

  15. Omg thank god your video of ksi vs logan was on the recomended section on my screen. i just LOVE your style and animation! i always wanted to make gifs or small animations and i think you just gave me the inspiration i needed. thank you thank you! Subscribed!

  16. Iam inspired by your story .it gaves me an enthusiasm to work hard and hope for the best in animation.🔥🔥🔥.

  17. Also an animator here, I've been working on a studio for 6 years, my problem working there and the problem with a lot of animators, are being overworked and underpaid, its kinda sad cause I see all these animators that are really passionate and love what they do, but like me I felt that it took sooooo much of my time by those deadlines that need to overnight and overtime, and even got me sick a lot of times, thats why I go back to graphic design, (which wad my work before being an animator) but your story inspired me to keep on doing animations, and also been thinking posting it on YouTube, and also I do hope that the animation industry will be more fair on Animators someday.

  18. I like to right a story or a book and draw the characters in it, its like I live in my mind and I wrote what I feel and I draw it all.

  19. Hey folks!
    I used to make animations and cinematics of various historical events. I became quite succesfull, and i got the attention of various youtubers who wanted to collab, until i stopped and started focusing more on education, i recently realised that i can earn money with my old hobby, but i have one problem, and obviously it is related to money. I cannot afford a new laptop nor can i afford the costs of the programs. My plan is buy an Msi laptop to download these powerfull programs and to download the games from which i make the animations from, and eventually i'll become the skilled animator i once was, this will be my source of income.

    I appreciate every support!

  20. You said in one of your video that you was a introvert but devil child in school but in this video you are saying you was bullied in school. HMMMMM!! (eyebrows rising)

  21. I bought a Wacom last year and used it for maybe 15 minutes. It's still in my house. For every like I'll spend one minute learning how to use it.

  22. i am 15 year old boy from iran .im bad at english . im good at premiere pro ,not bad at photoshop , and try to learn after effect .who is like me ? i want to Contact with that person

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