Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Animation Talent!

Life is weird.  
Right when I feel I've finally reached a new level in the journey towards a more remarkable life,
BAM!  The rug gets pulled out from under me.
Which is why, after the wonderful revelations I wrote about last week, I felt knocked off the rollercoaster.
But such is life.  
I was wondering what my next post would be about.  Should I write everyday and talk about it all, even the pain?  
I struggle with that.  Should I be really honest and write about the whole journey?  Or would it sound like whining?  Actually, I love to read blogs in which authors are honest about their struggles.  It gives me insight into the fact that I am not the only one who is human.  Their lessons learned often give me insight that helps me along the way.
But raw exposure is so scary.  I love it in others, but to do it yourself?  But it is something I have always wanted to do, so I guess I should.  
But that is not what got me back here to this page.  Even though it is good to honor yourself, there is nothing like thinking about someone else to get your mind off your own problems.  And that is why I am here.
This past May, my daughter graduated from Cal State Long Beach (yay!)  Getting her to make that commitment is a story in itself! (sorry, baby! :)  Last year, when she was a Residential Advisor (that's "Dorm Mom") her RA partner was a young man named Erik Caines, who was set to graduate the same time as my daughter.  One day she told me he was an art major.
Ohhh!  An art major!  What I always wanted to be!
Anyway, one day I saw his work and it was amazing.  His speciality is animation illustration. Oh, to have such talent at such a young age! (sigh).Even though I barely knew him, I was so proud of him.  There are so many of us who would have loved to have majored in art, but we copped out because we thought, how would we really make it?  Too risky.
But he took the risk.  I admire him for that.  
Today my daughter told me that he started up his own blog, showing his work and talking about the process.  I checked it out and I am telling you, his work is outrageous.  
So I am here to spread the word to everyone to check out his blog and if there is anyone out there that is connected in any way to animation, I know you would be thrilled to check out his work at drawnbyerik.  If you work at an animation studio, snatch him up before someone else does!  
That's Erik Caines.
A wonderful young man and a great talent.
Go check him out right now!
Carol B.


Dawnie said...

His work is amazing, your right! I hope he finds what he needs to continue to express and work his talents and earn a living from it!

I know exactly what you mean about wanting to write sometimes from the depths of our soul. Its always refreshing to read someone elses deepest thoughts, I rarely take it as whining,,,I'm amazed that some people take the chance to do it. Yet, I'm afraid myself to do it. I havent written anything on my blog yet that involves anything personal and deep. Not sure if I will. Maybe once you build up a following of regular readers it becomes easier to let go.

Erik Caines said...

Carol. Thank you so much for your kind words. It truly made my day. You definitely nailed it when you spoke of the challenges of getting out there. Starting my blog has been a total blessing in my life. I find it a great tool in keeping accountable to my goals when my motivation needs a recharge. I hope you stay tuned in, I aspire to update multiple times a month. Again, Thanks.

Blaiz said...

I felt the same hesitation as you did about sharing anything personal when I started my blog. But then I had really bad back pain and knew I wouldn't be posting any art for a while, and I was concerned that I'd lose the readers that I already had. So I shared, and continue to share some personal bits, and I've found that I have even more readers than I did before. As long as you don't cross the line into being a constant "victim," and you don't just whine and complain, it'll be fine.

Catherine Holman said...

Wow! He's fantastic!