I find it interesting how people view artists. Most people view artists as being free-thinking and sort of wacky. In my opinion, the best artists are the BEST problem solvers.
This goes for everything, whether it’s trouble-shooting your computer, to coming up with a kick-ass title card, to creating an illustration for a composite. Whether problem-solving works for other aspects of your life, I have no idea, but for me, I definitely think it does. Problem solving is not only essential to my work, but also in life.
Take for instance, my issue with my boss. He insists on having his desk face the window rather than the door…wow..very feng shui! I say Hi to the back of his head, I say goodbye to the back of his head and rarely does he ever turn around to answer a question. So, as an excellent problem solver, I came up with the perfect solution! :)
So just realize that for those of you that are not artists, if you’re problem solving, then you’re thinking like one!
S4 Studios 2pointOh
I had an intern once that really wanted to learn how to draw in perspective. I said, “See that office window there? Go inside the office and trace the animators bullpen with a grease pencil.”. This is a tried and true technique to teach your brain how convergence and foreshortening magically happens in front of your very eyes. This picture captures that moment. What’s missing? Oh..duh…an entire studio.
Anyway, this isn’t a story about that moment, this is a story about how that moment captured what once was, but is now lost. A time when bustling animators and screaming producers filled the air on a daily basis. Phones rang off the hook and I didn’t get much sleep those days. We made great money…it was a good time. It was a fuckin ride! I call it, S4 Studios 1.0.
Uh Oh, what’s that?? The economy is crashing? Uh Oh, what’s that?? My biggest clients are pulling their work? Goodbye “good times” and hello 2.0. Oh and what the fuck?…blogging?
This is a blog about how my company has turned the corner, moved to a new killer location, evolved and embraced new technology, online marketing and creative ideas that lead us through our day to day. This is a blog about our new studio, S4 Studios 2.0, but from within. The days of suit and tie S4 are gone and it’s a new perspective that guides our soul. This will be a place to post our thoughts, your thoughts and an insight into the creative projects and crazy days as we document our journey through the eyes of the many creative people that have blessed this company.