This post isn't so much about the animation (feat. Blur), but how I came to see it. It was from a recommendation by a friend who lives about 3604km away. Nic is an author and she suggested looking at the artistic works of David Shrigley. Then there is my stockbroker friend Chris, who regularly sends me animations he finds on Vimeo. I look forward to these contacts, maintaining friendships.
Another part of the networking communication dance I observed at a recent summer school course, was the sharing of animation between animators. (It's also what Ian does with this blog, the ARC).
I think working in a studio environment, with actual other people in it, rather than remotely, is so very important for a healthy animator, due to the contact with other human beings. Even in these times of swine flu. I would say an important part of being an animator is being a social creature and being able to communicate, communaly occupy the same space and work with other people. It is an important skill set. So, if you've been cooped up all day, all week, all month, all your life on your own in the thrall of a screen and animation software, it is time go out to a cafe, or for a walk and meet up with a friend.
Ian, we have to catch up for lunch next week on Monday or Tuesday.