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So lame, I would of loved to enter in this contest: www.threadless.com/thelionking/

"However" I took a look into the site's terms and for this: 
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So lame. 

Hey creative people!

I don't know if any of you have been reading the following articles such as
www.cartoonbrew.com/business/b…
or this
www.cartoonbrew.com/business/b…
or follow pro artists who give the best advice for us start ups
www.facebook.com/stephensilver

Before I vent let me give you a little background about me. I LOVE traditional animation. I love drawing. I didn't go to art school for 3 year to learn how to use a computer program. I learned how to do animation the traditional way by drawing with arm, pencil, and, paper. I was very, VERY aware that 2D animation is not in high demand and I didn't care. I wanted to learn the art form I loved seeing as a child.

I not going to lie and say that working at Walt Disney Animation wasn't the biggest dream of mine but seeing everything that going on at the big studios, is it worth it? I will never say that I will never work for a big studio. I know not to burn bridges and to always keep an open mind. But I got to say that these big studios are looking less and less attractive to me.

The past year I've worked on my first television pitch that is still in the works but I got to say it has been one of the biggest confident boosters I have ever had. It has inspired me to work more and more as an independent artist and to create my own material. 2D animation is still my first love but quick little animations for a demo reel isn't going to get me a job that at the moment looks like is being down-sized and out-sourced. Animation or not I love drawing characters and I love telling stories.

I have yet to be the pro who has worked at a major studio but still have been a professional freelance artist for six years now. My advice to people looking to get into art, if you're very serious about it as I am, value what you create and don't be afraid to create you own material. You are worth it! I have learn this through my experience and listen to Stephen Silver (if you are reading this thank you!). Bigger wake up call is that you won't be making money when you start out as new artist (unless you're incredibly lucky). I'm not, I just cover bills and living expenses, that's it. Am I happy with that? YES! Why?Because part of me week I get to do what I love to do and that's create. Any regrets? NOPE!

I guess my message here is this. I will not be taken advantage of whether I become a well known artist or not. And to the big studios out there, again I will never say I will never work for you, but you got to start looking more attractive for us artist to want to work for you. You never know who the next Disney, Lasseter, or Miyazaki will be. We might just go and do our own next biggest creative thing without you.

I will still be freelancing, creating my own work, and animating with pencil and paper.

Best wishes to everyone!
Olivia K. DeGaine
I felt this is an important video to post because a few years ago as when I was starting out there were some jobs that I would consider doing for free. Now it's not the case. Now I have more confidence to promote my own work and my own creative ideas. Plus I have bills to pay I have more responsibilities that I must meet. If the time line fits the budget then I'll work with you. I will not work for free unless it's something I'm very passionate about or my own art. Please watch this video and spread the word. We must treat ourselves as artist better. We are worth it!!!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWXYoD…
I've been thinking of ideas for me to expand my creativity and more importantly trying to sell my work. My Husband's now working on a graphic novel that got it's funding on kickstarter.com and is already thinking about trying his luck at getting more projects funded that way. I was thinking of doing a short film since I'm a traditional animator, it's what I love to do, and it's how I think. Unfortunately being a no name artist there's no way I could get the funding needed to do an animation with the time costuming drawing on paper and scanning plus living on a LA budget. A Cintiq will cut so much production time down but are terribly expensive and is out of the question for me to get at this time.

So I can't make my own films as of yet because of costs however I can't let these ideas keep sitting on the shelf for years. So why not use what I've learned at school and do a graphic novel? I have a story that I was originally going to do in-between my first and second year of school but then, thinking like an animator, decide to eventually rewrite it as a feature film. I am in no way in a position to work on my own animated feature films, period.

Instead of letting these feature film ideas sit around I'm going to make them into graphic novels, graphic novellas, and or short comic series depending on the story. Trying to get funding for an independent comic would be way easier to do then for a tradition animation. It's still won't be that easy though. I have a lot of work to do, research, samples to draw, and a lot of ideas for incentives. Whether I get the funding through kickstarter or not I have to get my ideas and my art organized and out there. I can't just keep them on my computer as a list to do later. I have to make time and take the risk. I have to move myself forward as an artist. If anyone has any suggesting I would love to hear them. I will share my progress with you all and let you know how things are going. Best thing about being in a community with other artist is that we can lean from each other.

Thank you all and keep drawing and even write too!
Olivia DeGaine
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper mixed with Sprite (try it!)
Sad new today. The television pitch I've been working on for about a year now has "temporarily lost funding" So it's time to put my networking hat on and look for more work. If anyone is looking for an artist out there either for cartoon, animation, character design, or just someone or creatively butt-heads with. I'm available!

Thanks in advance!
Olivia DeGaine
I just submitted 20 new art pieces to DA. Right before that I went through all of the other art that has been post already and change the sizes, descriptions, and title around too. Although changing the size screws up the preview so hopefully that's a DA glitch that gets corrected in a day or two.

So you're all probably wouldn't why 20 piece and why now? Well I've had a crazy year. Other then now being happily married I've been Vice President Animation at Big H Entertainment for 10 mouths now. I would love to show what it is I have been working but nothing has been release yet. All I can say is that I've done a 3 minute video and current working on an animation bible pitch. I've actually done most of the writing for that pitch too.

The 20 pieces of art I posted are personal projects I've been working on for the past year. I think it look better then my older work and not updating a site is not a good thing. I just happen to have a four day weekend to finally work on my own stuff.

Well I'm off to reorganize my portfolio folder here on DA. With any luck I'll post more work soon and not a year later. It's not like I'm looking for a major job or planning for a wedding anymore. :)

Keep drawing!
Olivia K. DeGaine
I got Married!!! YAY!!!! to Zane DeGaine and I couldn't be happier! That's all for now!

Keep drawing!
Olivia DeGaine
formally know as Olivia Scheibe ;)
Hello Deviants!

Been very busy on a project up in NoHo. Even though I've been busy I still have some time to catch up with some of my creative friends on the east coast. One now is actually living here in LA and has been helping me out on this project. With everything that's been happening I'm realizing that best people to work with are your friends. So I need to start making friends. I've been living out here in LA for almost a year now and I need to hit the ground running. Anyone living in LA want to have lunch sometime? Talk about creative projects, ideas. My Fiancé, Zane DeGaine a narrative artist, I sure would like to meet up too. I just want to meet more creative people. It's one of the most positive things in my life so far. I'm hoping it could you out too. Feel free to shot me a email and keep drawing!

Best wishes,
Olivia Scheibe
  • Listening to: the sound of the office
Hey all!

I just got a full time art job up in North Hollywood doing some concept work as well as animation. If I can post some of it on DA I will. Till then keep drawing!

-Olivia Scheibe
  • Watching: My puppy play on the bed.
The comic Zane DeGaine has been working on "Plan 9" part of Mondo Atomic and it's finally for sale. Go out it buy it already!!!... Please.. Here's the link!

www.wowio.com/users/product.as…


Thanks everyone! I'm also in-between work projects and slowly finishing one of my personal projects up, while working full time at my day job. I'll try to summit something soon.

Keep Drawing,
Olivia Scheibe
  • Drinking: Coffee
Been busy the past few months looking for work and working on my own projects. Before I could finish any of my own projects I started getting busy with work. So now my projects have taken a back sit and the other work isn't complete yet for post up on DA yet. So I haven't stopped drawing. I just haven't had a chance to complete anything. Maybe I'll have some time today to post some character sketches. Unless work calls because hey I got to pay the bills! Happy drawing everyone!

Olivia Scheibe
  • Drinking: water
Hey Everyone!

Check out this game I worked on for LeafGuard. www.leafguard.com/games.php It's so addicting!

-Olivia Scheibe
  • Drinking: coffee
Good Morning Deviants,

I've added a demo reel to my DA. fav.me/d3cvukq
An HD version of it is on my youtube page. www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV7_m3…

Give me your thoughts please!

Best wishes,
Olivia Scheibe
  • Drinking: coffee
Good Evening Deviants!

I'm updating some of my pieces with software/ technique info, mainly my portfolio, and animation sections. I've done that on my youtube page as well. I'm going to go through all my art and update the info on it soon. Gotta update the good old DA and youtube till I get my site going. Thanks again for all the faves and comments!

-Olivia Scheibe
  • Listening to: Kung Fu Panda soundtrack
  • Drinking: water with lemon
Hey Everyone!

I think I'll finally start using the journal as a blog or something till I eventually get a website going. Any who, since I started living in California I keep noticing storyboard jobs on craigslist. Jobs I know I do but don't have proper portfolio to prove it. My storyboards from school, although they show great storytelling, did not have the best artwork. But hey, that's what's school is all about and as a younger artist in class my art was really changing. So now when I get some time on the side I'll be redoing my boards plus working on existing characters. That's another thing missing in my portfolio... existing characters. I'll be killing two bird with one stone! In the mean time I'm back to work on the Leafguard Squirrel as well as working on two short films. Keepin' busy is a good thing!

-Olivia Scheibe
  • Listening to: whatever's outside my window
  • Drinking: Green Machine!
Hello All!

My little animation test of Donald Duck ended up in the news article on DA. news.deviantart.com/article/14…
Goes to show, you never know who's looking at those animation exercises you do.

Thanks again for all the Favs and comments!

-Olivia Scheibe
Hey Deviants!

I'm going to selling some of my art work at the starving artist holiday sale this Saturday! Most of the art I'm selling are original sketches I have up here on DA. It's at the 2nd Street Sculpture Garden in Pomona, Ca from 2pm to 10pm. Here's a pic of what I'm selling. www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…

Thanks again for all the faves and watches!

-Olivia Scheibe
Hello Deviants!

I've been neglecting my DA account for a while now and that's going to change starting now! I'll be uploading more work and animations asap. I've been noticing that this account has been the most work for me out of all my other online accounts. SO! I will say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all the comments and favs (past and present) in advanced because I don't think I'll have time to respond back to all of them. As always, you are still free to ask me questions (I'm always willing to help out a fellow animator/artist)  and I apologies in advance again if I don't get to answering them right away. I've recently moved to Southern California and hopefully with a lot of work I'll be living every artist's dream. Thanks everyone and keep drawing... do it now!!!

-Olivia Scheibe
  • Drinking: Coffee
My boyfriend Zane DeGaine posted this in his journal. His is an amazing artist and person and you show vote for his comic please! He needs and deserves the work!! Thank you!!! -Olivia Scheibe

My comic strip or "web" comic, "Bernie's BOT," written by Mike Farah and illustrated by moi, is now online at Zuda Comics. I've had a lot of fun working on it so far. Please take some time to read it and vote for it. If you haven't registered for an account at zudacomics.com, you will need to in order to vote - its free, I promise. If we win we will receive a 52 week publishing contract with Zuda Comics (DC Comics' web comic imprint). That's one page or "screen" from the story a week. It'll keep me employed for at least a year! Here's what I ask of you:

- Register at zudacomics.com (if you haven't already).
- Read "Bernie's BOT" by Mike Farah and myself. [link]
- Vote for "Bernie's BOT"
- Rate it (5 stars would be awesome)
- Add it to your favorites.
- Leave a comment about the comic. All of this helps with the scoring.
- And lastly, please pass this info along to anyone who may be interested. Lets rally some votes!

Thanks!


-Z
Hello Everyone!

It has been a little over a year now since I got a DA account and I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner. I've been using this account for all of my art work whether its been a portfolio piece or just a sketch I did on the side for myself. I've been meaning to get a website going just for a portfolio but haven't had the time to learn dreamweaver to create a site. So why not just create a folder here on DA, put portfolio pieces in it, and give that link to potential clients. I really wish I thought of that sooner. So right now I've have 15 pieces in my portfolio folder and will change at I do more work. I really want everyone's opinion on what I have in there. My main focus is key character animation but I have some cartoon illustrations as well. Let me know what you all think should or shouldn't be in my portfolio folder. Critique my portfolio! Anything anyone says will really help me out. I still can't believe I didn't do this sooner. This is such a great idea! I think everyone should have a portfolio folder.

-Olivia Scheibe