Aspirations for a Creative Working Space

Long time no see,

How gave you all been? I”ve been good. Busy working my job at Gammage, but I love it there, so it’s not really that big of a deal. It is driving me a little insane having to listen to the same music over and over again for the past three weeks, but it’s good music, so it’s a happy downward spiral into insanity. Yay!

Anyway, so I was in my class the other day and my teacher was talking about how we really gotta be visualizing what it is we want for our artist careers, specifically our creative spaces that we hope to be working in. I liked the idea of thinking about what my future work space would look like if I got my dream job of being the Queen of Cartoons, so I figured I’d put it in a post. That way you can all hold witness to the milestones in my life if I achieve these goals, and because I just like you that much.

So, here we go:

Let’s assume that I don’t get to work in a studio with a bunch of other cartoonists. Once we’ve achieved that state of mind we can go on and picture that my future husband and I have a house (or apartment) that has a room that he and I can afford to set aside some space for me to do my work. If I can fit everything I need in my 8X5 foot corner of my dorm room today, then I don’t really seeing that being too improbable. So since I’m going to be a grown up let’s give me a little more space… let’s say 10X10 feet. I think that seems logical.

Now let’s scope out the big furniture, shall we? I’m thinking that my drafting board is about 4X3 feet. I will need a scanning station, which is really just my tiny little printer. That takes up practically nothing and if we put it on top of a storage unit that’s next to a computer desk for myself then we can chunk that all up to about 4X2 feet. Both those items can fit into their own little corners. Then we have the rest of the space for supply storage and play space (like if we get a dog or a kitty or something). Of course, that is all if I am unable to get some sort of awesome animation scanner (one that will take in a whole cel with all the trimmings). Please hold while I find some examples on the internet.

(15min later)

Okay I’m going to have to get back to you on that one. I think I’ll write a letter to Snee-Oosh or something. I’m not sure. I know that the animation for Hey Arnold! or Animaniacs and stuff like that were traditional animation methods (granted they had 2 exposures/frame to cut costs) so someone has to have an answer for me…and if you do, you should totally tell me what it is. Please and thank you. For now we’ll just leave that equipment out of the mixture.

I won’t really need much, just a lot of bristol and ink…..and extra pens and stuff. Storage is easy enough. I already have some of that stuff.

Yup, you betcha.

I don’t got much else to say. A lot of this has to do with being in a community and having a place to help teach people about art. So I shall be a small time artist by day and a cartooner by night. I will be magnificent. And it’ll be great having a home. That’s my priority. I’ve kind of been drifting here and there since my freshmen year. It’ll be nice to settle down. Doctor Lunchbox and I have dreams of working with a company, or starting one. But that is another story entirely. We are working on it. Because we are awesome.

Gotta go. I want to be on time for once.

Smiles and sunshine,


PS I actually called Snee-Oosh with no answer. I’m going to write them a letter. I’ll let you know how that goes.


Gooooooooooooooooals That I Have

Welcome back!!!!

I’m so glad you’re here! I’ve got just a little bit more to go through, so this shouldn’t be too long.

Work, work, work….you ever think of work as though it was a game of Duck Hunt? I never have, but I thought it would be a funny way to talk about goals.

You see, I’ve heard from a very reliable source that making goals is a great way to form a future…I hope that doesn’t sound condescending. Because when you think about it, when was the last time you actually sat down and wrote your goals…I know I’ve only done it when a teacher has instructed me to do so. I’m not sure why I haven’t done it otherwise because I always feel so empowered afterwards. So, I now take on the task of writing prescribed goal types for the sake of a grade and, of course, a future.

Goal type NUMBA ONE: Five Short Term Goals

  1. Get syndicated!
  2. Publish my already drawn, 24 page comic.
  3. Have at least two children’s books illustrated.
  4. Meet/get in contact with at least 5 people who talk cartoon business.
  5. Animate a character for 30 seconds
There’s some short term goals. Whaddya think? Pretty snazzy, wouldn’t you say? I think all of them are pretty achievable…I’m a little skeptical about that last one…I once did a thirteen second animation in two nights and it was pretty bad. So I could pull it off, I’m sure. I just need to figure out what it’s for. Maybe my senior exhibition…but I would have to figure some artistic means of presenting it. I have ideas *warm smile*
Here goes some more goals, but we’re going to change it up! My teach was talking about these and it got me to thinking…I’m not really sure I have any of these, excluding regular “life” goals, except to continue what I’m working towards now. However, I realize that there could be a lot of good in trying to cook up some. So, let’s give it a shot, shall we!
Goal type NUMBA TWO: Five Long Term Goals (in no particular order)
  1.  Write an article including an interview with John Williams (or any old by-hand animator…he’s just my loftiest aspiration).
  2. Curate a show that highlights George Herriman’s career (again, a little lofty…better leave wiggle room and make it any artist. Doug TenNapel may be a great one, as well. I really love him.).
  3. Teach some form of free cartooning class at a Rec Center.
  4. Find a studio to publish my comic books
  5. Make said comic books (pfft, duh)

There you have it folks. Some long term goals. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself…and apparently I do because it made it to my blog. To end this post I want to leave you with a clip from one of my favorite movies, for several reasons. It’s an uplifting animation about a cat who just can’t be brought down, Cats Don’t Dance.

Gratefully yours,

Sicily Marino

Post Script: Other reasons to loooove this film:

  • Randy Newman was a part of the creative process behind the music…WHICH IS AMAZING (the music that is)!!!!!
  • The animation is solid gold.
  • THE DANCING WAS CHOREOGRAPHER BY GENE KELLY, for whom the film is dedicated to.
  • It will knock your socks off.

Also, Danny the Cat dresses like Buster Keaton!

That's Keaton's "character" outfit in a lot of his films