Well, I finally did it. I completed the BFA Illustration program at San Jose State. I’m so happy to finally be done with school.
Reflecting back on my time in college, I often beat myself up inside for spending so much time on the computer working on PaperDemon.com rather than on my art homework. Had I been more dedicated to art, I think I could have become one of the top artists in the class. But my heart was elsewhere, with web development and design. But now I think it was actually a good thing I spent so much time on PaperDemon. Had I not been spending my time there, I would not have gotten the experience and skills necessary to work at Google.
A couple years ago I had a feeling I might go in the web dev direction but I kept telling myself that if I did go that route it would be like I was selling out. Like I gave up art and took the easier route. I know pursuing the illustration direction would have been much harder for me but I no longer feel like I gave up. I feel more like my animation projects are something I can work on in my spare time, rather than doing it as a career. But who knows where I’ll end up in the future.
So what am I going to do to celebrate my graduation? I’m going to Disneyland!
One thing that’s been a bit depressing lately is the traffic flow to PaperDemon. At about this time last year, PD was receiving roughly 30,000 unique hits a month. Now it’s HALF that! A few friends suggested the decline in traffic was due to the fact that no new episodes have been released for Zarbon’s Masterpiece Theater lately. So with that in mind, I’ve decided that I’ll get the next episode done by the end of next week.
Since my last blog post, I have released the new site design for PaperDemon.com. It has been well received. I think I probably put more time into this site design than into previous designs for PD. Another big change was that I changed the format from a fixed width of 770 pixels to a liquid/adjustable layout. This makes browsing much more enjoyable for those with wider monitors, while still being usable for those with 800×600 resolution monitors.
Now that I’m done with school, I can focus more on my personal projects. I’ll probably flip back and forth between animation projects and PD.