Sep 5th, 2012
Fall means back to school, buckling down and studying up. We asked some of our favorite creative people about what they’ve learned as students, and what they could teach us now.
U: How did what you studied in school affect where you ended up today and what you’re doing now?
JP: I studied a BA in animation and illustration at Kingston and an MA in animation at the Royal College of Art. As an animation director these courses were pretty vital in shaping how my work progressed. The combination of illustration and animation in the course helped me combine the two - seeing illustrations as a starting off point for a short film, and look at animation compositionally, as animated illustrations. My teachers were a huge help in developing my story telling skills and the other students you surround yourself with are a great source of inspiration.
U: What do you wish you’d learned in school that you found out later? Was it something that could even be taught?
JP: Not to make work you think your teachers want to see, or what you think is trendy, but just whatever feels right to you, something unique to you.
U: What’s in your toolbox? What are the items you need in your workspace to get things done?
JP: I work mainly with pencil on paper and then color and clean up on Photoshop with a wacom tablet. For an animation a light box and a peg bar are pretty vital. Also a cup of tea and the radio.
U: What’s in your pocket? Do you have anything that’s always with you so you can sketch/take photos/make notes anytime?
JP: I like to write down lines from books I’m reading that I’m particularly drawn to, so I often have a very tiny notebook with me for that. I used to always carry a sketchbook with me - just in case…but as I got older I realized I felt much more comfortable drawing alone in my studio and bringing something out with you that meant I could always potentially be drawing put an added pressure on me that I didn't like. Also it was heavy and I'm lazy.
U: Who was your most memorable teacher… of all time, not just in a classroom. What did they teach you?
JP: It's the old cliché but my mom and dad are my best teachers. Even when they give me advice I think is rubbish I'll realize later they were spot on. Don't tell them I said that though.
U: If you taught a class that you could base on some expertise or obsession you have, what would it be?
JP: Can I teach a class on Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
Julia Pott is a British animator and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. Following a BA in Animation and Illustration at Kingston University, Julia completed an MA in Animation at the Royal College of Art, where she completed ‘Howard’ and her award winning film ‘Belly’ which was officially selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2012 and over 60 other festivals worldwide. She was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2012. Her clients include Bat for Lashes, Channel Four, The Decembersists, Etsy, J.Crew, MTV, and Toyota. She is represented globally by Hornet Inc.