HERE'S WHAT I'VE LEARNT
SPRITE FRIGHT CO-DIRECTOR HJALTI HJALMARSSON SHARES HIS ADVICE FOR ASPIRING 3D ARTISTS
OVERCOME IMPOSTER SYNDROME
Everybody thinks that they are an imposter, like they’re not good enough. Everybody has this self-doubt, you just do your best and try to figure it out. There have been instances where I get hired on a project and then I sit down and think, what have I gotten myself into? Because it relies on a slightly higher skillset than I have, so I just have to strive further to get there.
I feel like a lot of people wait for permission to make things, maybe it’s something that comes out of the school system. If you are inspired to make something and you can just do it by yourself, whether it’s drawing a picture or modelling a character, if you’re really into it you don’t have to ask anyone permission. You should be inspired enough to do it and that should be its own reward.
THERE’S NO LIGHT
There’s this sense when you’re starting out that at some point you’ll become good enough. That there’s a particular skill level and I’ll get there, then it’s easy sailing. But the reality is that there is no light at the end of the tunnel, it’s all tunnels, there is nothing but tunnels. But that’s okay, it’s all a massive learning curve. I’ve been doing these things for years and every day I feel like I’m learning something new. I always feel like I’m scratching the surface. You shouldn’t feel intimidated by the fact that it’s only tunnels, that should inspire you.