Updated: Sep 30, 2019
Hi! If you found this blog through my Instagram, @raineydaydoodles, than I greatly appreciate you checking it out! And if you found this on your own, I’m Hayden Brooker, a self taught artist and future Graphic Design student. I started drawing around 2014, and haven’t stopped since. I always had an interest in art and animated films, but I never thought of myself as being an artist. Even when I began to draw, I felt that no one could be interested in what I was making. So I didn’t actually create my Instagram Profile until 2018.. Now, only a year later, I have gained 300 followers. It may not seem like much, but to someone who doubted their art so much, it means a lot. I know that without all of you, I would never be confident enough to start a whole blog. But here we are!
My goal for this blog is to be able to talk about how art became a part of my life in a way that Instagram doesn’t really allow. That’s why my main blog series on this site, “Shaping Animation”, will discuss how the Walt Disney Company has shaped not only the Animation Industry, but myself as an artist. It is an understatement to say Disney Movies inspired me to learn to draw. In fact, before I even recognized how interested I was in art, I would spend hours watching Behind the Scenes clips from my Disney DVDs.
I can still remember the first one I ever saw; the Finding Nemo movie commentary tucked away on the 2nd DVD along with all the games made for the film. Finding Nemo was never my personal favorite, so I only had the DVD in to play the games, but when I saw it, I wanted to know what the “Commentary Version” of the film was. I watched it all the way through, enthralled, listening to the words of three men I now know as Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich, and Bob Peterson. My love and interest in animated films, and artwork itself, began with that commentary film, and it would lead me to start watching as many behind the scenes clips as I could find on my DVDs.
This interest extended even further when I went to Walt Disney World and fell in love with the Animation Academy, an attraction where Animators would directly teach guests how to draw a Disney character, which has sadly been replaced now. It was all I wanted to do if I was in Hollywood Studios, and I remember times when I would leave one class just to sit down and start waiting for the next. This is really where I realized that I did love to draw, but I wouldn’t consider myself good enough to start really practicing for another few years. Still, it was these experiences with Disney’s Animation that lead me to art.
It’s crazy to think now that if I hadn’t stumbled across that commentary, there is a chance it would have taken me even longer to develop an interest in art, or that I maybe never would at all. It is such a huge part of myself, and it’s the career I wish to pursue. I owe the Walt Disney Company for my love of art. That’s why I want to begin this blog, and the series “Shaping Animation”, to discuss what made me the artist I am today. In this series, I’m going to discuss how various Walt Disney films changed the Animation Industry, the Art Community, and me as a person. I will research every aspect of the film’s animation, including the animators, the tools used, the art style, etc.
I also hope to use this blog to discuss my own artwork, especially next year as I begin studying Graphic Design. I plan to post tutorials, reviews, and possibly even process videos of my artwork. Soon, I hope to open my own Etsy store where I will have Commissions, pieces of my art, stickers, and more. And eventually, when I finally purchase an Ipad and i’m brave enough to write it, I’ll begin developing a Graphic Novel, which has been a dream of mine ever since I started drawing.
I hope that you will enjoy my posts and my artwork, and that this blog might help someone in their own artistic journey. If you want to be notified when I post, subscribe down below to become a member! And if you want to see more of my artwork, follow me on Instagram by clicking the icon below or by searching for my account, @raineydaydoodles. My next 3 posts are already live, so if you’re interested in reading more from me, click through to my blog!
Are you interested in a Commission from me, or would like to contact me about my artwork or blog? You can reach me by sending an email to Raineydaydoodles@gmail.com, or by Direct Messaging me through Instagram.