Eat That Frog
is a personal project designed to demonstrate my love for children's stories and animation. It also refers to the book by Brian Tracy, whose concept is about tackling hard/difficult things first ("eating the frog" before moving on to easier aspects of a job).
About a year ago I left a full-time position at Disney+. While I loved the wonderful team there, I wanted a chance to develop my own identity as a motion designer and find like-minded clients, so I went back to freelancing.
While my first year of freelancing was successful, I also found it difficult to find the time to finish personal projects. For me, it has always been easy to start a personal project, but finishing it can be much more challenging. Life gets in the way, doubts start popping up, etc... While I always deliver on my professional work, personal projects are different. I have to constantly remind myself that projects like these are the reason I became a CG artist. I want to tell stories, and I want to create my own magic, express myself, and make things my kids will be proud of someday.
So I named this animation "Eat That Frog" to honor the book that often helps me to push through hurdles to get the most important/difficult things done. While this project is by no means perfect, I'm proud of finishing and I can now happily move on to the next one.
I hope you enjoy it! Let me know what you think. Thank you!
Also, I still have availability in January and February so feel free to contact me if you have a project you would like my help with. I would love to work with you.
This project was made using Cinema 4d, Zbrush, Substance Painter, Redshift, and After Effects.
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