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“The Chuck Jones School of Creativity” by Jen Myers

Chuck Redux stumbled upon the blog of Jen Myers, a professional designer/writer/speaker/teacher, and a post she wrote recently titled "The Chuck Jones School of Creativity". In her post, Ms. Myers writes about how she came to understand and nurture her own creativity as she read Chuck's autobiography, "Chuck Amuck." Her perspective is one well-worth sharing and so we've posted a bit of it with a link at the end to the rest of her story on her own website. Enjoy!

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When I was a teenager, after I had completed the mandatory girl career aspiration phase of marine biologist, I determined I wanted to grow up to be an animated cartoonist. It seemed to be the natural fruition of my interest in sketching, my attraction to the bright and frenetic and my affinity for philosophical anarchy. I studied the limited number of films I had access to, planned to go to art school and thought that, since Disney was likely out of my reach, I would shoot for a job at one of the smaller network studios.

I am not an animator now. I didn't even come close. I decided not to go to art school, with the help of stunningly nonsensical logic along the lines of "I'm not good enough" (isn't that what you go to school to fix?), and thus began an almost comical progression of educational and professional missteps, false starts, backtracks and strange, unforeseen successes. I managed to stumble into a job I love but which is very unlike the one I first anticipated.

At least, it is superficially. As a web and interface designer, I'm not drawing cartoons. But I am creating things, and creativity draws both inspiration and instruction from a variety of sources. There are still lessons I learned from cartoons that I apply to my life and work now – especially as it concerns the creator who me want to make them in the first place.

I have a theory that Chuck Jones is the most well-known and yet most overlooked creator of the twentieth century. Everyone knows what he made, but not many people know he made it. Which is a shame, because beyond his legacy as the artist/director who made some of Warner Brothers' most famous characters and short films during the 1930s-60s, he was also an astute observer of human character, a learned storyteller and one hell of a writer. Most notably, he knew how describe and explain his process of creation. This is very rare, and equally valuable to someone else learning the process. His two autobiographies/drawing manuals are treasure troves of stories, advice and guidance on how to be creative. Which, as I've discovered, you can be no matter what you do.

START ANYWHERE AND STICK WITH IT

… my first instructor at Chouinard Art Institute, like Nicolaides at the Art Students League, greeted his beginning classes with the following grim edict: "All of you here have one hundred thousand bad drawings in you. The sooner you get rid of them, the better it will be for everyone." ยน

More than ten years after I more or less gave up on being an artist, I started drawing again. It was, in a word, demoralizing. Whatever skill I once had has most certainly fled with disuse, and I'm essentially a beginner again. There's an impulse to repeat history and declare I'm simply "not good enough" as a precursor to quitting.

But I think often about this anecdote. It's not truly grim, even if you're just starting out. In fact, when you're just starting out, it's liberating. It takes away the pressure of being judged. It's okay if you create something bad. It's okay if you create many things bad. You need to get it all out.

And it leads you into the next lesson – you need to keep doing it, over and over again, until it is good.

To continue reading, click on The Chuck Jones School of Creativity, it will open in a new window.

 

 

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Launches New Website

We are delighted to announce that tomorrow, Saturday, March 24th, at 1 PM PDT, the new Chuck Jones Center for Creativity website will launch. This labor of love has had a multi-month gestation period and all of us here at the Center, along with the wonderfully talented and I might add, patient, website designer, Andrew 'Atlanta' Jones, are thrilled to be able to let our baby go out into the world tomorrow on its own.  

Of course, you'll discover that not every little nook and cranny has been filled with lucious, rich, exciting, amazing, delightful, and inspiring Chuck Jones content, but there's plenty to look at and explore and we promise that more is on the way. So, poke around tomorrow, enjoy the art and photographs, check out the Chuck Jones Filmography and drop us a note to let us know your thoughts on what we've done (and if you're so inclined, what we could do to improve it.) Click on the image below and start your journey or go to ChuckJonesCenter.org

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Don't forget that this year's spring fundraiser, the Red Dot Auction, will be held on Friday evening, May 11th from 6 to 9 PM at the Center's new location, 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California. RSVP@ChuckJonesCenter.org and reserve 5 free raffle tickets (available at the front desk when you sign in the night of the event.) It's possible that 'Atlanta' Jones will have a work of art in the Red Dot Auction, who'd want to miss the opportunity to own it? Make sure you RSVP today!

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The handsome and witty Andrew 'Atlanta' Jones, click on his image to read his blog.

Planet TNEZ to Open with Red Carpet Event!

Friend, donor, and volunteer of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Tommy Martinez, whose passion for nurturing and guiding creativity is one of the reasons why we think the world of him, is opening his Planet TNEZ on November 12th from 5 to 10 PM in downtown Anaheim (California) at 508 W. Chestnut Street.  There'll be music, art and boundless creativity–all of which warrants your participation.  

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"Planet TNEZ is a creative space for artists, or anyone really, who would like to come and be able to create as well as show their work.  I call it an "Artistic Experiment of Creative Thinking and Design". My graphic design background has inspired me to express myself in more traditional and at times, non-traditional, mediums and I want to share the happiness and joy that expression brings me with you."

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If you're in the area, set some time aside to visit Planet TNEZ on Saturday, November 12th from 5 to 10 PM…walk that red carpet!  If you can't make it, please visit his online presence at www.PlanetTNEZ.com and 'like' him on Facebook.