An Insomniac Games graphic arts intern, who worked on Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, lost her leg in a hit-and-run accident and is facing a long recovery and financial uncertainty with medical bills and college loans. Insomniac has donated $5,000 to Ana Kessel; a fund raiser for her has been established here.
I know I don’t normally post things like this here, but this is an absolute tragedy. This is one of my former students from when I taught at Full Sail University. She is currently hospitalized and has had to have her leg amputated.
Not only does she have all of her student loans to pay off, but she is now facing medical bills upwards of $150k. They caught the guy who did it, but he was unlicensed/uninsured.
I can’t imagine the mental anguish she is going through right now, at the young age of 20 too. We can’t fix the situation, but we can at least do what we can to help a fellow artist in need.
Please donate to Ana if you can. Every dollar helps. Please spread the word.
“One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do not respect the law of dormancy in nature. Trees don’t produce fruit all year long, constantly. They have a point where they go dormant. And when you are in a dormant period creatively, if you can arrange your life to do the technical tasks that don’t take creativity, you are essentially preparing for the spring when it will all blossom again.”—Marshall Vandruff, one of the best teachers I have ever had, on artist’s block. Said during a webinar done on Visualarium to advertise his upcoming online course on animal anatomy (source links to webinar) (via pale-afternoon)
is a word I learned from my dad when I was young and had just finished reading Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time.
I told him I had been absolutely transported by the story and now felt abandoned by it, that it seemed wholly unfair. The feeling I could most closely compare it to was the nauseating stillness left when the engine of a car shuts off, which I’m not certain is entirely relatable.
Because I was a difficult child I’d been ferried often to and from offices of people who claimed some knowledge of how to deal with children like me.