Well, its been a very busy couple years and I promised myself that I'd free up my weekends this year. The last few years I found myself pretty swamped with work, teaching, training and publishing some of my work. After working all day I'd leave my office to teach Muay Thai and Mixed Martial arts. I also wrote entire 3D Studio Max 8.0 Essentials book. The following year I released a character modeling dvd using SILO. I continued to train at a professional level for MMA. I was doing all this while working full time as a lead CG artist and teaching at the Gnomon School of Visual FX in Hollywood. I also found myself giving random lectures and presentations for the visual fx community. (exhale).
It sounds like a lot, and it is. At a very young age I made a list for myself of "things I want to accomplish" in life. Slowly, one by one I have just been taking the necessary steps to accomplish them. (Occasionally adding things to the list as I go). These things range from becoming a visual effects artist, bodybuilding, fighting professionally and authoring my first book.
I grew up in the middle of nowhere in a very small town called Herscher located in central Illinois. It left me lacking to say the least. I had always felt as if I was missing the big picture. I knew I wanted to do something different. I wanted to apply my artistic talents to something...but what? I had no outlet for art and no way to learn any specific craft. In the summer of 1993 I went to the movies to see Jurassic Park. That was it! I knew from that moment on, I wanted to do that for a living. I was so completely fascinated by the visuals and the world within the film. The frustrating part was, my High School had no real art program, we had no computer course and I had never sat in front of a computer. In fact, one of my counselors even told me that pursuing an art career would be, "stupid". They told me that I would not ever have a career creating art, nor would I make any money doing it. I believe the exact quote was, "What are you going to do? Move to San Francisco and paint on the street?" I've never forgotten that comment.
After High School I enrolled at the Illinois Institute of Art, majoring in Computer Animation. (I had to take basic computing course because I didn’t even know how to work a computer). But I was determined. I was working full time at night and schooling full time during the day. I worked very hard in and out of class learning any and everything that I could. I was working as a professional within 18 months of enrolling in college. I still devote nearly all of my time to honing my skills. I am always trying to outdo myself from model to model. I find that a lot of people "make it" in this industry and then they just get lazy. They stop learning new ways to do things or they don’t entertain new techniques or skills they can develop. I am continually inspired by the amazing artists around me. It gives me the never ending passion and drive to continue to get better at what I do.
Life is great. You can achieve anything you want. It doesn’t matter where you are from. It doesn’t matter what opportunities you have. There is nothing you can't do. There was a time when I was going to school where I was sleeping in my car and showering at the local gym in the morning before classes because I could not afford rent. Excuses are for people who can’t get off their ass and do it. If you want it, then go get it. The only person stopping you from achieving everything you want in life is yourself. - Josh Robinson