Animators in Brisbane had a wonderful opportunity. An installation of work by Adelaide glass artist Tom Moore was up in the entrance foyer to GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art) as part of the 'Optimism' exhibition.
Tom Moore displays thought provoking, remarkable character designs based on hope and evolution, where nature and plants triumph over automobiles. All made in glass.
How often have you had people look at your character designs with initial bemused shock and then intense interest? Learn from this craftsman about where imagination can take your designs. Study more than animated film to inform your development as an animator. I'm pretty sure Miyazaki said something along those sentiments.