Artist Spotlight: Eros Myers isn't holding back

Category:  The Arts
Monday, October 5th, 2020 at 1:35 PM
Artist Spotlight: Eros Myers isn't holding back by Cassandra Gripp
Art: Eros Myers

Eros Myers spent a lot of his childhood creating. 

“I had a very active imagination, so I would like to play stuff out with my sister with stuffed animals. We had a lot of paper and pencils lying around, so I would draw comics all the time.”

It’s that spirit that’s led him to the culmination of Edinboro’s celebrated animation program.

Myers is a fourth-year animation major at EU, minoring in drawing. Watching cartoons and anime growing up was an inspiration; when asked where he might want to work someday, Myers pointed out a current favorite. “Nickelodeon is the only studio that comes to mind. They have a lot of really cool shows on their platform. I think it would be a lot of fun to work on them.” 

While there's a lot that goes into the animation process, Myers likes to focus on the characters and is working to get better at storyboarding. This process includes sketching out the individual actions these characters perform in a scene.

Myers didn’t know you could make a career out of animation until about fifth grade. He recounted a trip to the library with his family where he discovered a manga of an anime he’d seen on TV. 

“It fell into my head that this is a career I could see myself doing for the rest of my life.”

When looking for schools during his senior year of high school, though, he didn’t know anything about getting into the field. “It was scary. Like my junior year of high school, I didn’t even really know how they made cartoons. I didn’t even know what a pipeline meant,” said Myers. 

Pipelining refers to the different roles involved with creating any artistic product. In terms of how an animation comes to life, Myers explained: “It goes from the people writing the story, to the editors, to the story boarders who attach visuals to the writing, who then pass it down to revisers, to animators, etc."

Edinboro was not his initial thought, but Myers fell in love with the school when he started taking tours and met the professors. He smiled at that, reminiscing on his first impressions of the school, mentioning, “It was impossible to go back to high school after that.”

He doesn’t have a set process for his work. He gestured dramatically as he spoke: “Right now, the process is, I’ll be having trouble sleeping and a random idea will pop up in my head. I normally just try to draw it out in a storyboard. I’ll draw the individual poses and time it out. I typically will use live-action references.”

He takes a lot of inspiration from his friends and peers; he is appreciative of the passion these fellow animators put into what they’re doing. When recounting his freshman year, he mentioned how talented the upperclassmen were. “I was so scared to even try to talk to them because they felt like gods around me.” 

Now, his friends offer good reminders of why he loves what he does. Especially when discouraged. 

“Don’t hold back,” said Myers, advising freshmen and upcoming animation majors. “Know what you wanna do while you’re doing it, and do it for that reason. You’ll get better along the way and you will have something to offer. Don’t get caught up in the weight of everything.”

Cassandra Gripp is a staff writer for The Spectator. Reach our writers at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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