OTM #16: Waiting / Music

Happy Tuesday yet again! I’ve been reflective as of late, arriving up to thirty minutes early to classes just so I can sit in the empty halls and stare at the wall. It’s become sacred to me; my music becomes the forefront of my focus rather than a backdrop, and I picture animated sequences moving with the song’s notes. I used to use Flipnote Hatena every day growing up as a kid, an animation program that came free with the Nintendo DSi. It was my primary motivation as an artist; there were thousands of young animators that would post their work there, animation trends, short stories, and more. Because of Hatena, I discovered all sorts of music and animation styles. It was really popular to animate original characters to songs in pseudo-music videos, and I would often make my own. I’d sit in silence at sleepovers, drawing frames over and over again, listening to the same 3 second loop of Carly Rae Jepsen trying to animate my warrior cat persona. It’s something I have, in a way, carried with me into adulthood; I listen to music with the intent of seeing an animated, silly music video in my head. So, with these minutes before class, it’s been really helpful for me to allow myself to go back to that childlike mind and simply sit with the music.

Have a great week, everyone! Thank you for reading.


Hello, I'm Katelyn Sliwinski! I'm a senior studying communications with a minor in writing, but I previously was studying digital illustration, so I'm happy to be sharing my art with you! I want to use my artwork to appreciate the mundanities of daily life; it's improved my mental health tenfold to just stop and look around once and a while, so I seek to capture that joy and show it to you!

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