So we were told to write a College Essay, but we could select our own prompt, and i chose a Common App prompt, " Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence."
Naturally, I thought of Edd Gould, or Eddsworld as you might know him as, and I wrote this paper about him:
Edd Gould was an animator just a few years older than me. He never worked for Disney, he never made a design for a major company, and if not for the Internet, I would have never known he existed. Sadly, he no longer has the chance to make his name, because this year, after a six year long battle with leukemia, Edd passed away at the age of twenty four.
When I was about eleven years old my friend gave me a program called Macromedia Flash 8. Being eleven, I quickly grew bored of it, because to me it was just some computer application. It was not until I saw an animation by "Eddsworld" that I realized what Flash was truly capable of. With the same program I had managed to draw some dots flying around the screen, Edd had created his own little world full of color, laughter, and all he cared about. It was a web series he had thought up when he was as young as I was, featuring his friends Matt and Tom. You could see all of what Edd was about through his animations and you really felt like you knew him and his gang of pals when you watched the show. His animations continued to give me inspiration to animate, and because of him, I have been working with Flash for over six years, hoping to be as good as he was some day.
Since I was young I have always wanted to go into something art related but I never seriously considered it, because my parents told me the income was not high enough in an occupation like that. Remember how encouraging our parents and teachers were in elementary school? They would always say, "Follow your dreams!" Edd Gould was one of the few people I have heard of that really did. He poured all of what he could into making animations, even giving up possible business opportunities and the chance to have his own TV show because "he knew it would drive a wedge between him, you, and the show"(Tom "Thomska" Ridgewell). Now, Edd was actually being paid for his animations, which to me sounds like a dream come true, but also incredibly unlikely unless you are as naturally talented as Edd was. However, because of his shining example of doing what you want, I am going to college for a degree in Graphic Design/ Animating to help me become what I have always wanted to be.
In short, Edd Gould was nothing less than the person I have always wanted to be, and the best part is that I could be like him if I really put my heart into it. He started off just like me: doodling in class, animating during free time, and having fun doing something we enjoyed. Every one of his animations is a milestone for me to strive for, and now that he is gone, I want to take his place and "keep his seat warm" here on Earth.