Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Weather Forecast Dec 18,Toronto: Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs.
Next week's Animatic T.O. event:
Director, Story Artist and certified Canadian, Kris Pearn will discuss his exciting journey from head of story on the original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs to taking on the challenge of Co-Directing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Find out what it takes to build, destroy and rebuild a story until it becomes a box office success! Twice!
$10 at the door (Cheap!)
@ The Rhino - 1249 Queen Street West
(West of Dufferin on the South side)
Talk Starts 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Want to learn 2d hand drawn animation ? Or improve your life drawing?
While i was at the CTN Expo this year, i ran into a number of people who were interested in learning or improving their 2d animation skills and their life drawing skills. Some of them were students trying to find a good school others were professionals like myself looking to gain knowledge and improve skills.
There are of course plenty of books and schools offering to teach animation these days and it may be difficult to choose. ( I'll happily recommend some of my favourite books. Just email me and ask). Another option you might consider however, especially if you are already working in the business or attending school and your time is at a premium, is taking a course online. A number of professional animators have taken to teaching online in their spare time at places like iAnimate, Animation Mentor and others. Many of these teach CG animation and VFX animation and do a mix of video tutorial and essentially teaching a class via skype and one on one critiques.
If you are like me though and are a fan of 2d animation there are fewer places to go. However, one online place i can recommend is Studio-Technique.
I'm not affiliated with the school at all, but i did have the chance to take a master class with Disney animator Andreas Deja they were offering at their studio in Montreal a couple years ago. I have also taken their online life drawing course this past year, taught by Samantha Youssef. I really enjoyed it and felt it was a good addition to my regular life drawing practice. So i'm just recommending this from personal experience.
Most Studio-Technique classes are taught by Samantha Youssef, who is a Sheridan College grad and a former Disney animator. She also consults and teaches animation to larger companies ( especially video game companies) to help raise the level of their animation quality. So she knows of what she speaks.
What i liked about her approach is that she was teaching life drawing for animators from an animators perspective but also bringing her background in dance and movement to the lessons. If you've done some life drawing you may have found the artwork in many books very technical or stiff and it may not be the most helpful to an animator specifically. When you animate you want to create rhythm and to be looking for flowing lines in your work. At least for me that was a major reason for taking this class and i found her approach really helped a lot in loosening up my work and making it more related to what i do as an animator.
Anyway i'm always trying to get people interested in classical animation so if this interests you here's a
link to class registration.
I don't get a commission or anything to tell people about this course, I just like to share and spread the word when I find cool animation related things. That's partly why i have this blog. So hopefully this is useful info for you and if so then that makes me happy!
On a related note, if you are in the Toronto area, i will be doing a two part workshop in January or Feb 2014. It's an intro to animation workshop, sort of a crazy crash course in hand drawn animation where i'll throw way too many concepts at you and you'll get a taste of various classical animation techniques. And it's totally old school retro style. You get to draw on paper on animation discs and we shoot pencil tests which you can then keep and review for yourself ( bring your own usb key)
It's happening at TAIS ( The Toronto Animated Image Society) . Keep checking back here or at the TAIS website for confirmation of dates and other info.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
CTN EXPO 2013
Recently returned from the Creative Talent Network Expo ( CTN EXPO) in Burbank California.
Lots of amazing talent there and great workshops. I particularly enjoyed BJ Crawford's talk (via Bluesky Animation) on using 2d animation drawing techniques to explore character and animation for the film EPIC. Basically he showed how they used 2d hand drawn classical animation techniques to develop characters that will be modelled eventually in CG for the film. Great talk and inspiring to see. BJ has basically created a new type of job in the CG feature film pipeline.
I also really enjoyed Eric Godlberg interviewing Eric Goldberg and giving us a an over view of his life and career in animation. Really funny. I highly recommend his book Character Animation Crash Course for those of you interested in character animation.
this was some of the art promoting the MWP booth i created based on the artwork from "Animation Unleashed".
In previous years i spent part of my time working at the table for Michael Wiese Productions , the publisher of Animation Unleashed. This year i just went as a spectator. If you are a professional or a student of animation looking to network with studio artists and freelancers alike it's a pretty excellent conference to attend.
Perhaps i'll see some of you next year!