Saturday, January 31, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

"Coyote & The Tortoise" by Fat Cat Animation

**NOTE: this film is unfortunately no longer available for download from the MyToons website as MyToons abruptly shut down recently.



Short film from Fat Cat Animation in Phoenix, Arizona. Directed by Len Simon.

Monday, January 12, 2009

"Anniversary" by Ghostbot Studio

The Ghostbot Studio (you've seen their ads for E-surance) has released a short film called "Anniversary" . Only 1 minute , but shows what you can do to economically tell a short story in a minute.

Embedded player should work ok in Firefox. Doesn't seem to be working in Safari for some reason. If the embedded player below does not work , try this direct link:

http://www.cartoonmojo.com/view_video.php?viewkey=20d2abefe558796b9958

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Audi Animated spot - Passion Pictures

Audi spot animated at Passion Pictures, London.





Willard Mullin - Animated Line-of-Action

Sherm Cohen has posted a series of links to various pieces by the great sports cartoonist Willard Mullin on his Cartoon Snap! blog.

This reminded me of  some scans I have of Mullin's work which have always seemed to me to indicate that had he wanted to Willard Mullin could have been a great animator.

These are excellent to study for cartooning in general, but animation in particular. This is what I'm always harping on when I tell my students to "push the pose , push the line-of-action"  in animation. 

(click on the images to see them larger)








Friday, January 9, 2009

Mark Chong's TEN-MINUTE DRAWING TUTORIALS




One of the amazing artists I've met through the TVPaint User Forum is Toronto-based conceptual artist and teacher , Mark Chong. Mark has a real passion for teaching (specifically teaching Online , utilizing video tutorials) and I am very happy that he is now teaching for the Academy of Art Animation Dept. Online. (he's also going to be building a new course on visual development and concept art , ANM 475 - Inspirational Art for Animation . During the Spring '09 semester at AAU Mark will be teaching ANM 611 Visual Elements of Story and ANM 633 Character Design and Drawing for Animators online.

Mark has generously posted some wonderful FREE tutorials on his blog TEN-MINUTE DRAWING TECHNIQUES (but if you benefit from Mark's tutorials then drop a few dollars in his tip jar now and then, folks !)

Click on the link to go to view the tutorials.

Here's a sample of Mark's work (drawn in TVP Animation) :