Wednesday, April 19, 2017
He was a local teenager when he first enrolled at the Academy. Today as an adult David Gemmill is one of the most sought after storyboard artists in animation. A veteran of Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network and currently employed at Warner Bros he's established himself as a leader in the industry. The quirky and offbeat animated shorts David creates on his own are a hit on YouTube. Here's something from his channel entitled "General Helmet"...
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Another of our many talented students who did very well in the animation business is Aaron Horvath. He is currently the producer of the popular series "Teen Titans Go!" at Wanner Bros TV Animation for Cartoon Network. Aaron diligently applied himself to excellence in his art and went on to lofty heights. Below are some samples of his work while he was a student with us way back in 2002. You can see more of Aaron's student work at this link.
Check out the video below to see a quick sketch demo of Robin that Aaron created recently.
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Among the pantheon of great artists who were once students at the Academy is Taso Gionis. He was barely out of high school when he first came to us in the early days of the school. He has since gone on to tremendous artistic accomplishment in the entertainment industry as a character designer and modeler currently employed at Blizzard Entertainment in that capacity.. This is a concept he illustrated in our visual development class around the year 2000.
Taso was a student in our very first year coming up with excellent tonal / light studies for concepts he was developing.
Taso went on to create incredible characters at the highest level of the motion picture industry. The video below is his demo reel. This is what talent, hard work, dedication and a solid foundation in fundamentals can do for you when you stick with it and keep growing and creating. You can see more of Taso's amazing work on his YouTube channel and on DeviantArt with more of his student work here.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
One of the most important skills associated with professional character design is the ability to rotate one's concepts. It's an essential aspect of the production process in animation. Rotations bridge the connection between concept design and production. A good character designer should be able to accurately turn their images. Below are a few recent examples of what some of our students have created in the Character Design 1 class at the Academy.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Something I enjoy doing in terms of showcasing the kind of improvement our students make in relatively short periods of time is featuring their Before and After work. These following are samples of what some of our most recent students have come up with in Character Design 1 which is the entry class to or program. In the first session before any direction was given students were instructed to draw a teddy bear. The idea being that we would use their drawing as a gauge to determine the amount of improvement in their skills as the class progressed.
Here are some of the Before and After sketches students created over a period of about a month to five weeks into the class.
Carl Gilliam Jr
Friday, April 01, 2016
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Former student turned instructor Ed Irizarry stopped by for a visit this week. A very talented artist with many years of experience at Disney and Fox in their consumer products division. Here's a class demonstration he created when he was with us as an instructor. He animated the individual poses from the facial expression assignment in Character Design 1 to create this educational example of how to develop behavioral aspects of the subject...