Friday, December 29, 2006
Rich created the art for this Disney poster in Photoshop. Rich is meticulous when it comes to detail as is evident in this work. It's great to enjoy an ongoing association with Rich Lynes, and this latest piece of his is a great way to wrap up 2006 and welcome 2007.
To see more of Rich's work, visit his website: http://lynesden.com
Friday, December 22, 2006
On the left is the rough concept sketch in blue pencil. In the center is a blue line clean up of the drawing. On the right the finished version digitally colored in Photoshop by yours truly and ready for uploading to the Academy's website.
Coming up with a new version of Artshark is always a lot of fun. There's been more than 60 renditions of the character since I first dreamed him up in the early days of the school. Mascot characters are a great way to brand a property and in the case of The Animation Academy, Artshark has been our best friend in that regard.
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season to all !
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Although Levon is studying Character Design, he finds the time to create these enchanting background images. Click on the artwork for a better view.
Levon bases his compostions upon some of the places he's visited during his travels. He imbues his artwork with a surreal atmosphere by using white or colored paint on black paper, sometimes touching it up with color pencils. The magical touch he gives his work also involves his skillful use of a dry brush technique in certain instances. His activity in this area will be very useful once he moves into Visual Development, and will also help in diversifying his presentation as he further develops his portfolio.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Thirla has a delicacy to her work that creates an appealing aspect to the images she comes up with. In the examples above, she renders her characters with a gentle hand while establishing strong tonal relationships in places where it's needed such as the hair and shadow areas. Her subtle control is commendable.
Thirla shows a lot of promise with her art. Looking forward to what she'll be coming up with in the future.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Ariel started with his blue line drawing of a character he's created that serves as a mascot character for him. In drawing 2, he's develeoped a clean up sketch and scanned it as a digital file. In 3, he's established a gray tone shadow layer. In 4, he's colored his original clean up drawing and in 5, combined the color with the gray scale shadow layer. In 6, he established his highlights. Click on the image for a better view.
Ariel did a fine job with this demonstration and I thank him for making it available for our students and visitors to enjoy and to learn from.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Amy sent a Christmas card she created herself from class art she digitally colorized. She included a sentiment intended for all involved with the school.
"To everyone at The Animation Academy. Wishing you the best Holiday Season Ever." Best Wishes, Amy Paulson
Click on her greeting card below for a better view.
Thank you, Amy for your warm greeting and best wishes to you for the Holidays and for the coming New Year from all your friends and colleagues here at the Academy.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Here's a class demonstration he drew while teaching at the Academy a few years ago. Clicking on the image will give you a better view.
Philip is the oldest of the three Felix brothers. All of them went on to great careers in animation. Paul Felix is among the Walt Disney Company's top visual development artists for their Feature Animation division, and David Felix went on to work as a staff artist on the Simpsons before his tragic death in an accident in 1995.
Today, Philip operates his own art gallery in Tucson, Arizona as well as his own tattoo business where he is in big demand for the designs he creates. Philip continues to be an inspiration to many artists.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Lauren has been featured twice before on the Academy's blog. The first time on April 26 and again on July 27. Check out what she was doing at that time and compare it to her latest work above. She's growing in skill and in compositional sophistication. Watch out for Lauren. She's just getting started.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Robert started with us as a student back in the early days of the Academy and has stayed on as a perspective and background layout instructor. He's also worked on special projects that come to the Academy for production. His expertise in perspective is a big benefit to our Background Design students.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Jessie Davis made an impression with her work in the Teen Program a few years ago, and she continues to impress with her latest designs from the class project she's developing. Here's a sketch she created from our most recent session of the Adult Program.
In the drawing above, Jessie explores form through the use of cast shadow and tonal rendering with blue pencil and graphite. She's also captured an intriguing expression with her character and framed the experience in design symmetry. Jessie carries on the Academy's legacy through the strength of her emerging skills.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Here's a sketch Steve created this semester.
Steve is starting to develop his own style in character design and is working on his visual development skills. His continuing participation adds to the positive atmosphere of the Academy and energizes our sessions. Looking forward to more from Steve Montenegro.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Mercedes has returned to the Academy is now an assistant instructor in the Teen Program. Here's a demonstration she created at last Saturday's session. Click on the image for a better view.
Mercedes began with a blue line sketch of her concept and proceeded to complete the drawing in color with her skillful use of markers. Mercedes is an exceptional talent and we're very happy to have her back with us in an assistant instructor capacity.
Friday, November 17, 2006
I've included the concept sketch and the final line drawing in this presentation. Click on the image for a better view.
Drawing "A" focused on the formation of the idea and ArtShark's compositional pose. The sketch began with blue pencil then shifted to red pencil to further refine what was developing. In drawing "B" a blue pencil cleanup was done over the rough on a light table using the red line in "A" as the basis. The cleanup was scanned and digitally colorized in the final version at bottom.
Be on the lookout for more of ArtShark soon.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Here's something recent from Noah Amrani, a student enrolled in our Teen Program. On the left is a sample of what Noah was creating about the time he first started taking classes with us last summer. On the right is what Noah is currently creating. Click on the image for a better view.
In the before drawing on the left, Noah struggled with his symmetry, design elements and some basic drawing issues in general. Although he created better drawings than what I'm posting here as the before sample, I'm using this particular one to exemplify the range of his growth. In the after sketch on the right, his skills are showing much stronger and everything comes together for a successful and more appealing design.
Noah is a dedicated student that is making significant strides in the development of his artwork. We'll be seeing more of his creative efforts in the future.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Mr. Simmons is a veteran designer in the industry, renowned for his work on the Batman and Superman productions at Warner Bros. TV Animation. He is currently a designer at Disneyland Entertainment. Below is a grayscale marker demonstration he created for the Background Design class he was teaching a few years ago. Clicking on the image will provide a better view.
Alan Simmons is an Oxford educated artist with a passion for great design and architecture. His influences include Frank Lloyd Wright. He embraces social issues that affect the human condition and is active in the community in regards to these issues.
We're scheduling an appearance by Mr. Simmons at one of our adult sessions soon. Hopefully this semester in our Background Design class which all of our currently enrolled students will be welcome to attend.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
In his initial drawing on the left, Kevin developed the sketch with blue pencil and then went on to black line. On the right, Kevin has scanned his artwork and completed it with digital color.
Kevin has his own website which you're welcome to visit.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Kris started with us as a youngster by enrolling in the Teen Program a few years ago. He currently attends our adult classes as part of the assistant instructor crew. He continues to challenge himself and kick it up a notch with each new work he creates. Kris is dedicated to his art, is very productive and seriously studies his craft. This is the result when backed up by an intuitive talent.
The new semester for adults will be starting Tuesday, November 7. Contact the school if you're interested in joining us.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
In the composition above, Brandon does a good job of distorting human anatomical features to achieve something unusual and unique within his design. Combining organic and inorganic elements as well. The somewhat forced perspective he positions his subject in adds interest to the viewing experience.
Brandon will be graduating high school this coming spring. Looking forward to what the future holds for him creatively.
Friday, October 20, 2006
Ronan is enrolled in our Character Design I class. As he was working a basic rotation for a character concept he was developing, he interpreted the emphasis I was placing on structure as direction to establish the skeletal foundation of his character. The result was what you see below. Clicking on the picture will provide a better view.
Ronan did a great job at showing what could realistically be happening within the anatomy of a form based entirely upon fantasy. Like the skeletal framework he drew, the additional work he created for his assignment revealed a deeper dimension to Ronan's skills. It'll be interesting to see the unusual approaches he comes up with in his future projects.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Amy continues to make significant progress with her art. It's remarkable how quickly she's picked up on her fundamentals, making a real difference in the quality of her drawing. Students like Amy continue to build upon the legacy that The Animation Academy enjoys.
You can see more of Amy's work from her classes at the Academy by visiting her website. Click on the link below.
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Manny assists students prepare for their Character Design II curriculum. He's a versatile artist and has been featured before on the Academy's blog this past April 12.
Monday, October 09, 2006
Class lectures are always more effective when backed by a demonstration. The Animation Academy encourages creative productivity while class is in session, even from our instructors.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Chance was showing the proper use of blue pencil sketching in the Character Design I class. By establishing a composition in blue pencil first, it's much easier to extract forms once the final medium is utilized. In this case, graphite pencil. The character Chance sketched out here is a design of his own creation.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Viet is employed at a major toy company in Southern California. He enrolled at the Academy to further develop his commendable skills. Viet came up with this design of a ninja monkey and once he worked out the details, proceeded to prepare his design as a production model. Well drawn, balanced and very suitable for the animation medium. Another excellent example of the exceptional work created by the first rate students we have with us.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Danny worked this design to function within the parameters of one point perspective for depth of field while enhancing the design elements contained within the shapes of the structures he's established. A noteworthy class assignment.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Ariel Acosta has been studying at the Academy for some time and has focused on Visual Development. In this recently completed sample, his assignment was to design a bowl of fruit that one would find in an alien household on another planet. Clicking on the picture will give you a better view.
Ariel used blue pencil to sketch out his concept and render the tones. His approach was interesting. Although the fruit may not be appealing to Earthlings, that wouldn't necessarily be the case with an alien civilization. Ariel got a good start with this aspect of his project. We'll no doubt be seeing more from this talented students of ours in the future.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Micah used markers and color pencil to create this dynamic and intriguing work. It's definitely a step up from his previous endeavors. For a 16 year old he did a fine job. Micah is building his portfolio and this composition will make a nice addition to it.
Friday, September 08, 2006
Last year in the summer of 2005, I discovered that Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, popular video game characters I developed, were both on Happy Meal packages. I celebrated the good news by getting a Happy Meal of my own and scanning the package art for posterity. Here it is below, with Crash and Spyro sharing space with Ronald McDonald as the Happy Meal box appeared in the USA.
Later, I received an email from an artist in Europe letting me know that the Happy Meal packages over there had Crash and Spyro on them as well. Here's what the two sides of the European Happy Meal looked like.
The Animation Academy approaches the art and craft of character design in a way that makes our program unique, with an emphasis on the animated character as a franchise. The Happy Meal packages are an excellent educational example of how character based intellectual properties can be utilized as a powerful marketing device.
If you haven't as yet seen the Origin of Spyro development sketches on exhibit at the Academy's website, you're welcome to follow this link for the presentation:
For the Crash Bandicoot fans out there here's an added treat you can look forward to. You'll soon get a chance to see never before published artwork and read the story behind the origin of Crash Bandicoot on an upcoming feature coming soon to the Academy's blog.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Both were enrolled as students at the time this artwork was created. Byron was an advanced student taking the Visual Development class. Snakebite was in the Concept Storysketch class. Byron's assignment was to come up with a composition that had a distinct light source and play that light source off of his compositional elements to help describe form. Snakebite, on his own initiative and with permission from Byron, took the drawing and rendered it in digital color using Photoshop. The result is what you see below. You can click on the image for a better view.
Both Byron and Snakebite are remarkable talents. Shortly after this, Byron went to Germany for a few months on a professional assignment. Snakebite went on to leave his mark on the comic book industry with his outstanding work on "The Red Star" series. He also became our Photoshop instructor and trained many artists through our program. Both Snakebite and Byron are doing well and continue to astound the public with their work.
You can see more of Snakebite's color work by visiting http://artbysnakebite.com
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Ruben created this drawing with blue pencil. It's an excellent early attempt of his at establishing environmental composition through the use of tone and substance. Ruben wound up assisting in the Character Design class as a result of the progress he made while attending the Academy. Although we haven't had the opportunity to catch up with him to find out what he's been up to lately, he's well remembered at the school.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Edgar returned to the Academy this semester enrolling in the Adult Program and reconnecting with Character Design I. Here's a sample of what he came up with at our most recent session.
Edgar's class assignment involved the development of action/attitude poses for the character he created. Although there's still some attention to detail that is needed in these sketches, he's making an impression this semester with the overall quality of his work. We're very happy to have Edgar back with us and excited to be a part of his artistic growth once again.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Kevin created this shark man design from his initial studies involving the adaptation of the human body form to animation character design. As part of this specific assignment, he gave the end result an imaginative hook by assimilating shark elements into the end result.
In a similar manner, Kevin has assilimilated well into the Academy's process of creative development. His future endeavors look to be strong and we anticipate more exciting art from Kevin. As with many of our students, there's much to look forward to.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Arnold has strong illustrative skills which he utilized effectively in his studies in Character Design, Background Design and Visual Development. Here are more samples of his work. This is from his first class in Visual Development. Arnold used markers to render these two designs.
Arnold created the fantasy land below in his first experience with our Background Design course, incorporating the rendering skills he developed in Visual Development with what he already had in his artistic arsenal from his previous art education at other area schools.
To view more of Arnold's work feel free to visit his online portfolio by following this link: http://www.portfolios.com/arnolddoong
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Image "A" on the left is Amy's very first drawing in the first session of the class. In image "B" in the center, Amy has shown significant improvement by the end of the very same session. In image "C" on the right, Amy really hit stride at a skill level that can be constructively worked with. This image is from her second class session.
Students like Amy continue to build the Academy's legacy and enhance the school's excellent industry wide reputation.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Her latest work, although still needing attention in certain areas, shows a lot of confidence and growth. Compare the above art with what Lauren was doing three months ago when she was just beginning to explore perspective and background composition.
Lauren's got a good head start on mastering a complex subject. We're looking forward to what she'll be attempting next.
Monday, July 24, 2006
James (not to be confused with the soul singer) has grown to become an assistant instructor in the Academy's Adult Program. He has a strong sense of design, especially when it comes to the male and female form. James helps out with the students who progress into Character Design II. He also assists students in the prerequisite Character Design I class as they evolve into more complex design assignments.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Rich used Photoshop to create this fantastic art worthy of the Disney Company and Disney fans. Rich tells us that the file size was so big that it took as many as 20 minutes for his computer to save changes to the file as he approached completion of the job. We're very happy and proud to enjoy a continuing relationship with Rich Lynes. To see more of his work, visit his web site. http://www.lynesden.com
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Alexis shows a lot of maturity and confidence in her drawing, design and compositional skills for her age. Imagine what she'll be doing in the future as she continues to progress.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
This layout was created by Philip J. Felix for a pilot episode of a project produced for the VH1 cable network. It was colored in Photoshop by Snakebite, our Photoshop instructor at the time. Philip was an instructor with us as well, conducting Concept Storysketch.
It's always a fun challenge when the Academy is in production on a project. It's a positive experience for everyone involved.
Keep in mind that our next semester will begin this coming Tuesday evening, July 11. For more information, please visit the Academy's main website. Here's the link:
Monday, July 03, 2006
After she outgrew the Teen Program Mercedes spent some time with the adults. Today she is on staff with Animation Magazine. On the occasions when a spot illustration or an editorial cartoon is called for, we can always expect to see something from her in the pages. Here's her latest editorial illustration published in the July 2006 issue of Animation Magazine. The subject concerns government legislation dealing with children's programming.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Chris used blue pencil to establish and render his composition. One of the methods he utilized for enhancing the composition and adding interest to the visuals of his work was his use of contrasting tone. For example, take a look at the jazz club he has featured in this scene. It's easy to find since it's the area of the composition with the lightest tonal values, giving the impression that a light source is focused on the subject. By surrounding this area with darker controlled values, Chris was able to further define it as the compositional center of interest.
Chris came to the Academy from the School of Visual Arts in New York City where he had achieved a Bachelor of the Arts degree. We often have students with a previous art education enroll with us to build upon what they've experienced beforehand, as was the case with Chris.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Collaborative teamwork like this is part of the process of working in animation production. Some artists will focus their skills in one aspect of the process while others who specialize in a different discipline will pick it up from there and carry it further down the line towards a final result. That's one of the exciting aspects of working in the animation industry. It's a group endeavor requiring the contributions of many talented people striving towards a common creative goal. James and Kris have accomplished this in a small but significant way. Nice job, guys.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Micah is the kind of student artist the Academy attracts that helps contribute to the school's continuing creative legacy. Looking forward to exciting things from Micah Martinez in the future.
Friday, June 16, 2006
Alex went on to continue his education. He is currently in his last year at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where he is studying character animation. Alex has his own blog which I'm happy to refer our visitors to. Check out more of his excellent artwork by clicking on the link below.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
What distinguishes Joshua's sketch, aside from its quality, is that he is only 14 years of age. Joshua started with us when he was 11. Now that he's entering high school, his educational experience at the Academy combined with his current skill level has his school's administrators considering him for special placement in their arts program. If he's doing work like this at 14, imagine what we have to look forward to by the time he graduates and is ready for college. Joshua is a talent to watch.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Kevin recently relocated to the Burbank area from Modesto, California to study at The Animation Academy. He got off to a good start and has been steadily improving in Character Design I, meeting the challenges presented by the class. This particular character rotation of his was developed with 3D modeling in mind.