Among our up and coming talent at The Animation Academy is Hannah Smith. She's been a stellar student in the time she's been with us and functions as a teacher's assistant in our Character Design 1 class. Hannah is a self starter and has become proficient in ToonBoom Harmony which is an industry standard software for creating traditional animation. Hannah has also been developing her YouTube channel and as of this writing she has more than 4,700 subscribers. She's developing her client base and has been accepting commissions. A great beginning to her career! You can follow Hannah on YouTube through The Blue Wolf Studios channel. The video below showcases her animation demo reel for 2016.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Catching up after a very busy summer here at The Animation Academy in Burbank California. A special event was held at Cartoon Network on June 2 2017. An art auction fundraiser on behalf of the Burbank Family Services Agency turned out to be a great success. Three artists from the Academy participated by creating original works and submitting them for auction. They were accepted and all 3 sold. Pictured are Maia Gross and Autumn Galvin. Both are dedicated students who've become instructors. Missing from the photo is Academy student Jessie Finch. Congrats everyone for contributing to this exciting and worthwhile event!
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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.