Thursday, April 27, 2006
Marco has an ability to design interesting characters and especially enjoys getting into the costumes and props that his characters would wear and utilize. In the two drawings on the left, Marco struggled with the anatomical proportions of his characters. It's one thing to consciously distort anatomical proportions, quite another when these distortions are an unintended result. In the before drawings, the characters' torsos are elongated and awkward. Once Marco focused on correcting this problem, the results he achieved were a big step up from what he was doing before as can be seen in the after example on the right. A much more suitable design anatomically for what he was trying to do.
Marco is a student whom we have high hopes for. We're enthusiastic about his future creative prospects.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
In sample A, Lauren attempted to create a background without much attention to proper perspective. Robert Gold, our instructor in this regard, helped Lauren by getting her to focus on one element within her compostion. A half-pipe skateboard ramp you can see on the right in sample A. In sample B, Lauren established a two point perspective grid to construct the half-pipe ramp. In sample, C, Lauren uses what she learned from this exercise to establish a perspective foundation in this sketch from a story she's developing whereby her main character wakes up one morning to realize that his legs are twice as long as what they were before he went to bed.
For a 13 year old, Lauren shows exceptional comprehension of perspective basics. We're looking forward to exciting things from this young lady in the future.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Jose Lopez, lead character designer on the WB's "The Batman" among many other shows in his career, has just come out with his very first book and it's a beauty. "Mariachi Samurai" is a collection of Jose's drawings, sketches and illustrations. Here's a shot of the cover.
Check out his blog for a further sneak peak.
I first met Jose 10 years ago when he enrolled in a class I was teaching at another school. At the time, he was working at an art supply store part time making mimimum wage. Now he's a self published artist and successful in animation. Jose was also among the founding students of The Animation Academy, helped out on projects we were contracted to produce, became an instructor with us, got his break in the industry and is now a top level character designer. Congratulations, Jose!
Monday, April 24, 2006
Character rotations are a very important aspect of the character design process. They are used for model purposes in the production once a character has been established. In both 2D (traditional) and 3D (digital) animation, rotations provide crucial information about the design of a character and helps the animators, storyboard and layout artists better understand how the character appears from a particular view. This was Jennifer's first attempt at a character rotation and although there are still a few small fixes that need some attention, overall she did a fine job.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Chance has been with the Academy for several years. He started as a student then enrolled in a degree program at California State University in Northridge (CSUN). The Academy enjoys an excellent relationship with the students at CSUN's animation program and many of them supplement their studies by taking classes at the Academy. Chance's talent, enthusiasm for sharing his art and skills, and his long standing involvement with our school eventually developed into a situation as an assistant instructor with our Saturday Teen Program.
Chance will be graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Animation from CSUN in the next few weeks. He credits his experience with the Academy for making a big difference in his ability to handle the demands of a university arts program.
He also maintains a blog of his own which you can visit by following this link:
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation, Chance! Best wishes for your future success.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
In the meantime, here's a couple of sketches I created recently as class demonstrations. Demos are a valuable and effective method for assisting our students in their quest to further develop their skills.
These two drawings were done from imagination at different times during last semester. The purpose of each was to demonstrate the difference that a slight nuance can make in the emotion expressed by a character or a central figure within a composition, among other things. The girl on the left is communicating a mix of expressions and emotions even though it seems that she's not expressing anything at all. The figure on the right is using body language as well as eye contact and facial nuance. Notice the difference in the way the eyes were designed in each drawing. Click on the image for a better view.
These sketches were created using Col-erase blue pencils. A black broad tipped marker was used for the demo on the right. The marker was a little on the dry side which gave the sketch a unique quality.
More art from The Animation Academy is on the way. Thanks for making the Academy's blog a part of your online experience.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
This kind of painting is called "trompe l'oiel". The term is French for "fool the eye". The technique is used in homes to make it seem as if one is looking upon an actual scene when in fact it is a wall painting. The example above is something that Larissa did for a private residence. Everything from the grapevine to the stone window frame to the orchard beyond was painted by Larissa on a wall. The picture above is a photo of her work.
You can see the line of Rugrats books she illustrated by following this link to SimonSays.com, a division of Simon Schuster, Inc.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Flowriders is a concept based upon a surfing community with a strong Southern California influence. Vince specialized in Background Design and Layout when he was with us and has also been working up his character designs to balance the art of the story. Vince mentored under Mark Lumer who was an instructor with us at the time.
Here's a link to Vince's upcoming Flowriders site. The comic is scheduled to debut this summer along with t-shirts and other stuff around the 4th of July.
Here's a link to Marc Lumer's website.
Friday, April 14, 2006
The before drawing on the left is tentative. The artist isn't quite sure of the design direction, whether to take it towards the realistic or cartoony. The anatomy is off and there's a lot of small things that aren't coming together. In the after drawing on the right, there's a big difference. Luke's anatomy is much more solid, the direction of his design is clear, and he's confident enough in what he's doing to venture into a character rotation. The before and after drawings were created in the same semester, a few sessions apart from each other. Nice job, Luke!
Thursday, April 13, 2006
The drawing on the left is from early on. The drawing on the right is what he was doing later after attending to his comprehension of anatomy and focusing on his draughtsmanship and creativity. The after drawing is more dynamic, shows much more confidence, is more appealing stylistically and is overall a much better attempt than the before drawing.
Results like these are typical of Academy students.
Ray has his own blog if you'd like to visit and see what else he's been up to with his art. http://rayreturns.blogspot.com.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Manny is an adult student at the Academy who also assists in mentoring new students in our program. To create the scene, he used graphite pencils and focused on the tonal relationships between the different aspects of the composition. An exercise in controlling light, middle tone and dark scale values between the principle elements in a subject. He had some fun with this.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Kris has created powerful design images that are enhanced with his use of simple, flat color. The image at the upper left corner exhibits some of his rendering skills with a digital paintbrush. Clicking on the graphics will enlarge the image for a better view.
We'll be featuring more of Kris Anka's exciting art as the blog progresses as well as creative efforts from many individuals whose work defines The Animation Academy.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Andre Medina has studied at the Academy before and returned recently under similar circumstances after working on a feature film that is scheduled for release this coming summer. Here's a few character design concept sketches he recently created while in class.
Andre's designs are simple yet effective and strong, inspired by a classical approach to character design with a contemporary touch. Good draftmanship, nice line quality and fun thematic characters wth some innovative design approaches. Happy to be presenting Andre's work here on the Academy's blog.
More great art to showcase on the way.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Eclipse was created with color pencils against pre-colored paper. The space surrounding the twisting image was enhanced with the use of spray paint. An innovative method for creating a nice piece of art. This is the first time that Jorge Becerra's work has been published. We'll be looking forward to more images of interest from this promising artist.
Friday, April 07, 2006
In the character designs below you can see the attention he pays to properly constructing his forms. Kris establishes a good foundation before he moves on to define his final design. Click on the image for a closer look.
Look for ways to challenge yourself creatively. That's what Kris has done with the following example. He designed a couple of splash pages and worked the composition through his use of positive and negative shapes, a variety of line densities, a clear distinction between areas of light and shadow as well as good basic draftsmanship. You can get a better view by clicking on the image.
Kris is a diversified talent as the following sample of his art shows. On the left are two background concept sketches and on the right a page from a graphic narrative exercise he created based upon a comic book layout. Kris is capable of creating fine finished artwork and compelling free form sketches. Clicking on the image will enlarge the art for a better view.
More artwork from the students of The Animation Academy in Burbank will be posted soon.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006
Hello and welcome to the weblog of The Animation Academy in Burbank, California. It's my pleasure to present the Academy's blog and share with you the enthusiastic creativity that's come to define our community of students, instructors and the expectional people who define the Academy experience. We'll also be utilizing the blog for publishing periodic updates and notices on an ongoing basis, as well as educating friends about our school.
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