Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tyler Mahn's Art

A relatively new student who's been with us as of late is Tyler Mahn. He's a talented artist who was looking to gain experience in the area of character design so he enrolled with us and has been doing an impressive job since. You can see more of Tyler's work at this link. He also has a YouTube channel that has thousands of followers.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Kya Cabunoc's Art

We've had the pleasure of Kya Cabunoc's participation at the Academy for the better part of 2 years as she works her way through high school. This spring she'll be graduating with her skill levels at a high point. Last summer Kya attended a special program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she wowed everyone with her talent. Here's a sampling of some recent work she's come up with focusing on Character Design and Visual Development.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

"What is a Storyboard Artist?"

The Animation Guild in Burbank is our industry's union. This week they've been featured in an animated video showcasing the benefits of being a union member highlighted from the Storyboard Artists' perspective. The video was created by Animation Guild Member Louie Zong.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Joel Valdez launches a new YouTube channel

Joel Valdez is an excellent character designer. Recently he's expanded his skillset by delving into landscape painting in acrylics. He's launched a dedicated YouTube channel featuring videos of his creative process. Here's the latest video by which he features his painting process to capture the beauty, magic and allure of the area around his hometown of Tucson Arizona. You're welcome to like the video and subscribe to his developing channel...

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Happy Birthday To Us! 21 Years and a New Place!

Hello everyone! I'm happy to share the joy of celebrating the 21st anniversary of The Animation Academy in Burbank California! It was on this day January 19 1998 that we held our first class in the back room of a local restaurant. And for 21 years since we have kept it going!

Here's some additional good news for this special occasion. We're moving from our location on Magnolia Boulevard to a splendid facility on Hollywood Way. Still in the Magnolia Park region. Still in the same zip code. And just a few blocks away from the Warner Bros Studio main lot plus just 2 blocks away from Warner Bros TV Animation and just 1 block from the Animation Guild which is the union for our industry.

Some great additional news is that we'll be located in the same building as Center Stage Gallery which is a dedicated showplace for animation art and is owned by CTN (the Creative Talent Network) which is a major artist oriented organization and which sponsors a huge expo every year just down the road in November.

We'll be conducting our first class session at our new location (847 N Hollywood Way Suite 204) this coming Monday evening January 21. Here's a first look at where we're moving to. 

Thank you to our friends here on Blogger who've been following us all these years. Very best wishes to you and Keep Creating !!

Charles Zembillas
The Animation Academy
Burbank California


This is the building we're moving to on Hollywood Way. Our new home!

Here's the front entrance...

Our main classroom. Very spacious! Much more room than before.

Lots of natural light...

This is a look towards the back room. This area will be used as our library and archive...

A look back towards the main classroom. We have additional office and storage space as well...

Beyond this door is where all our new magic will happen!  

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Happy New Year 2019 !!

Greetings to our friends and followers here on the Academy's blog! We've been maintaining this blog since 2006 and it's great to be continuing with you as we enter into a very exciting upcoming year. I have some special news to share with everyone about some positive developments and I'll do doing soon.

Meanwhile here's something to spread some joy and happiness and to give a face to the Academy and all the wonderful people associated with us this past year. If you were with us in 2018 you'll likely see your self in the class portrait below. 

Have a terrific 2019 everyone and Keep Creating!!