So I’ve watched the videos on Chris Zurbrigg’s site about the Blue Pencil plugin for Maya and I have to say it looks really impressive. From the demo the user interface looks really easy to use and has a lot of functionality to it. As a fan of the way that Jason Ryan has been do demonstrations of his animation over the years using FlipBook, I really feel this could be the best of both worlds and really including it in Maya. I’ll get it soon and then be able to tell more about it from a user stand-point but strictly seeing the demo it does look pretty amazing.
So have a look around the site and check it out it’s really worth looking into.
found via lesterbanks.com
Student Animated Music Video.
“This was made as exercises in animated Body Mechanics and Lip Sync to music. Thanks a million to Taio Cruz for making such an awesome song, and well done to all the students who worked on the animation.
Hope you enjoy……J”
iAnimate.net Promotional video from iAnimate on Vimeo.
What is iAnimate.net about? The iAnimate.net Promotional video shows a little bit about the ins and outs of the program with a little taste of some of the members work.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Dreamworks Animation Supervisor and Creator of the new online character animation school Ianimate.net, Jason Ryan. We covered new and upcoming things with Ianimate and asked a bit of how things are going. Of course I had to ask a bit about what keeps him going! So stay tuned it will be posted in video form here shortly. Until then have a look around his sites.
|Mike Walling Body Mechanics|
Mike is amazing at communicating very clearly how he approaches animation. In his first Video he shows how he uses live action reference as inspiration for his planning and blocking stage. In his second video he runs through how he polishes his shots into full feature level animation. We are making these quicktime videos super affordable and downloadable so that anyone who is learning animation can avail of this resource. Mike really enjoyed the process of making this video so much that he has already planned out his next video”
So check em out and enjoy! You can also check out Mike’s site
Just a quick link here. You might know Jason Ryan’s site for his webinars and now for Ianimate, but he also offers some Story Board webinars by Robb Pratt. He is a story board artist over at Disney Toon Studios and has been in the industry for quite some time. It is set up like Jason’s and seems to make for a great time.
I wanted to write a quick note to let everybody know that there is a new round of Jason Ryan Webinars starting this month. I have participated in all of them for the last year and let me just say that it has been an amazing experience. It only cost 100 bucks and is probably one of the greatest investments that you will get throughout your animation career. The last year has been invaluable in terms of learning process and workflow. Jason Ryan’s webinars have both taught and inspired me to keep animating and always strive to get better. If you are weary of spending the money he has plenty of resources online to help show you what he is about before you commit to it. First you can check out his tutorials. Then you can go to his webinar site and he has free Rampup downloads which will help you understand what he is about. You can also view the highlights of the entire year of this last round of webinars here. You might ask, “What if you can’t make the webinar?”, well I then would say that he makes all the webinars downloadable when you sign up. He also provides resources with the shots to help make it easy if you want to go ahead and try the shots yourself. Check his site out and even get some free goodies like wallpapers. It has been a great ride so far and I am truly excited to see what is in store for the next year.
Enjoy and I’ll see ya there!
It’s been about a year since I stumbled onto this site. I first began with some of his tutorials and then was introduced to his webinars. I began watching the way that he animates first in 2D in Flipbook and then brings that into Maya. For me it put alot of the animation principles into perspective in ways that I had not been looking at them before. These tutorials seem to help me realize the complexities of animation and how to break them down so that it is not just what I am focusing on but also to remember why I animate. Why do I spend all of this time consuming my life with all things animation? For the passion! While following Jason Ryan’s site it has brought with it… passion. I actually have fun learning new ways to animate and always trying to better my workflow. Of course everyone is going to have their own BUT, if you can learn something new it will only help your animation. So take a look check them out and maybe even try one out.
So enjoy your animating!