Check out a little peak at Ianimate.net‘s new Game Character BRICK!


Brick from iAnimate on Vimeo.

Looks pretty sweet! I like the fact that he doesn’t really have a face…you get to really concentrate on Body Mechanics.
Enjoy!
JP

Animation Mentor‘s new Student Showcase is out. Some really great stuff in here.

 

Have a look around great animation!
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JP

Some great work as always over at Ianimate.net. There just keeps getting more and more great work coming out of the school. Have a look around their site for more info and their Vimeo Page for some great videos.

iAnimate.net Member Showcase – Summer 2012 from iAnimate on Vimeo.

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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.


Animating with Blue Pencil from Chris Zurbrigg on Vimeo.

So have a look around the site and check it out it’s really worth looking into.

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JP

found via lesterbanks.com

Looks like a fun day if you are in the area June 30th! Check out the Animation Mentor site for more details.

An excerpt:

“Ever wish you could spend a day with professional animators and watch them break down a shot and detail each step? Well wish no more! Our friends from Pixar, DreamWorks, and Tippett will break down a couple of shots from their feature film work, discuss the challenges they faced, and share how they achieved the final results. And remember to ask lots of questions! Seating is limited — so register today!”

 
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JP

This has been getting passed around work…looks like it could be useful. Thanks to Valve for putting it out there.

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JP

Having worked in the VFX Industry for almost 3yrs I have experienced many of the things in this article. As everyone’s journey is different and some things here could apply and could not, it is a great article to get a little bearing on many things that you might encounter in the VFX side of our industry.

So have a read and take what you can from it.

Getting a Visual Effects Job

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JP

found via SPUNGELLA

some other related links

Cutting it in the VFX Industry
Breaking into the VFX industry

Check this one out coming from both Ken Fountain and Chris Kirshbaum on the topic of Animating a Take.
 
iAnimate.net LAB – No. 03 from iAnimate on Vimeo.

Great little bits as always from the Ianimate.net LAB

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JP

Jamaal just posted a Progression of his Animated Shot: Gothel & Rapunzel Disney’s Tangled. Literally from Layout into his 2D posing, Blocking and Splined it’s a great insight into his process and workflow. Thanks to Jamaal for putting it out there and it’s really a great shot!

Progression of an Animated Shot: Gothel & Rapunzel Disney’s Tangled from Jamaal Bradley on Vimeo.

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Here’s the latest from the Ianimate.net LAB on a way that Mike Walling might approach his Animation Blocking. Great insight from a long time animation vet.


iAnimate.net LAB – No. 02 from iAnimate on Vimeo.

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JP

Looks like AnimSchool has released a new rig for the school. A female this time named Marnie. She looks super appealing and I think compliments Malcolm which is really important. I bet like the Malcolm Rig she is fun to use and really flexible.

Have a look at her over at the AnimSchool Blog.
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JP

The Fish Boy Rig has been released head on over and check it out…it’s FREE!

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JP

Looks like a new little feature that Ianimate.net will be releasing to showcase some of the stuff thats happening within the school.

 
Ianimate Vimeo Page

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JP

I found this post the other day and its a great read and insight into another animation workflow. Lots of animators…not just newbies have a hard time defining their workflow and then putting that into text. Jim Levasseur does a great job at it and gives a really great breakdown of his process.

So have a look at some animation workflow.
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JP

found via wjacobgardner.com

The FishBoy Project

Posted on May 16, 2012
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Category : Andy Conroy, FishBoy, Free Rig, The FishBoy Project

Some of you might have seen a bit of this around the intranets and maybe when you visited his site recently from my post on “Tips: Rigging for Animators”. But Andy Conroy has ventured on a great project with a new rig that he will be releasing soon to the public totally free! It’s called FishBoy. He has passed it out a bit for some beta testing and I have been lucky enough to have gotten to play around with it and I really think he has a great character and rig here.

Students and teachers alike should really look into it because I feel it takes the traditional flour sac one step further and puts a real character on it. It could really bridge the gap between students going right from a flour sac to a full-blown character. It has all the the great squash and stretch of the flour sac but with an easy to control facial rig on it. Andy has really chosen to limit the amount of controls being used and maximizing the amount of appeal that you can get with this character. Really great shapes all over the place and the rig is super easy to use.

Andy has already put a quick little motion test up on the blog…click here. Also he has done a little Rig Demo over on his Vimeo Page. The Rig will be getting released in the next couple of weeks and I am looking forward to seeing it out there when people get a hold of it and see the same appeal I am seeing! There is another important aspect to The FishBoy Project as well when you visit the site you’ll read all about it…and here’s a little bit from his post about it

” In a few short weeks Fish Boy will be released from this site as a free download and for those downloading this rig I ask that you consider giving to Fish Boy’s Kiva account. (What is Kiva? It’s an awesome non-profit with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Read more about Kiva here.)

For some of us, working is about finding happiness and for some it’s just about feeding your family. If in a couple weeks you find yourself in the first catagory, consider helping out the second.

Love, Andy and Fish Boy”

So altogether it sounds like a great project and I’m excited for all of the possibilities. I will be sure to keep everyone posted on the release!

Enjoy!
JP

It’s been a while since I posted the “Squash and Stretch (Part 1)” from The Temple of Seven Golden Camels. So I just wanted to follow up with Part 2 and now Part 3 of the Squash and Stretch.

Part 2 talks about Squash and Stretch in your drawings…it reminded me of the post I did on “Posing in Animation” when I talked about the Complex vs Simple shapes in your posing. Interesting stuff.

And then on to Part 3 this really talks about using Squash and Stretch as part of the caricature in the animation. Almost knowing how far you can push a character before the audience notices.
Check it out some… good info. I am constantly learning how to use Squash and Stretch correctly and also when not to use it. I think as with most of the Animation Principles your understanding of them and how to use them will evolve as you evolve in animation.
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JP

Tips: Rigging for Animators

Posted on April 27, 2012
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Category : Uncategorized

One of my buddies recently put a post up about some of the things to consider when rigging a character. He writes about appeal in a character and how that translates to rigging. Great little nuggets in there. Having worked with him for a few years Andy was always able to push his characters the furthest to get the most appeal out of them. He always challenged me to do the same and I learned a ton in the process. Check out his reel and see some of what I mean.

 
Andrew Conroy Reel 2011 from Andrew Conroy on Vimeo.

So here is the post I was chatting about.
Rigging for Animators – Tips

Have a look around. Much more to come!
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JP

Another Great little short from Birdbox Studio. They are always able to get a ton of great appeal in such simple animations.

Im sure you remember some of their previous

Guard

Blues

Singing Hedgehogs

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JP

Man! Just watching this reel as an animator makes me drool a little. The animator tools for these characters are amazing. Martin Orlowski is a Lead Character TD over at Aardman Animation. The characters are from their film The Pirates.

Have a look at his reel click on the image or here. He also has a page about the tools where he breaks down each of them…pretty amazing stuff!

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JP

I watched the Jeff Gabor webinar when AnimSchool offered it a while back and for those of you that missed it…AnimScool Blog has ben re-posting bits of great nuggets on from it.

have a look…great stuff!
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JP

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