Hey Everybody

Some exciting news coming out of Studio Technique in Montreal! Andreas Deja will be teaching a Master Class for Animation Professionals, Students or Enthusiasts. You might have heard of Andreas as a Legend in the Animation field and he has been an Animator over at Disney for 30 YEARS! This Master Class is a rare and exciting opportunity for anyone to sign up and get some great access and insight into an AMAZING animator. Classes like these are not often offered to most of us and it is a great opportunity for people to come and get some one on one feedback.

Where: Hyatt Regency Montreal
When: June 2nd, 2012
Why: to raise the bar on feature film quality animation and classical drawing

Here is some more info about the Master Class and  Samantha Youssef which is the Artistic Director at  Studio Technique, that the great folks over there have sent me.

This is news Because!

1) it’s highly unusual for animation artists of this caliber to come to Montreal: generally they present in NYC, LA, Tokyo, Paris, or Toronto. Andreas Deja has worked at Disney for 30 years and on several academy award winning pictures. He has a huge international fan base. We are expecting visitors from around the world.

2) it’s the first open-to-the-public MasterClass that Andreas has done. For many animation industry professionals and aspiring artists still in school, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This event is geared towards animation industry professionals, students or enthusiasts.

Samantha Youssef is the Artistic Director of Studio Technique, an artistic training studio now celebrating 2 years of operation, located in downtown Montreal. The studio offers courses in drawing and animation for all levels from beginners to professionals. In addition, her studio presents world-class events with the goal of raising the standard of animation and drawing in Montreal to that of other more-established centers like Toronto and Los Angeles. This event will help to fund the next phase of the studio, which is to build a world-class feature animation production house in Montreal.

Samantha, on the subject of declining draftsmanship in the animation industry:

“The sad truth is that drawing skills, real draftsmanship, is not being provided by animation and gaming studios today. The legends of animation like Andreas, Glen Keane and the older generation of the Nine Old Men, were rigorously trained at Disney by masters of drawing, who in turn had been mentored by the artists who came before them. The skills and best practices were handed down in a structured master/apprentice arrangement that was integrated into their workday. They spent years honing their drawing skills in life drawing classes. They studied animation techniques from the past, determined to learn as much as they could at every opportunity.

So if you’re serious about animation as a career, regardless of whether you’re in gaming, advertising or feature films, you need to seek out training that will stretch and challenge you and push you to the next level so that your artistic reputation grows, and you are sought out for projects that give you the chance to leave your mark. 

You also need a regular dose of inspiration. And there’s just nothing like being in a room full of like-minded people, watching a legendary animator create great art before your eyes in real time to keep that flame of motivation burning brightly. It gives you new energy and hope. It’s the best way to avoid getting stale and feeling demoralized. 

Our mission is to provide that level of artistic training, through classes and special events like this one. We schedule them around the work week so that professionals can get to them. We make sure they qualify as 100% tax deductions so that professional artists can afford them.  And we aim high. Really high. We bring in teachers of the highest caliber from around the world, people that would never normally come to Montreal, because we believe that exposure to world-class training is required, not just desired, if your goal is to become a world-class animator.”

So head on over to the Studio Technique website and check out the school. It looks amazing and I have had the benefit of attending some of Samanthas’ Online Lectures for Life Drawing. She is an amazing artists and really an expert in the field. She has a passion for life drawing that I have not seen in an instructor in a REAL long time. I have enjoyed listening and re-watching her lectures over and over because there is so much information in there that will only help my skills in the future.

This workshop is going to be amazing and well worth the trip!
Here is a link about the Seminar here and you can sign up there as well. Get in soon to make sure that you secure a spot!



Posted on March 15, 2012
Category : 500, Animators Resource, Followers

Animators Resource today just hit the BIG 500 followers mark. I just wanted to say thanks for all of the great comments and emails regarding the blog and thanks to all of you that continue to visit. This site is really for you the animator, the artist and I will continue to try and put as much out there to help in anyway that I can.

Thanks again!

I came across this great little post over at Cassie Wards’ Blog, Artistry Gone Awry. This post has some great information regarding the mechanics and breakdown of our Gait. The Youtube vid at the bottom has a really nice  breakdown of a runners Gait.


Just wanted to share some good posts on different ideas in how to solve or show TJ’s approach to animating cameras and his preferences he likes in Rigs.


Well this news is just out…all following info from the Ianimate Newsletter!

“After all the hard work and popular demand, we are proud to announce our new iAnimate Games Workshop series that will begin in May 7th 2012.

Richard “Ric” Arroyo (Lead Animator) has designed the curriculum and has head hunted top professional animators from different gaming studios to be your Instructors.   They will share the knowledge, experience and techniques that they have used to create some of the most thrilling games. The primary goal of iAnimate games is to teach the principles of animation, but you will also learn the lingo, the process and workflow needed to work at a game-development studio.”

iAnimate Games workshop series from iAnimate on Vimeo.

“iAnimate Games will run parallel to the iAnimate Feature Workshops.  All iA-Game students will have full access to the iAnimate site including all rigs, lectures, demos, forums, software and Rhinohouse.com discounts etc.

IAnimate Games has three Workshops in the series, starting with Workshop 1.  We will be adding the second Game Workshop in September and the third in January 2013.  You must go through these Workshops in sequence because of the specific game animation process. In order to qualify for iAnimate Games you must submit a reel with a good understanding of body mechanics.  David Hubert (iA instructor and Dreamworks Animator)  will review your reel and will email you with instructions on how to secure your place.  There is a very limited number of places available so if you’re ready, come and join us on this great adventure.”

Head on over to Ianimate.net or on Vimeo and check out the new workshops!

Pretty nice 2D splash tutorial I came across today. What a neat way to make a tutorial fun and interesting! Head over to bitey.com to learn more and even check out a game they are working on.


found via animationmonsters

Hey Everyone

Just watched a quick video from Animation Mentor and Lead Animator at ILM, Peter Kelly about Exaggeration in Animation.

                                 Animation Mentor Newsletter

Some great stuff on how you can put exaggeration in realistic creature stuff as well.

Azureus Rising

Posted on January 19, 2012
Category : Azureus Rising, Black Sun Entertainment, Body Mechanics

I know this has been out for a bit but I just recently watched it again and couldn’t get over the amazing Body Mechanics in this short. Great job to the team at Black Sun Entertainment. They have a great site up that shows some of the Making Of, so head on over and check it out. Otherwise enjoy the film.

AZUREUS RISING from David Weinstein on Vimeo.


New Ken Fountain Video Lecture

Posted on January 12, 2012
Category : jrawebinar, Ken Fountain, Webinar
Hey Everyone

Ken Fountain just released another Video Lecture or at the jrawebinar STORE.

Ken Fountain: “Attitudes and Acting Beats” (teaser) from Ken Fountain on Vimeo.

For those of you who purchased the last Video Tutorial by Ken, then you already know this is pretty much a no-brainer. This one isn’t quite as long so the price is only $10.99!
So head on over and check it out!

Enjoy…I know I will!

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”


Mark Westbrook a Senior Acting Coach in Scotland has put together a great and little entertaining video on his Top 10 Acting Tips. Check out his blog as well The Acting Blog.

Great Ref!

Great little use of simple animation


I saw a post over on Animopus about Tippett Studio’s new animated short Mutant Land. They found it over on Ain’t It Cool.com where Tippett gave them exclusive access to the initial release of Mutant Land. It is really original and has an amazing feel to the creativity that is all over the short.

Head on over and check it out…it’s a fun watch!

AnimScool Webinar: Tom Bancroft

Posted on December 16, 2011
Category : AnimSchool, Free Webinar, Tom Bancroft

Head on over to the AnimSchool site and check out the Webinar by Tom Bancroft. He is a Disney animator with tons of experience. Tom’s reel click here.

From the site:
“Tom Bancroft has over 25 years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature animation where he was an animator for 11 years. He has been nominated for Annie and Rueben awards.

At Disney, Bancroft had the opportunity to animate on 10 animated feature films, 5 animated shorts, and numerous commercials. Some of the films include, “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King,” “Aladdin”, and “Mulan”. Bancroft was also a character designer and director for Big Idea Productions. His popular character design book, “Creating Characters with Personality” is used by art schools all over the world. Additionally, Bancroft has illustrated over 50 children’s books.”

 There is only 5 days  left for the public to view it so go over and get the link!

Thanks for the link Dave Gallagher

A nice walk cycle tutorial by Kyle Balda. It’s a look into his 3D Animation Master Classes that you can find online here.

Kyle’s description:

“A real time demo of how to approach animating a basic 3D walk cycle using Maya. This is primarily intended to suggest a methodology for getting all the channels of movement worked out before doing the final polish and mix.”


found via Spungella

Great little nugget of info from AnimSchool Instructor and DreamsWorks animator JP Sans. JP goes through the process of weight and balance in a walk.

Great little vids all over the AnimSchool Blog

Check it out!

This is an update to a previous post on the Graph Editor Redux tool. The owner has released an update plugin for both Maya 2011 and 2012. Have a look over on Creative Crash. It is a great tool and now available for current versions!

He has also released a new version of Digital Pose Test and you can get it there as well and a tutorial at the bottom.

DPT Tutorial 1 from cgjedi on Vimeo.

Have a look

iAnimate.net 2011 show reel

Posted on November 28, 2011
Category : Animation Show Reel, ianimate.net

The new show reel for Ianimate.net is out. Have a look and have a look at the school.

iAnimate.net 2011 show reel from iAnimate on Vimeo.


Some might know already and some have not yet heard but the Malcolm Rig is now FREE and available both in SoftImage and Maya. I’ve been messing around with it and MAN…I haven’t even had time to get into all the goodies of this rig. He is super appealing and I believe that’s what Dave Gallagher wanted. I’ve heard him say that it has been his passion and dream to release a free rig like this that has all of this AMAZING capabilities. So head on over to the AnimSchool site and you see the Malcolm Image or just click here. He has also put up a forums page where you can give feedback and receive tips on the rig and it’s already up and running. Also check out the “How To” video for Malcolm. It should explain most stuff. It’s in the forum section or over on YouTube.

Don’t forget to go to the Download Agreement and then you’ll be all set.
Enjoy! I certainly am!

Here’s a great little post on squash and stretch. Head on over to Temple of the Seven Golden Camels and check it out. There are tons of great posts that you can spend countless hours on…this is just one.



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