I was reading a post over @ Speaking of Animation about Animation Comparison Reels….which is a good read so check it out. I linked to Tom Jech’s page about a shot he did using one of the free Robot rigs out there. He documented his process which I see as a great insight to some animators thought process and posted it on his site.

 Enjoy!
JP

I would highly recommend if you haven’t seen or signed up for the Jeff Gabor workflow webinar that AnimSchool just released head on over to the site and register. They will send you a link and I don’t have to tell you but Jeff is great! He breaks his process down and there are plenty of good nuggets to get from this webinar.

Enjoy!
JP

Acting Reference Sites

Posted on September 13, 2011
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Category : Acting Reference, Andrew Root, Kyle Kenworthy, Vimeo

Hey Everybody

There are a couple of great sites I’ve been meaning to post about that have some great Acting Reference for those of us that can’t get enough. One by Kyle Kenworthy and the other is created by Andrew Root. They are both on Vimeo and Andrews is a group where I believe you can upload your own acting ref that you may have stored.

 
                               Acting Reference Videos on Vimeo

Have a look around and enjoy!
JP

Soundboard

Posted on September 7, 2011
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Category : animation clips, audio clips, sound clips, Soundboard, Spungella

Check it out…very large library of sound clips and well organized. Seems you might be able to record your own as well.

Enjoy!
JP

found via Spungella

New Blog: Anim School

Posted on August 16, 2011
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Category : AnimSchool, AnimSchool Blog

AnimSchool has a new blog for the site and a recently uploaded a video with samples from some of the Animation Principles Lectures.

Seems like its going to keep everybody updated with what the school is up to.
Check it out
Enjoy!
JP

Frame by Frame

Posted on August 10, 2011
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Category : 2D Animation, Frame by Frame, Timing in Animation, tumblr

Great little site called Frame by Frame a co-worker passed along. Lots of small clips that layout frames and then put them together in a gif. Lots of fun! Good little reference for timing.

Enjoy!
JP

Found this great post over at The Josh Blog about Animation and Acting. He talks about internalizing with the characters that he is animating and has a review about some acting DVD’s. He really goes into what bringing a lifeless character to life is all about. At first, as we are learning, we try to find the best poses to convey the acting and then try to layer in the little nuances that characters have in real life to give them that feeling that they are real. Josh talks about thinking further than just your poses.

Every body know about Jeff Gabor’s comparison reels from Horton and Ice Age. He shows a good look at trying to get into the character head.

Head on over to Josh’s Blog and check out the post on Acting and Animation…some great food for thought.
Enjoy!
JP

some more links for this topic

Animation Arena
Acting Reference via The Time Sheet
Jason Martinson comparison reel

more to follow soon

This short was going around at work called Ormie and thought I should post it cause it was super entertaining. I then in turn Googled where I could find it and it brought me to a little site called Short of the Week. Sweet site with lots of short films not just animated. BUT Ormie was created by Starz Media.

Great little film!
Enjoy!
JP

Saw a great post over on Spungella, that shows good insight to Peter Nagy’s animation workflow. I think that it is always super important to see other animators workflows. You might not always get a ton out of it but if you just take one thing and try it or add it to your current workflow you might find that it adds to what you are already doing in a positive way. My workflow professionally has really changed over the past 2.5yrs working in the industry and I am still constantly tweaking it.

Animation Workflow

Have a look around and check it out over on to his blog and where he has most of his process.
Enjoy
JP

Ok…I’ve been holding off on this post till the both of them were released and today is the day! Both Ken Fountain and Jamaal Bradley released Video Tutorials found over in the STORE section of the jrawebinar site.
They are  both Ianimate.net instructors and I had Ken for my first block of classes for Ianimate and it was a great experience. He is super insightful when it comes to acting and dialogue…he is an extremely talented animator and multi-talented in the arts. His lectures always made me think about my acting choices and pushed them to be the best. It doesn’t hurt that he has some improv acting in his background, so I have no doubt that these video tutorials are going to be great! I have also recently bought Jamaal’s tutorial and well worth the time and money. I never had him as an instructor but within Ianimate I was able to watch his lectures and critiques all the time. He definitely stood out to me right away with his passion for animation. He really pushed the animators to get the best possible work and was always super thorough and clear in his feedback. Watching his process of breaking down an acting shot, I found super detailed and informative and picked up some new tips of how to improve my own workflow. He is an industry vet that has always prided himself on doing great animation work and it shows!


“…from Planning to Polish…” Promo Trailer from Jamaal Bradley on Vimeo.
“…from Planning to Polish…” is a 3 hour,  3 part video that takes a shot from planning to final presentation.  Using 8 steps, the videos demonstrates one of the workflows I use when I am working.

So head on over and check them out!
Really Enjoy!
JP

What a great little addition to the Blog Roll…found this blog that post smear frames from every type of animation out there. Blog was created by Michael J. Ruocco.

Enjoy
JP

found via cartoon brew

Hey Everyone

David Gallagher..creator of AnimSchool has just released a new promotional video about the school. It seems better and better the more I see of it! You can also see a snip-it of the rig demo over at  the 3D Appeal Blog, that shows off a bit of the rig….it looks AMAZING!! You can visit the AnimSchool site as well and check out everything you need to know about the school: pricing, class schedule and the instructors.

So head on over and check it out…looks like another great school!
Enjoy
JP

Fun with Color and Maya

Posted on June 8, 2011
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Category : Maya scripts, Phillip Hall

A quick post to send you all over to get some color in your timeline tics for maya. Head on over to my bud Phillip Hall’s blog. He wrote a quick post about how to change your keys to different colors in maya, complete with a Mel Script.

Check out the rest of his blog…great stuff all around.
Enjoy!
JP

I ran into this site a while back but just getting around to posting on this great reference. Scott Eaton shows off his Artistic Anatomy, Digital Sculpture and VFX. There is a category over on the side under Courses & Reference titled: Bodies in Motion Image Library. He has a ton of images of single frames of motion all put next to each other to show you the break-down of the motion.

So have a look around and check out some cool ref.
Enjoy!
JP

So there is a Youbtube channel called The Slow Mo Guys and lots of vids of them slowing down everything…in the front and backflip ones you really get a sense of the motion and how the sense of balance comes into play with doing a weight exercise. Maybe next time you use reference video a good idea might be to play it at half speed or even a quarter of the speed.

Enjoy!
JP

found via animationaac.blogspot.com

Jason Ryan has just released a new 6 part series of downloadable webinars titled The Four Legged Series.

Jason Ryan:

“What I wanted to do in this series is cover how I approach animating four legged actions from concept to completion.  Just like my Tutorials at jasonryananimation.com, I start from scratch and animate each action in 2D for every single frame.  So whether you are doing your shots in 2D, CG or Stop-Motion you will be able to follow along from the Blocking stage all the way through to adding overlap on tails and ears.  I want to keep the price really low so that everyone can afford them.  On Jasonryananimation each tutorial ranges from $40 to $100 each.  For this series I am giving you all six tutorials together in one download for just $39.99.”

I haven’t had a chance to look at these yet but I’ve seen how Jason approaches quadrupeds from a few earlier jrawebinars and it is truly an easy to grasp workflow.

Have a look! Great Price!
Enjoy

JP

Here comes another great post on Staging and Silhouette. It’s a very lengthy post on the Flooby Nooby blog.

 
Line of Action

Enjoy!
JP

found via chrisboyoko.blogspot

Just saw this post on Posing and Body language. Samy really breaks this down from anatomy to appeal, composition and the different types of action that result in the poses we get.

Posing and Body Language

It’s a three part read

Tutorial: Posing and Body Language – Part 1

Tutorial: Posing and Body Language – Part 2

Tutorial: Posing and Body Language – Part 3

Samy Fecih’s reel

Have a look great tutorial

enjoy!

JP

 found via chrisboyoko.blogspot

 

Hey Everyone

iAnimate.net just put out it’s first promotional video. Check it or head on over to iAnimate.net to learn more.


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.

enjoy
JP

Hey Everyone

Just wanted to point you in the direction of a great blog I visit time to time call Dailymotion by Yoni Goodman. He makes quick 2D animation tests almost on a daily basis. It seems a great amount of work. They are not only entertaining but also inspiring in many ways.

Hope you enjoy
JP

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