Animated Television & Behind the Scenes & CG & Character Designers & Concept Artists & Geek Stuff & Inspiration & VFX

The Making of Stranger Things with Aaron Sims Creative

With the highly anticipated second series of Netflix cult show Stranger Things set for release this coming Halloween, we caught up with the team at Aaron Sims Creative – the award-winning VFX studio that brought the series’ eerie otherworldly landscapes and terrifying Demogorgon to life.…

Behind the Scenes & Character Designers & Cinematography & Concept Artists & Illustrators & Learning

Movie Geometry – Shaping the Way You Think

Have you ever noticed that villains in a story have pointy features and the lovable characters appear to be round-faced? A new video has revealed why – and how Disney and other filmmakers use the trick to get us to empathize with the hero and hate the villain in movies. It shows how characters such as Darth Vader and Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty have sharp, angular faces made from triangles, while lovable characters such as Baloo from ‘The Jungle Book’ are…

Concept Artists & Contest & Events & ILM

ILM Art Department Challenge

ILM Art Department Challenge THE JOB Brought to you by ILM, Wacom and ArtStation. Hosts: David Nakabayashi, Alex Jaeger, Kilian Plunkett, Doug Chiang, Kevin Jenkins, Yanick Dusseault, Aaron McBride, Stephen Tappin, Christian Alzmann, Amy Beth Christenson, Ryan Church, Thang Le, James Clyne, Jason Horley, Bianca Draghici, Erik Tiemens The Job—Working as a Concept Artist:  Brief Key dates Part 1 Submissions start: 11 July 2016 Part 1 Submissions end: 14 July 2016 (this is not a final deadline. You will have…

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Books & Comics & Concept Artists

How to Draw Sci-Fi Utopias and Dystopias By Prentis Rollins

For all those clear-eyed artists, ages 12 and up, engaging in and reimagining this world, How to Draw Sci-Fi Utopias and Dystopias (Monacelli Studio; September 2016) gives an in-depth look at the process of completing sci-fi illustrations—from the thought behind them to constructing basic forms and objects on paper, converting roughs into finished pencil drawings, inking them in, and coloring them in Photoshop. The book is organized around the perennial distinction between two ways of representing the future in science…

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Animated Features & Behind the Scenes & CG & Concept Artists & Disney & Funny & Geek Stuff

Zootopia Drawings

When you make an animated film, you end up making A TON of drawings. A lot of those drawings are just to help describe how something is constructed or how it should move.  Those drawings can get boring.  So to keep it fun, the Zootopia drawings got weirder and weirder.  Here’s some mildly weird ones. Those drawings can get boring.  So to keep it fun, the Zootopia drawings got weirder and weirder.  Here’s some mildly weird ones.  So to keep…

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Animated Shorts & Animators & CG & Character Designers & Concept Artists & Independent Film Making & Progress Reels & Storyboarding

The Café Kickstarter

The Café is an independent short animated film in Production by Dana Boadway Masson (Director) and Terrence Masson (Producer). Dana has been working with professional animator friends volunteering their considerable skills, while Terrence has been using it as an interdisciplinary teaching project for his students at Northeastern University. A unique and successful collaboration so far! They have launched a Kickstarter to pay professional lighting/comp TD’s and get us wrapped up in time for the 2014 festival circuit. Contact at or on…

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Animators & Character Designers & Concept Artists & Disney & Learning & Sketches & Traditional

Character Performance Workshop

WORKSHOP #6 is on Jan 29 at 05:00 PM – Jan 29 at 07:00 PM (UTC -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Location:  Franklin, Tennessee, United States Event Summary:  A series of character design workshops that Tom Bancroft (Disney Animator – Lion King, Mulan, etc.) is doing. Worth checking out! “Character Performance” CHARACTER PERFORMANCE is job one as an animator/storyteller.  Giving your character a personality that you clearly communicate is the basis of all acting in animation.  With a character…

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Character Designers & Comics & Concept Artists

Spider-Man #1 Comic World Record Auction $657,250

Todd McFarlane 1990 Spider-Man #328 Cover Art brings World Record $657,250+ at Heritage Auctions The highest auction price ever realized for ANY piece of American comic book art; McFarlane’s original cover art for Spider-Man #1 (1990) brings $385,500 as part Shamus Collection of Modern Masterworks BEVERLY HILLS – Todd McFarlane’s original art for The Amazing Spider-Man #328 (Marvel, 1990) brought a World Record $657,250 on July 26 as part of Heritage Auctions’ Signature® Comics and Comic Art Auction in Beverly Hills.…

Rhythm in Animation
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10ThingsToThinkAbout & Animators & Character Designers & Concept Artists & iAnimate & Inspiration & Learning & Sketches & The Book & Tutorials

Learning – Ten Things to Think About – #4 Rhythm

cover of the book Getsure Drawing by Ryan Woodward 10 Things to Think About – from the book Thinking Animation by Angie Jones and Jamie Oliff.   This is one of the lectures I use at the online school  I created this list for my book Thinking Animation to help animators create a clear and solid message with their work.  I will post the 10 Things to Think About over the course of the next 10 weeks.  ~Enjoy! #4…