Learning & Materials

Winsor & Newton introduce the new MasterClass series

“It’s free to all and will be a first-of-its-kind tutorial running throughout the year, filling a crucial gap in artistic education: the behaviours and properties of the mediums themselves. Aimed at fine art students, these short tutorial videos unlock the secrets of colour and chemistry and set the viewer on the path to true mastery of the field.” Winsor & Newton’s heritage spans an impressive 184 years. It’s a heritage founded on innovation, dedication, and the tireless pursuit of perfection…

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Facial Animation & Learning

19 Smiles and Only 6 Are for Happiness

BBC Future Tells Us Why Smiles Are Not All The Same Our grins are not as simple as they seem. There are a myriad different ways to smile – and some of them can conceal some less than happy feelings. Of 19 different types of smile, only six occur when we’re having a good time. The rest happen when we’re in pain, embarrassed, uncomfortable, horrified or even miserable. A smile may mean contempt, anger or incredulity, that we’re lying or that…

Animated Shorts & Hero's Journey & Inspiration & Learning

The Hero’s Journey according to Joseph Campbell – video by Matthew Winkler and Kirill Yeretsky

View the full video and lesson at: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-makes-… What trials unite not only Harry Potter or Frodo Baggins but many of literature’s most interesting heroes? And what do ordinary people have in common with these literary heroes? Matthew Winkler takes us step-by-step through the crucial events that make or break a hero. Lesson by Matthew Winkler, animation by Kirill Yeretsky.…

2D & Hero's Journey & Inspiration & Learning

Winning the Story Wars – The Hero’s Journey

Here’s part two of the video series that accompanies Jonah Sachs’ new book, “Winning the Story Wars.” Discover how digital tools are returning humanity to a new oral tradition and what kinds of stories will work in this new era of empowerment marketing. Inspired by Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, Sachs lays out a story model any brand or cause can use to get its message heard, and explains why stories must be not just told, but lived.…

2D & Action Analysis & Anim Talk & Animated Television & Behind the Scenes & Cartoony & Geek Stuff & Genndy Tartakovsky & Inspiration & Learning & Limited Anim

The Artistry Of ‘Samurai Jack’

If you were watching Cartoon Network in the late ’90s and early 2000s, you probably have Genndy Tartakovsky to thank for some of your favorite cartoons. But one of his cartoons stands above the rest as a visual and animated masterpiece — “Samurai Jack.” With it’s unique drawing style, distinct minimalist feel, and perfectly choreographed action sequences “Samurai Jack” has gone down as a seminal work in cartoon history. Never having received the ending it deserved, “Samurai Jack” is finally…

CG & Learning & Resources & Tutorials

Tutorials by Chiara Porri

Italian freelance animator Chiara Porri has a alot of great tutorials to help you on your way! Check out her blog!   Tutorial #04 – How to create a Bouncing Ball from Chiara Porri on Vimeo. Tutorial #04 How to Animate a Character Turn from Chiara Porri on Vimeo. Female Walk Cycle – Workflow Tutorial from Chiara Porri on Vimeo. Run Cycle – Tutorial from Chiara Porri on Vimeo. Action, Walk & Run Test – wip01 from Chiara Porri on Vimeo.…

CG & Geek Stuff & Inspiration & Learning & MASH & Software

Maya 2017 for Motion Graphics

I have been playing with the new MASH tools for Motion Graphics and design in Maya 2017 and am really impressed. Currently, I am working on a piece for the Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live 3 show at USC. I will post when the piece has been shown there here for you all to see. the final output is over 6k wide to be projected on 4 screens. Maya 2017 for Motion Graphics from Autodesk Media and Entertainment…