Hero's Journey & Inspiration & Learning & Traditional

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.…

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

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…

Behind the Scenes & CG & Learning & Tutorials

Shane Olson – Beginner Zbrush Training: Creating a Simple Cartoon Character

Learn how to digitally sculpt a Cartoon Frog (and Fly) with Zbrush!  Create parts using Dynamesh and Insert Mesh brushes. Also, learn how to pose your character using the transpose tool. Lastly, use polypaint to add color to your character. By the end of this course, you should have the general knowledge to build your own simplistic, cartoon character from scratch using Zbrush.…

Behind the Scenes & CG & Geek Stuff & Learning

What It Is Like To Be An Animator

Animating Mei’s Frosty 🙂 Highlight Intro Recording of David Gibson’s animation process for animating Mei’s “Frosty” Highlight Intro from Overwatch in Autodesk Maya. This video was originally made and presented as part of the Overwatch Exhibit in Blizzard’s Irvine Museum. Character Design by: Arnold Tsang Character Model by: Renaud Galand Character Rig by: Dylan Jones Technical Support and Workflow Tools by: Lan Fang & Dylan Jones. Overwatch Animation Team: Ryan Denniston, Jesse Davis, Michael Biancalana, Matt Boehm, Adam York, David…

Learning & Nuke & Software & Traditional

After Effects to Nuke 101 – A Tutorial by BenQ

Many of my students lean on After Effects and it is quite easy to learn but also Ae has limits once you learn the basics of compositing. Ae is a good as a general application. If you are serious about compositing you should really learn Nuke. This video is sponsored by Benq. This is a brand new series specifically created to help you transition from After Effects to Nuke. In this first video we do a basic introduction to get you…