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Artists & Inspiration

Paul Moschell

I am really into character design lately. Paul Moschell is an artist whose simplicity in design reminds me of when I worked in video games. There is a distinct style to his work and I love his color choices. There is sweet and yet melancholy feel to his art too. I love anything that changes my mood simply by looking at it. Animation should also make you feel something to be good!– Angie…

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Animated Features & Animators & CG & Sketches & Traditional

Stuart Little

Rob Minkoff drew this for me.I had to totally redo a shot because they had re-edited the sequence …and it was his way of saying thank you.Hell, I didn’t care, I was just so happy to be animating!!! Stuart Little was one of my most favorite shows, because it was a sequel. When you work on a sequels everyone KNOWS who (the character) IS! In this case – the mouse – had already been through one movie and so the…

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Artists & Inspiration

The Art of Chase

This is Angie! I have to teach Jamie how to blog!!!!Anyways…there is a muralist in my neighborhood who is an amazing artist… …But he is also full of inspirational messages like “remember who you are”“you are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth”“know yourself” Chase’s Website Chase’s Blog this mural is right on my street, I see it everyday and it makes me smile I find inspiration everywhere, but this guy uses his art to make people think. That makes…

Funny & Inspiration & Muppets

Kermit’s Mystery Box

Angie again…I have to say the cookie monster makes me giggle like a little girl. Did someone say muppets? I know this has little to do with animation directly…but if I had understood when I was little that being a muppeteer was a job?!! Well, I dunno, I probably would be out of work right now, but that is not the point. Okay seriously. We talk about animating dialog in the book and one thing these muppeteers understood is to…

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Artists & Blogs & Concept Artists & Traditional

Darin McGowan

Angie here! What can I say…I love this guy. Darin is one of our contributors for the book and I will bring up each of the contributors once in a while, so you can get a sense of the folks that helped us make the book great! He has a brain like a magic box and you never what characters or stories will come out of there. He is also one of the few people out there that loves the…

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Animated Television & Animators & Stephen Spielberg & Tim Burton & Traditional

Family Dog

I had to say something here about Family Dog. It’s one of my all-time favorite animations. It just crazy fun (especially when the puppy is so full he can barely move…) but the characters, story and the designs are just so lovely. The staging of the shots are really nice too, like from the dog’s POV and watch for the 360 that just never ends… amazing cinematic storytelling. Think of the planning that took in 2D? So, if you haven’t…

CG & Traditional


Thinking Animation: Bridging the Gap Between 2D and CG Welcome to Angie and Jamie’s Journal for Thinking Animation. This is where we will share our experiences with you by posting images, sketches, screen grabs and thoughts that support the content of the book. The journal will be updated weekly, and we encourage you to leave comments regarding the content posted.. Thanks,   -Angie and Jamie    …