Friday, September 30, 2011

Gear change reference

Awesome emotional change when the kid here's the song he likes! Watch the clip here!

Thursday, September 29, 2011


I have to rant.

This is about stealing.

I know, I know, a lot of you are rolling your eyes after reading this. But come on. Seriously?

Most animators in my workshops want to work at Pixar, yet on their hard drives or thumb drives the majority of ripped or downloaded movies are Pixar movies. They've heard my rants many times but I ask again.

You want to learn from Pixar teachers. You want to work there. But you don't have $9 to buy the DVD?

Don't you want to support the company so that they can continue to make their movies, so that you can one day work there? Sure, that's a simplistic view, but I really don't get it. It's not going to break your bank and you support your peers.

You're stealing! I know, I sound like an old fart, but hey.

It's so easy nowadays to get things for free but out of all the things, as an animator, wouldn't you at least support the animation industry?

But this is not what prompted this post. It was an email from Jamaal Bradley. His "From Planning to Polish" tutorial is $29.99 and it's a great tutorial, well worth the money.

Yet in his email he explains that people have been passing along the quicktime tutorial, which forces him now to change his ways of delivering his tutorials to people.

And that just pissed me off.

Seriously? You can't afford to buy something for $29.99?

A fellow animator is working hard to produce something in order to help other people. But none of that matters. Just like movies, or music or whatever is easily copied and ripped, why pay for it?

I know this is a useless rant, but I still had to rant. Out of all the things, you don't even support your own industry.


Animation Mentor - Creatures class01 by Aulo Licinio

Nice creature work!

Animation Mentor - Creatures class01 from aulo licinio on Vimeo.

Moonshine: Artists after dark

Thanks Alexis for the tip!

Moonshine : Artists after dark from alexis wanneroy on Vimeo.

DreamWorks first personal art publication, Moonshine, was conceived as an opportunity to highlight the breath of artistic development talent at Dreamworks.
This short documentary gives you a sneak peek into the personal works from the artists.

Directed by Alexis Wanneroy & Christophe Lautrette
Artists : Sam Michalp, Nicolas Weis, Christian Schellewald, Paul Duncan, Marcos Mateu, Nathan Fowkes
Special appearance from Jeffrey Katzenberg

Moonshine book :
Produced by Angela Lepito
Published by Design Studio Press
Edited by Christophe Lautrette & Pierre-Olivier Vincent

Music by Drew Barefoot - The forest in bloom

Animation Tutorials

Over the Summer I've been downloading and watching awesome animation tutorials and highly recommend them to you.

First, you got Jason Ryan's tutorials at (and there a ton of them there).

There are also webinars available, which kick some serious butt! If you go to, you have a great selection:

Jason Ryan Four Legged Series

Ken Fountain Animating a Basic Acting Shot

Jamaal Bradley acting shot walk-through

There's a lot more to check out, so don't miss it!

A Monster in Paris - Trailer

Rio - "Samba Parade" Blu Animation

Nice work by Isaak Fernandez (thanks Christian for the tip!)

Rio - "Samba Parade" Blu Animation from Isaak Fernandez on Vimeo.

youanimator community

Head over to and check out what they're offering! Here some info about it:

What is YouAnimator?
YouAnimator is a place to showcase your demo-reel or short animation! Stop sending your demos to studios to add to their pile of CDs and video tapes. If you are an aspiring animator – eager to be discovered, this is your page. Our goal is to create a central site on which the world’s best character animators can show off their demo reels – and be discovered – may they be in India, Argentina, Norway, Iceland, the US or any place in the world.

What’s YouAnimator’s purpose?
Our purpose is to help you achieve your dreams as an animator actor: to be discovered as a character animator. Here you can create your own portfolio page – and send its URL to friends and collegues and companies. YouAnimator is also a site where you can learn from each other and each other’s work. There is a LEARNING menu button that will take you to the SWEATBOX – page. The Sweatbox is where your work-in-progress can be critiqued by others. And we’ll give you some tools to practice your trade. We’ve uploaded a few animatable character rigs (under DOWNLOAD) that you can use to create short animations with.

They also offer two rigs and multiple sets for download!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ni No Kuni TGS Stage Presentation

This looks so good! Gameplay footage at the 3:12 mark (trailer at the beginning of the clip).

Scar pencil tests

Besides the general awesomeness, I love the head movements!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Simon Irvine August 2011 Animation Reel

The Norman parts cracked me up!!

Simon Irvine August 2011 Animation Reel from Simon Irvine on Vimeo.

Reelbarrow - Reel Animation Inspiration

If you head over to you get a list of tons of awesome animation reels you can check out.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits - new trailer

Age of Empires Online - Full Cinematic Trailer

Thanks Le Roy for the tip!

Thomas BECKER - Demoreel 2011 - Animation (creatures)

Thomas BECKER - Demoreel 2011 - Animation (creatures) from Thomas BECKER on Vimeo.

Enid by Leanne Towers

Enid from Leanne Towers on Vimeo.

Animation Scout

Great site with lots of tutorials (via onanimation) and a free rig!

Head over to, the TV part is very important. Don't go to Just sayin'.

Acting References post in Italian

Some of my acting reference posts have been translated into Italian! Thanks Eleonora Tiberi!! The posts are:

Die Hard (acting & staging)
The Illusionist
Star Trek Nemesis
The Quiet (cartoony acting)

Head over here for the list.

Down with Richie

Reference: Interpretative Dance

Definitely acting out the words, but the timing and ideas are funny! Thanks Le Roy for the tip! Watch all the clips here.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Gear change reference

All I can say is... holy crap. But it has great emotional changes. :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011