Sunday, January 31, 2010

Payton Curtis Interview Part 2

Chris Walsh has put up part 2 of his interview with stop motion animator Payton Curtis. Part 1 is here.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Schoolism: Assignment #3, Pt. 1

This week's lectures focused on head construction and caricature.  The first part was to draw a specific person from a photo, as realistic as possible, taking in all the info we can.  Here's my bowler hat guy.
Then we were  toput that photo away and create 3 new caricatured variations side by side on the same page, based on the circle, square, and triangle.  Fun stuff!

Here are just a few other misc. studies.  Check out pickle nose!
 The other half of our assignment will be to begin to add more character, clothing and personality to our Jeckyll/Hyde characters. By week 5 we will then just pick one of those 2 characters to take to completion throughout the nine weeks.  

And this isn't really supposed to be anything, it just came out of trying to customize new brushes.  But it was inspired by Demoiselles D'avignon Pablo Picasso, one of my favorite paintings, which I finally saw 
recently at the MOMA.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Henry Selick Podcast

The Museum of the Moving Image has posted a 76 minute audio interview with Henry Selick that was recorded on November 18 and 19 of last year. You can also download an mp3 of the interview at the link.

Monday, January 25, 2010

How to Modify Norman Rig: Modification Tutorials

Hey Everyone

A good friend of mine pointed me to this blog coming to us from the Academy of Art University. It seems to be started as an Animation Forum for them. I know by now most us us have used or at least seen the Norman Rig (click for previous post on Norman Rig) that they released last year. It's amazing and there is so many different variations of it. Did you ever wonder how??? Well there is some posts on the site that explain just to modify the Norman Rig.

There is three parts:

Part 1 of the Norman Modification Workshop

Part 2 of the Norman Modification Workshop

Part 3 of the Norman Modification Workshop

These are some quick and easy ways to spice him up and doesn't seem to be all that complicated for a great and different end result. Also check out the rest of the AAU Animation Forum for some good animation content.

Also Animation Buffet has a link to download Norman and shows some great ways to modify him.
Check it out here.


BALLOT BOX BUNNY (Warner Bros., 1951)

Watch it (thanks, YouTube):

Now, enjoy the fabulous Warner Bros. style of background art... unashamedly cartoon-eey!