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August

22
August
2012

Don't Play It Safe

A way to think about pushing - your animation and yourself.

Don't Play It Safe

Now that the spring/summer workshop has ended and we are all on break for a bit, I get to do three things. 1) Go to bed early. 2) Browse the new collection of student reels and feel woefully inadequate. And 3) attempt to recall what the most frequent advice was that I gave over the previous fourteen weeks, and decide what I might do to build a lecture around that topic.

 

This last block I had two frequently occurring broad notes; “Animate from the core,” and “Don’t play it safe.”  Animating from the “core” requires a lot of explanation and example, so I may tackle that in a future post.  

 

Let me, however, try to describe what I mean when I suggest to an animator not to be “safe.”...

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10
August
2012

Blog Roundup! (8/10)

A few interesting things from the AnimBlog-o-sphere.

It's nice to see animators sharing their tips, tricks, and treasures out there.  I thought it might be cool to start sharing some sites and posts on a somewhat regular basis...

 

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08
August
2012

Specialist v. Generalist

Does either path make you a better animator?

Specialist v. Generalist

I recently asked this question as a Facebook post: “Which do you find more valuable - to be ‘specialized’ in your craft (animation, modeling, rigging, etc.)? or, to be an all around ‘generalist’?”  I like asking this question a lot, actually, to get a feel for where the industry is going.  It’s an old habit from a time when I was just learning what I wanted to pursue and how to make money as an artist...

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02
August
2012

Animation Lightbulbs!

Never forgetting those Ah-ha! moments along the way.

Animation Lightbulbs!

It's progress reel review week here at iAnimate, the week where all workshop members who are interested in advancing to the next class put together a reel of the animation they created during the 14-week block and post it for all to see.  Its such an inspiring and entertaining time browsing the various videos, from the most foundational bouncing ball to the most sophisticated and cinematic scenes.

 

Its also inspirational, and a bit nostalgic, to read the outpouring of student gratitude for their teachers and their peers. It always reminds me of some of the lightbulb moments I had while first learning...

 

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