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Pixar's Free Online Tutorials

Pixar has released a free online course to explain the science and technology behind its approach to making computer-generated animated films. The interactive course covers most of the math-based aspects of the production pipeline, such...Show More Summary

Sam Nielson

Concept artist and illustrator Sam Nielson works in a lively, cartoony style, in which he almost seems to be rendering caricatures of his already far-out imaginary characters. Nielson combines his springy drawing style with a digital painting approach that pays great attention to the lighting of his subjects — sometimes dramatic, other times muted and […]

New Illustration History Website

Last weekend the Norman Rockwell Museum introduced a new illustration history website, which provides an rich resource for fans, collectors, and scholars. The website includes capsule summaries of each period of illustration, starting in the Paleolithic, and going all the way through the 20th century decade by decade. Show More Summary

How Tall is Mickey?

When I first saw Fantasia, I was fascinated by the moment when Mickey Mouse shook hands with conductor Leopold Stokowski. The scene is in silhouette—a wise choice that made the rendering both simpler and more dramatic. I also liked the scene because it made clear how big Mickey was in relation to a human. Show More Summary

Master Penman Jake Weidmann

Here's a video about master penman Jake Weidmann (link to video). I just wish the editing gave us a little more time to see his work.

The Artistry of Chuck Jones

(Link to YouTube) Film editor Tony Zhou presents this concise summary of what makes the cartoons of Chuck Jones so memorable. Jones developed from a good director to a great one by refining perfectly timed gags driven by memorable characters.Animation...Show More Summary

Crash Course on Light

Here's a quick overview of the science of light at the subatomic and astronomical level.Crash Course. (Link to video) Thanks, Robnonstop

Graphics Before Photoshop

Art Center teacher Sean Adams explains how graphics were accomplished with physical tools before the digital revolution of Photoshop. (link to YouTube video)For the amount of time he had, it's a pretty good summary, but I wish he had...Show More Summary

Bug Puppet Characters

I fell in love with these comic character puppets, so I wanted to paint them to better understand their design and construction. (Direct link to YouTube video) Collector Mel Birnkrant helped me set them up in front of the sketch easel, and he made them dance for us. Show More Summary

Painting Dan Gurney's "Pepsi Challenger"

When I was in southern California last fall, I painted the "Pepsi Challenger," a Formula 1 race car designed and built by my cousin Dan Gurney and his team back in 1981 (link to YouTube video).Dan let me set up my sketch easel in his museum, and I interviewed him about the car. Show More Summary

Gouache in the Wild, James Gurney

Unfairly overlooked among artists’ mediums, gouache is the neglected stepchild of watercolor — disdained by transparent watercolor purists (who I can’t help but picture as cartoon aristocrats, painting with their pinkie fingers extended), and looked at in confusion by oil and acrylic painters. Show More Summary

Release of Gouache in the Wild

(Link to trailer on YouTube)"Gouache"—hard to spell, but fun to paint with.Today is the release of the new video tutorial about painting on location in gouache, or opaque watercolor. I'll tackle six different subjects, with each episode focusing on a different approach to the medium. Show More Summary

IFX Reviews Tyrannosaurs Video

Review of Tyrannosaurs: Behind the Art, reprinted from ImagineFX Magazine, August 2015 (Rating: 5 out of 5 stars) Dinosaur King / Master illustrator James Gurney educates and delights with an in-depth look at how he created two paintings for Scientific American magazine. Show More Summary

Gobelins students’ animations for Annecy 2014

Each year the graduating animation students from Gobelins, l’école de l’image (Goeblins School of Communications) in Paris are divided into five teams, who produce short (about 1 minute) animations that are used to introduce each day’s programs at the Annecy International Festival of Animation in mid-June. Each year, the Goeblins students refresh my faith in […]

Hand-Drawn Animated Film "Klaus"

Klaus teaser ©2015 Sergio Pablos Animation Studios, S.L. & ANTENA 3 FILMS, S.L.U. All rights reserved(Link to Vimeo video) Sergio Pablos Animation Studios created a teaser for “Klaus,” their latest animated feature film, which is now in financing stage. Show More Summary

Dan Gurney's Sons Drive His Cars at Indy

My cousin Dan Gurney was mighty proud last Sunday when his four sons took some laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in four of his creations. (link to YouTube)

Rare Video of Illustrator Arthur William Brown

Here's a rare archival sound film from 1949, showing Golden-Age illustrator Arthur William Brown (1881-1966) as he tells the story of his career and the principles behind his pictures. (Link to YouTube) He says: "I think I was one of...Show More Summary

Tone Paper Studies

I drew this study from a live model in charcoal and white chalk on brown wrapping paper. It was made in preparation for a National Geographic illustration. I drew the study instead of taking a photo because it's faster. In 20 minutes I had all the essential information I needed. Show More Summary

Rodriguez interviews Del Toro

(Link to video) Movie director Robert Rodriguez has been conducting a series of online interviews with fellow directors. Whether you're a movie fan, a budding filmmaker, or a painter, the interviews are fascinating, because they come...Show More Summary

Last Portrait of Turk

Turk, the gentle giant of a draft horse, died this week. I painted one last portrait of him and made a video tribute (Link to YouTube).He had been losing weight, even on a special rich diet, and one rear leg was so lame that he was almost unable to get up from the ground. Show More Summary

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