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Elongated In-Betweens

In the 1930s and '40s, animators became fascinated by motion blur effects in fast action photography, and they invented creative ways to simulate it on acetate cels. A 1935 Disney short called "The Tortoise and the Hare" used drybrush effects along the legs' path of action, plus speed lines in the overall direction of the character's motion. Show More Summary

Tobias Stretch's Outdoor Animation

Radiohead - Weird Fishes from Tobias Stretch on Vimeo.Tobias Stretch of Philadelphia builds extravagant sculptures of moss-faced people and bird-winged flying machines. Then he takes them outdoors into forests, fields, and city streets to animate them in stop motion. (Link to Vimeo)Tobias Stretch's websiteVia Cartoon Brew.

Marc Dalessio (update)

Marc Dalessio is an American painter, now living in Croatia, who I first profiled back in 2009, at the recommendation of British painter Julian Merrow-Smith. Dalessio lived in Florence for 20, and during that time studied at Charles H. Cecil Studios, and atelier that traces its heritage to the École Des Beaux-Arts teachings of Jean-Léon […]

Duet, Glen Keane

Renowned animator Glen Keane, best known for his character animation for Disney feature films like Aladdin, Tarzan, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Tangled, has been working with the Google Advanced Technology and Projects Group on one of their new series of interactive animations. In the process, he has created preliminary hand-drawn animation […]

Cuphead Game Trailer

One of the delightful surprises at the recent E3 interactive game expo was the trailer for an upcoming video game called "Cuphead" by developers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer. (Direct link to video) The gameplay is classic run-and-gun with an emphasis on boss battles. Show More Summary

Father and Daughter

Beautiful and subtle, Father and Daughter is a 2000 Dutch animated short (8 minutes) about a daughter remembering her father. Directed, drawn and animated Michael Dudok de Wit, with assistance by Arjan Wilschut and Lisa Flather. There is an interview with Michael Dudok de Wit here. The film uses minimalist design, softly rendered with touches […]

CLEMENTOONS "Troubles with Bubbles"

Direct link to video)Clement sees a poster for a dancing girl, and the story that follows is as old as time.This is episode 14 from the Clementoons adventures. I'm releasing the mini-movies out of order, but this is the first one released.I shot the video on location at Mel Birnkrant's personal museum of comic characters. Show More Summary

Miss Bubbles Poster

On Monday morning, I'll be releasing the first full installment of Clementoons animation, an episode called "Troubles with Bubbles." The video features Clement's encounter with a dancer named Bubbles LaRue. She's ten times Clement's size, and she's the most beautiful and dangerous female in Melville, the world of cartoon people. Show More Summary

OK Go's Artistic Music

For some years now, the band OK Go has been creating music videos that feature unique visual artistry, usually involving long single takes and complicated setups. This latest one, called "The Writing's On the Wall," takes the camera through a warehouse full of optical illusions that materialize and dematerialize as the camera moves position. Show More Summary

"Greg Day" at IMC

Graphic novel artist Greg Ruth (The Lost Boy) made a surprise appearance at Illustration Master Class. When Mike Mignola (Hellboy) saw the sketch I did of Greg, he said "Ruth is human broccoli." The Drybrush Master from Ben Tobin onShow More Summary

Dana Guerrieri

Dana Guerrieri is a visual development artist and illustrator, whose work can simultaneously have a light touch and a dark edge. Her online portfolio is not extensive, but there are more images on her prints page, and a there is a gallery on Concept Art World. She also has a YouTube sample reel.

Hayao Miyazaki animated short

Hayao Miyazaki, director of some of the most fantastic and beautifully executed animated feature films in history, is not known for creating short films. According to io9, this animated short, which has recently become available on Vimeo, was an exercise to break a creative block Miyazaki experienced while working on Princess Mononoke. The film was […]

Book Review: The Lost Notebook

I recently received a copy of the new book The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic. The large hardbound book of 292 pages is a facsimile reproduction of a detailed scrapbook kept by Herman Schultheis,...Show More Summary

CLEMENTOONS: Behind the Scenes

I'd like to introduce a behind-the-scenes tour of CLEMENTOONS, the animation technique I've been developing to tell the story of Clement. (Direct link to YouTube video)Clement is a bold little guy, but he's always getting himself into trouble. Show More Summary

Animation Title Cards

When I was developing a title card design for the CLEMENTOONS series, I looked at a lot of the opening graphics that inspired me as a kid. Most of my favorites were from the Golden Age of American Animation in the 1930s and '40s. When a cartoon started with the Looney Tunes titles it made my heart race with anticipation--still does. Show More Summary

Courtroom Sketch Artist

Courtroom Sketch Artist on Vimeo.The New York Times produced this video profile of Texas courtroom sketch artist Gary Myrick.The survival of the profession depends on the prohibition of cameras in the courtroom. As cameras get less obtrusive, those prohibitions are eroding. Show More Summary

Reality, Enhanced by Animation

Storyboard artist Marty Cooper, also known as Hombre McSteez, had a viral hit on his hands this week with his compilation of short videos that he made for Instagram. In each one, he holds up drawings made on transparent cels in front of a background environment. Show More Summary

The 3D Aspect of Hand-Drawn Animation

People often distinguish hand-drawn animation from CG animation by referring to them as "2D" and "3D." This distinction leads naturally to the thought that hand-drawn animation is primarily concerned with shapes, silhouettes, and other flat graphic qualities. Show More Summary

Did Fitz Hugh Lane use a camera lucida?

Karen Quinn, a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, suggests the possibility that Fitz Hugh Lane used a camera lucida in recording the topography of one of his seascape paintings. (Direct link to video) The hypothesis hinges...Show More Summary

Tashlin's SCOT Art

Frank Tashlin was an animator and director, noted for his early Warner Brother cartoons. He wrote a book in 1952 called "How to Create Cartoons" where he wrote about his "SCOT Art" method. SCOT stands for square, circle, oval, and triangle. Show More Summary

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