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Friday, March 31st, 2017

Want To Work In Animation? Start here.

You can go to animation school, spend a $100,000 and not learn a damn thing about the basics of good animation drawing- OR you can buy a Preston Blair book for $8 and learn it all in a couple months. You pick.

If you learn the principles correctly, you will be able to draw in any style today. You’ll be miserable having to dumb down your abilities- but you will be in demand. –John Kricfalusi

INTRODUCTION

The internet offers animation students opportunities that have never existed before. The one I’m about to tell you about is the chance of a lifetime. How would you like to learn to draw for animation from one of the greatest cartoonists of the golden age, and one of the greatest current cartoonists? Here’s your chance…

Read this important note from John Kricfalusi before reading any further.

Preston BlairPreston BlairPreston Blair was one of the finest draftsmen to ever work in the animated film. He animated Mickey Mouse in "Sorcerer’s Apprentice", and he was one of the top animators at MGM, where he animated the legendary Red Hot Riding Hood. His book, titled simply "Animation" crystalized the basic principles of cartoon animation, and profoundly influenced a whole generation of young animators. He passed away in 1995.

John KJohn KJohn Kricfalusi revolutionized television animation- first with Ralph Bakshi on "Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures", and then on "The Ren & Stimpy Show. He went on to pioneer Flash animation with the first internet cartoon series, "The Goddamn George Liquor Program". John has done extensive research into the techniques and processes of the golden age cartoons, and he is sharing his knowledge on his blog, All Kinds Of Stuff.

Preston Blair BookPreston Blair BookTo participate in this informal blog-based drawing course, you will need to get a copy of Preston Blair’s Animation (Book 1). You can order it through the link above, or you should be able to find it at your local art store.

You will also need to print out the pages of the first edition of the book…

Preston Blair’s Advanced Animation 1st Edition

LESSON ONE

Read John Kricfalusi’s introduction to this lesson at…
Animation School Lesson 1: Construction- The Head

Then READ and FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS Preston Blair gives you on these two pages…

Preston Blair
Preston Blair

Draw the bear head at the top of the page over and over until you get it perfect. It takes hundreds and hundreds of drawings to accomplish. When you draw a perfect bear head, you can move on to other characters. But get the simple bear perfect first. EACH STEP BUILDS ON THE SKILLS YOU GAIN FROM THE ONE BEFORE IT. Don’t skip ahead!

Make an egg model and draw it from several angles using the techniques of construction.

Draw all of the various characters on these pages, paying close attention to the volumetric forms and proportions.

After you have drawn a character, compare it to Preston Blair’s drawing and note any differences on yours in red pencil.

Draw it again, trying to correct your mistakes from the first time.

When you are satisfied with your drawings, post them on the…

Animation Creative League Facebook page

You can’t get valuable feedback if you don’t share your drawings!

FINAL NOTE

Preston Blair BookPreston Blair BookIf you just look at the drawings and read the text, you’ll end up with educated eyes and an educated mind… and ignorant hands. A lot of artists excuse their lack of skill by claiming that flat drawings and unappealing shapes are their “style”. Poor drawing skills don’t constitute a style.

Any artist who doesn’t draw as well as Preston Blair (and that encompasses an awful lot of people!) will benefit from sitting down and doing these exercises. The ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Blog is making it easy for you, bringing all the material you need together. This is a unique opportunity. Don’t waste it.

As the gunfighters said in the old West… DRAW!

Read what Lines & Colors had to say about the course.

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

INSTRUCTIONINSTRUCTION

This posting is part of an online series of articles dealing with Instruction.

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

RefPack015: Download The Definitive Documentary On Silent Movie Comedy


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November-December 2016

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Every other month, members of Animation Resources are given access to an exclusive Members Only Reference Pack. These downloadable files are high resolution e-books on a variety of educational subjects and rare cartoons from the collection of Animation Resources in DVD quality. Our current Reference Pack has just been released. If you are a member, click through the link to access the MEMBERS ONLY DOWNLOAD PAGE. If you aren’t a member yet, please JOIN ANIMATION RESOURCES. It’s well worth it.

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Comedy A Serious Business

Hollywood: Comedy- A Serious Business
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The animators of the golden age all expressed a debt of gratitude to the silent comedy film makers who paved the way for the cartoonists that followed their lead. At Disney, Don Graham led action analysis classes for the staff breaking down the pantomime of Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd. Chuck Jones once expressed regret that he was born too late to work alongside the great slapstick comedy directors. The writing techniques at almost all of the animated cartoon studios of the 30s and 40s were derived from principles developed at Mack Sennett and Hal Roach’s studios. These films may seem ancient to us today, but they are far from irrelevant.

At the time this documentary was made, silent films were long gone from public view. In fact, if they were presented at all, they utilized beat up incomplete prints projected at the wrong frame rate. For the Hollywood series, film historian Kevin Brownlow assembled the best prints, transferred them on a state of the art variable speed telecine rank, and interviewed surviving cast and crew members to create the definitive documentary series on this seminal era in the history of movies. This episode deals with the comics- Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd and explains how they created their films. Unseen since the VHS era, Animation Resources acquired a transfer of this important documentary from a rare set of laserdiscs, and now we share it with you.

Recently, blu-rays and DVDs have breathed new life into these important films. If you are unfamiliar with the movies discussed in this documentary, jot down the titles and look them up. You’ll find a lot to study and learn from silent films.

REFPACK015: Hollywood: Comedy- A Serious Business
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Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

REFPACK013: Download Two Early Terry Sound Cartoons Featuring Armies of Mice!


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Terry Mice

Terry Mice

Two Paul Terry Mice Shorts
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“Club Sandwich” (1931) “Popcorn” (1931)

Paul Terry’s cartoons are greatly under appreciated. Walt Disney admired his Aesop’s Fables cartoons and admitted that his goal in the early days of his own studios was to produce cartoons as good as Paul Terry’s. These two cartoons are elaborate examples of the Terry Mice in action. “Club Sandwich” features elaborate crowd shots of armies of mice preparing to attack Farmer Al Falfa, with animation by Frank Moser, Art Babbitt and Jerry Shields. “Popcorn” has a haunted house sequence which shows the influence of Fleischer’s “Swing You Sinners” and some wonderful carnival scenes based on Coney Island’s Luna Park. Many thanks to Animation Resources Advisory Board Member, Steve Stanchfield for sharing these rare films with us.

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