February 14th, 2017

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March 11th: Animation Resources Annual Meeting and Screening Party!

Baron Munchausen

Animation Resources is holding its Annual Meeting, screening and party on Saturday March 11th and you’re invited!

ANNUAL MEETING FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1852874204931782/

Baron Munchausen

Every year, Animation Resources holds a meeting where we recap our accomplishments during the previous year and announce our goals for the upcoming one. It’s a great time to find out more about our organization and meet the people who make it all happen. But that’s not all… we screen a rare film from our collection on the big screen, we network and we party as well!

Baron Munchausen

This year, we will be screening a brand new high definition restoration of Karel Zeman’s revolutionary film, Baron Prášil (The Fabulous Baron Munchausen). You probably have never heard of this film, but after you see it, you’ll never forget it.

Terry Gilliam is quoted as saying, “I remember when I was doing Baron Munchausen seeing a picture in a [British Film Institute] catalogue from Karel Zeman’s Baron Munchausen and saying, “Wow, what is this?” and eventually seeing the film, and saying, “Wow, that’s great,” because he did what I’m still trying to do, which is to try and combine live action with animation. His Doré-esque backgrounds were wonderful. The film captured the real spirit of the character.”

Baron Munchausen

Our digital transfer of the film comes all the way from the Karel Zeman Museum in Czechoslovakia. You won’t see this one on Netflix! So don’t miss it.

If you would like to attend the party, please RSVP by sending an email to Taber Dunipace at… tdunipace@animationresources.org. Our seating for the screening is limited, so please RSVP early and if it turns out later that you can’t make it, let us know so we can offer your seat to someone else on the waiting list. If you can, please bring snacks and drinks for the refreshments table.

Baron Munchausen


KAREL ZEMAN’S BARON PRASIL (The Fabuous Baron Munchausen)
SATURDAY MARCH 11th 2017 7:30pm
Animation Resources Headquarters, Pacoima, CA

RSVP to tdunipace@animationresources.org


Baron Munchausen


About The Film:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fabulous_Baron_Munchausen

Trailers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKXKZ0AfvS0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na1h7ozW9VQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXIlQTur-1M

About Karel Zeman:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DQv04Ku2kg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTPGMERQSMQ


Baron Munchausen
Baron Munchausen
Baron Munchausen
Baron Munchausen
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February 10th, 2017

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Join Animation Resources Today And Download Volume 2 Of The Zim Cartooning Course!


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During Member Appreciation Month, Animation Resources is pulling out all the stops to share some of our greatest treasures with our members. If you join today, you will be able to download 5 volumes of Eugene Zimmerman’s cartooning course materials. That’s over 800 pages of tips, advice, drawings and horse sense. But these books will only be available until the end of the month, so join today! For a rundown of all the perks of Animation Resources membership, see… http://animationresources.org/wannabeamember/

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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The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

A couple of years ago ago, I stumbled across a "how to" book on cartooning by Eugene “Zim” Zimmerman. It was titled Zim’s Cartoons & Caricatures, Or Making The World Laugh. I happened to be speaking on the phone to Ralph Bakshi, and I mentioned the book. "Ooooohh! So you’ve discovered ZIM now! He’s one of my secrets…"

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

In 1967, right after he had resigned as the head of the Paramount cartoon studio, Ralph and his wife Liz were walking through Brooklyn when they saw a sign on an old house advertising an estate sale. They went inside, but it was late in the day and there wasn’t much left. Ralph glanced up at a tall bookcase and saw a pile of pamphlets stacked up on a high shelf. It was too high to reach, so he didn’t bother to look at them. As they were walking out the door, he got the feeling that he needed to go back and look at the pamphlets. It was a good hunch. The stack contained a nearly complete set of Zim’s correspondence course in cartooning. He asked the estate agent how much they cost, and was told $50. That was more than he and his wife had in their pockets, so Liz volunteered to run home and get the money. The Zim books were on his desk every day throughout the production of Fritz the Cat, Heavy Traffic and especially Coonskin. This set is Ralph’s most prized possession, and now he is sharing them with Animation Resources.

The Zim Book on Cartooning

Zim’s correspondence course was the most highly regarded cartooning course of its day. Spanning 20 volumes, it covered a wide range of subjects, from practical homespun advice to lofty philosophy. Here are some examples of Zim’s genius from the pages of the four volumes we completed digitizing today…

The course was published in two different editions… 1914 and 1920. We have been able to find an earlier edition of the course to supplement and complete Ralph Bakshi’s set. There are no chapters or specific assignments. The books consist of page after page of individual nuggets of wisdom. Each book and each page stands on its own.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course
The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

Ralph also helped Animation Resources obtain vintage copies of the magazine Judge’s Library containing dozens of full page color examples of Zim’s work. These have been included in our exclusive online e-books.

Zim’s course is much more than just a "how to draw" course. In short anecdotal paragraphs, Zim succeeds in conveying what it means to be a cartoonist… the history behind the artform… how to deal with everyday problems and setbacks… and how to live the life of an artist.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course


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Zim was the founder of the "grotesque" school of caricature, which formed the basis of what we now call "cartoony drawing". He provides lots of examples of caricatures drawn from life, with photos of his subjects alongside his caricature of the person.

There’s plenty of traditional drawing lessons too. Zim’s masterful expressive line fills every page with perfect examples of the principles he is discussing.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course
The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

The book is full of amusing observation. Just look at the shoes and the way the clothing hangs on these bums. Zim is able to pack personality into every detail of the character.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

If you aren’t convinced yet that Zim is a drop dead genius, just click on this image!

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

The most impressive illustrations in the course are the examples of Zim’s rough sketches. He had an uncanny knack for being able to express every nuance of his subject with a free flowing and loose pencil technique.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

He was capable of extreme exaggeration that captured the essence of the unique qualities of the personalities he chose to caricature.

The Zim Cartooning and Caricature Correspondence Course

But the most amazing thing about Zim’s artistry was his ability to draw the viewer into his world and make them feel the way the characters in the drawings feel. Wouldn’t you love to live in a cartoony world like this? You can, and Zim can teach you to THINK like a cartoonist.


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Posted by Stephen Worth @ 1:22 pm

February 9th, 2017

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Why should an illustrator join an animation group?

Classic Illustration Kay Nielsen

What do these illustrators have in common? Gustaf Tenggren, Mary Blair, Kay Nielsen, Harper Goff and Eldon Dedini… They all worked as concept artists in animation.

Why should an illustrator be a member of an animation group? Because the fundamental principles of design used in animation are the same as the ones used in illustration. The fields of animation and illustration have a lot to offer each other. Animation Resources is committed to acting as a bridge between a wide range of related creative fields.

Every other month, Animation Resources members receive an e-book full of high resolution images. Past e-books have featured L’Illustration magazine issues from the mid 1930s, steel engravings by Gustav Dore, the woodcuts of Hans Holbein and the German Art Nouveau magazine Jugend. But that’s not all. There are plenty of other reasons for an illustrator to be a member of Animation Resources. For more information on all the great perks you get for joining during our Members Appreciation Month, check out this link…

PERKS OF JOINING TODAY
http://animationresources.org/wannabeamember/

You might know Animation Resources from our posts on Facebook and the WWW, but there is a lot more to us than just our web pages. For the past decade, Animation Resources has been building a digital archive dedicated to serving creative professionals and students. Take 20 minutes and watch this video demonstrating our digital archive…

ANIMATION ARCHIVE VIDEO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL0G3x7GRQ0&t=7s

If you would like to see some samples of the illustrators featured in our collection, see the Animation Resources Illustration Jump Page. Click through the links and you’ll discover a whole universe of inspiration…

ILLUSTRATION JUMP PAGE
http://animationresources.org/illustration/

Once you see the full impact of what Animation Resources does, we think you will want to be a part of it… even if you aren’t an animator.

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