July 2nd, 2020

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REFPACK034: Caricaturist Rudolf Wilke

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Gesindel “Riff-Raff” (1908)

Rudolf Wilke was born in Braunschweig, Germany in 1873. He studied fine art in Munich and Paris, and later set up a studio with Bruno Paul, one of the founders of "Jugenstil". Paul was a regular contributor to Jugend magazine and brought Wilke in to work with him there. Albert Langen, the publisher of Simplicissimus saw Wilke’s in Jugend and recruited both him and Paul to join the staff in 1897. Their work in Simplicissimus won them both worldwide acclaim. Langen had originally envisioned the publication as a literary and illustrative magazine, but as time passed, the staff’s focus shifted to caricature and aggressive political satire.

Rudolf Wilke

Along with artists Eduard Thöny and Ludwig Thoma, Wilke embarked on a trip to Marseilles, Algiers, Tunis, Naples and Rome in 1904. He honed his skills as a caricaturist on this trip, focusing on common people and the contrasts between classes. In 1906, the staff of Simplicissimus— Paul, Wilke, Thöny and Thoma, along with Thomas Theodore Heine, Olaf Gulbransson, and Ferdinand von Reznícek— petitioned Arthur Langen to convert Simplicissimus into a joint stock company, granting more editorial power to the staff. This shift in power envigorated the magazine. But just two years later, Wilke died unexpectedy; and the following year, artist Ferdinand von Reznícek also passed away. Their deaths were keenly felt at the magazine, and they were never replaced.

Rudolf Wilke

Even though he only lived to be 35 years old, Wilke has made a lasting impact on the world of cartooning. This portfolio of cartoons, titled “Gesindel” (which translates to “Riff-Raff”) was published as a memorial to Wilke upon his death. This collection represents some of his best work. Assistant Archivist, Megan Simon supervised the digitization, and Stephen Worth did the digital restoration work and layout. Hendrick Vham and Damian Christinger of the Weimar Era Facebook group kindly agreed to translate the captions and provide context to the cartoons. Many thanks to all of Animation Resources’ members and volunteers for making projects like this possible.

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July 1st, 2020

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Instruction: Clair Weeks’ Animal Studies

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Clair WeeksClair WeeksToday, I’m proud to present more amazing treasures from the Clair Weeks collection. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Weeks was born the son of a missionary in India. At DIsney, he was often teased about his resemblence to a village parson or pilgrim. (See caricature to the right.)

Around 1940, Disney Studios was at its peak. Several animated feature films were in production at once, and the staff numbered at an all time high. Disney instituted a comprehensive training program for the artists at his studio, which included life drawing, animal studies and action analysis classes under the direction of Don Graham. Today, we scanned animal drawings by Clair Weeks from these classes.

Clair Weeks Animal Studies

Animation Resources supporter, Mike Fontanelli was in last night when I was scanning these beautiful sketches, and he expressed his admiration for Weeks’ skill. It’s difficult to draw animals and capture any kind of natural pose because they are always moving. Weeks not only exhibited mastery of construction and posing, but also the ability to embed the spark of life that makes a drawing come alive. His technique allowed for both analytically realistic depiction and cartoony stylized caricature.

Aspiring cartoonists and animators should look over these drawings carefully and make a trip to the zoo to study the animals themselves the way the artists did at Disney in 1940.

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Clair Weeks Animal Studies

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June 26th, 2020

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JUNE 27: Monthly Discord Program – Duality of Animation

TOMORROW- SATURDAY. Event starts at 4:30 PDT, Program starts at 5:30

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Animation Resources is hosting monthly Discord parties on its Discord server. Join us the last Saturday of every month to participate in discussions and network with fellow artists from all over the world. The party starts at 4:30 pm (PDT) and the program begins at 5:30 pm.

Here’s info on this month’s program…

Duality of Animation
As a pursuit, animation offers a lot of options… Should you go the independent route or shoot for a studio position? Do you want to supervise or follow a creative lead? Is it better to have a personal style or be versatile enough to draw in any style? The answers may surprise you!

Join us Saturday for an informal discussion of the options that are open to you. Understanding yourself and your strengths and weaknesses are the key to finding your place in the field of animation. Animation Resources is here to help you do that.

DUALITY OF ANIMTION
SATURDAY JUNE 27th, 2020 5:30 pm (PDT)
HOSTED BY DAVEY JARELL, WITH STEPHEN WORTH

Davey Jarell is a member of the Board of Directors of Animation Resources. He is a professional storyboard artist for television and acts as our Director of Programs. Stephen Worth has been working in animation as a producer for 35 years. He is the President of Animation Resources.

ABOUT DISCORD

Discord is a free chat app that supports video, voice chat and text chat. Discord servers are divided into channels, which all have their own subject or theme of discussion. Members are assigned roles which helps everyone keep track of who’s who. The Animation Resources Discord channel is a virtual meeting place for our supporters. You can meet other Animation Resources members, talk with the people behind the scenes at our organization, and attend lectures and screenings— all without leaving your home. It’s free and open to everyone in the creative community. If you’d like more info on how Discord works, see this article: What is Discord?

Here’s how to install the Discord app and login to the Animation Resources Discord Server:


    1. INSTALL DISCORD
  • iPhone or Android: Download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store and install.
  • Desktop: You can access Discord for your Mac or PC from discordapp.com. You can choose to download and install the free Discord app, or enter our channel directly using your web browser.
    2. CREATE AN ACCOUNT
  • Just follow the prompts to create your own login account.
    3. JOIN THE ANIMATION RESOURCES CHANNEL
  • Click the plus sign to the right of the app and select "JOIN A SERVER".
  • Enter this invite code: vES5YsV
    4. YOU’RE THERE!
  • Take a moment to look around, read the rules and introduce yourself.

The Animation Resources Discord Server is open to the public right now. Pop in and look around, and make a point to visit on Saturday!

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