July 27th, 2021

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REFPACK040: Animation From Around The World and MORE!

LAST CHANCE! The next Reference Pack will be posted this weekend and RefPack040 will be deleted from the server. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, do it now!

Reference Pack

Every other month, Animation Resources shares a new Reference Pack with its members. They consist of an e-book packed with high resolution scans and video downloads set up for still frame study. Make sure you download the Reference Packs before they’re updated. When it’s gone, it’s gone!


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Animation Resources is growing. Since we are a non-profit organization, all of the money we take in from dues gets spent on our projects. So as we get more members, we share more wonderful material with them. Here’s an overview of what you will find in RefPack040…

Magic Boy

In past Reference Packs, we have shared the first animated feature made in Japan, Momotaro’s Sea Eagles (1943) as well as the first color Japanese animated feature, Toei’s Panda & The Magic Serpent (1958). Today we are sharing the next feature in the chronology of Japanese anime, Magic Boy (1959). We are presenting the original Japanese version, titled Shonen Sarutobi Sasuke. We hope you find this useful in your studies.

Magic Boy
Magic Boy


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International Animation
International Animation

In our International Animation section, we are presenting five amazing films… The first chapter in a Russian adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book directed by Roman Davydov. We will be sharing the entire story in five parts with our members over the next several Reference Packs, so don’t let your membership expire. Also included is a gorgeous Russian puppet film "Two Greedy Bear Cubs", and the first episode of the most popular cartoon series in Russia titled "Well, Just You Wait…" Rounding out the International section are two fantastic films from Poland, Koziolek Matolek in "Singing Competition" and the first episode of "Dog, Cat and…" These Polish films are great models for simplified internet animation.

International Animation
International Animation


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Lantz Oswald
Lantz Oswald

Next in line are a pair of rare Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons from the Walter Lantz studios. One of them is made by the legendary animator Bill Nolan, and rivals Ub Iwerks’ animation of Ozzie for originality and fun. The other is a lavish fairy tale story with detailed backgrounds. Two completely different approaches to the same character! You won’t want to miss this.


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Buster Keaton

In the Slapstick section, we feature the second episode of a landmark three part documentary on one of the greatest slapstick performer/directors who ever lived… Buster Keaton. If you have never seen a Buster Keaton film before, this documentary will give you a taste of what you’ve been missing. If like me, you have studied all of his films over and over many times, you will learn new things about Keaton and his creative process that you didn’t know before. It’s a rare opportunity to sit at the feet of a master, and even though these films were made a century ago, Buster Keaton: A Hard Act To Follow allows you to do just that.


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Podcast

Followers of our podcast series, Animated Discussions will be happy to find a new entry on the Members Only page as well. This one is an interview with animator Joe Murray, talking about his creative process. We’ve had programs covering advice for finding your place in animation, Chuck Jones’ bar sheets, how to break down slapstick films, examples of great background layout and more… They’re all there when you log in, so you can spend hours learning and getting inspired!

We also have a fresh batch of breakdowns- short clips of great animation, slowed down so you can see the nuts and bolts of how it works. Build your own library of breakdowns. Organize them into folders by subject, like “walk cycles” or “takes” and refer to them when you need inspiration in your own animation.


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Jugend Magazine

We aren’t done yet! With every Reference Pack, we’ll be including a bonus video or e-book from one of our past Reference Packs. This time we are sharing illustrations from the landmark German magazine, Jugend. Titled after the German word for “youth”, Jugend was at the forefront of the arts and crafts movement. In fact, in Germany, art nouveau came to be known as “jugend-stil” (Jugend style). Utilizing state of the art color printing techniques to reproduce hand drawn lettering and beautiful sketches and paintings, Jugend set a standard in graphic design that continues to be felt to this day.


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International Animation

At Animation Resources, our Advisory Board includes great artists and animators like Ralph Bakshi, Will Finn, J.J. Sedelmaier and Sherm Cohen. They’ve let us know the things that they use in their own self study so we can share them with you. That’s experience you just can’t find anywhere else. The most important information isn’t what you already know… It’s the information you should know about, but don’t know yet. We bring that to you every other month.

Lantz Oswald


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Animation Resources is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing self study material to the worldwide animation community. If you are a creative person working in animation, cartooning or illustration, you owe it to yourself to be a member of Animation Resources.

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Posted by Stephen Worth @ 11:35 am

July 23rd, 2021

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DISCORD DISCUSSION: Veteran Animator Lenord Robinson

YOU MISSED IT!

Animation Resources Discord

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.

THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM

Lenord Robinson

Our schedule of monthly programs under the banner Discord Discussions continues Sunday July 25th!

Lenord Robinson has worked in the animation industry for over 40 years. An animator, storyboard artist, character designer, producer, and director, Lenord has helped bring many of your favorite properties to life- “The Black Cauldron”, “Fox and the Hound”, “Muppet Babies”, “Tiny Toons”, “Animaniacs”, and “Bob’s Burgers”, to name a few. He has lived through many technological changes in the animation industry, changes that left many veteran artists by the wayside, such as the rise of CG animation and fall of 2D animation, and the transition from paper to Cintiqs. Join Lenord Robinson and Animation Resources Programming Director Davey Jarrell on Sunday, July 25th on Discord as they talk about Lenord’s work and reveal the secrets to career longevity in animation. Doors open at 4:30pm PDT and program starts at 5:30pm PDT!

LEONORD ROBINSON INTERVIEW
Animation Resources
At The Animation Resources Discord Server
SUNDAY JULY 25th, 2021 5:30 pm (PDT)
HOSTED BY DAVEY JARELL WITH LEONORD ROBINSON

Animation Resources is one of the best kept secrets in the world of cartooning. Every month, we sponsor a program of interest to artists, and every other month, we share a book and up to an hour of rare animation with our members. If you are a creative person interested in the fields of animation, cartooning or illustration, you should be a member of Animation Resources!

ABOUT YOUR HOST

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.

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. https://discord.gg/cuvNvsMNQP
    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 Sunday!

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Posted by Stephen Worth @ 12:45 pm

July 22nd, 2021

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Illustration: Artzybasheff’s Machinalia

Artzybasheff Machinalia

In his introduction to the section titled "Machinalia" in his book As I See, Boris Artzybasheff says, "I am thrilled by machinery’s force, precision and willingness to work at any task, no matter how arduous or monotonous it may be. I would rather watch a thousand ton dredge dig a canal than see it done by a thousand spent slaves lashed into submission. I like machines."

Artzybasheff Machinalia

Making of Steel: Charging the Open Hearth

Artzybasheff Machinalia

Tapping a Heat of Steel

Artzybasheff Machinalia

Filling Ingot Molds

Artzybasheff Machinalia

The Soaking Pit

Artzybasheff Machinalia

The Blooming Pit

Artzybasheff Machinalia

The Rod Mill

Artzybasheff Machinalia

Hydraulic Press

Artzybasheff Machinalia

Stranding of Wire Rope

Artzybasheff Machinalia

Weaving of Fence Fabric

Artzybasheff Machinalia

Wire Drawing Machines

Artzybasheff Machinalia

Spring Forming Presses

Artzybasheff Machinalia

Wire Cloth Looms

Artzybasheff Machinalia

Navy’s Mark III Calculator

Artzybasheff Machinalia

Executive of the Future

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

IllustrationIllustration

This posting is part of a series of articles comprising an online exhibit spotlighting Illustration.

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