April 16th, 2018

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Exhibit: Grim Natwick Post-UPA Commercials

Grim Natwick Commercials

Grim Natwick CommercialsGrim Natwick CommercialsGrim Natwick was a remarkable man. It’s mind-blowing to realize that the same man who animated Mariutch and Swing, You Sinners in 1930 animated Sonny the Coo Coo Bird three decades later! These drawings are from Grim’s estate, and they cover his years in New York in the late 1950s and early 60s. These sketches are the work of Tissa David working from Grim’s rough poses. If you know anything about these spots, please post it in the comments section below.

Grim Natwick Commercials
Grim Natwick Commercials
Grim Natwick Commercials
Grim Natwick Commercials
Grim Natwick Commercials
Grim Natwick Commercials
Holsum Bread / Robert Lawrence Prods.

Grim Natwick Commercials
Holsum Bread / Robert Lawrence Prods.

Grim Natwick Commercials
Grim Natwick Commercials
Cocoa Puffs / Ray Favata Prods.

Grim Natwick Commercials
Cocoa Puffs / Ray Favata Prods.

Grim Natwick Commercials
"Peter Cottontail" ca. early 1950s, UPA New York

Grim Natwick Commercials
Grim Natwick Commercials
Grim Natwick Commercials

If you like these drawings, Michael Sporn has more Grim Natwick sketches from this period in his Splog…

Grim Cheerios Ruffs 1
Grim Cheerios Ruffs 2

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

TheoryGrim Natwick

This posting is part of an online exhibit entitled Grim Natwick’s Scrapbook.

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Posted by Stephen Worth @ 12:31 pm

April 13th, 2018

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Exhibit: Early 50s UPA Model Sheets

UPA Model Sheet

UPA Model SheetsUPA Model SheetsA couple of years ago, when Amid Amidi and I were working on Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon, I lent Amid these model sheets to use in a proposal to Chronicle Books for a history of 50s cartoon design. Well, Amid dug deep into the wellspring of “modern cartooning” and came up with a book that belongs on every animation lover’s bookshelf. The title is Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in 1950s Animation. (Click on the title to take a look at it on Amazon.) It’s a great book- the definitive look at the great studios of the 1950s.

UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet

UPA Model Sheet
UPA Model Sheet

Amid put up a great Flickr set of photos of the biggest names in animation during the 1950s. The picture below is of the UPA staff around the time these model sheets were created. Click through it to see the rest…

UPA Staff

Stephen Worth
Director
Animation Resources

TheoryGrim Natwick

This posting is part of an online exhibit entitled Grim Natwick’s Scrapbook.
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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

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April 12th, 2018

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DRAW! Benny Mercader Shares His Studies

Animation Resources member, Benny Mercader shares a photo of a few of his Preston Blair bear heads and calls out other artists to study and work on their skills.

Benny Bears

Benny says, “Practice! Draw! Worship the Animation Resources group! Go! Draw!! ? Do NOT overlook fundamentals. Practice various facets of ‘art’. Get lost in the Animation Resources archive and pull an article and read. It’s therapy really. This is not the only way to learn to draw or what have you but preliminary exercise to pump the artist. Lots of discipline! Call yourself to action. Its that simple right?!”

FREE Online Animation Drawing Course!

Animation Resources is pleased to announce a FREE online drawing course teaching the fundamental principles of drawing for animation. The course is led by Animation Resources’ Director of Education, JoJo Baptista and it’s based on Preston Blair’s classic book, “Advanced Animation”. Over the next year or so, we’ll be working over the internet with a group of students who want to sharpen their skills and learn to draw more solidly. The course will include online lessons followed by video critique with draw-overs of students’ submitted work. The first lesson is online now- plus you can download a PDF of the entire rare first edition of the Preston Blair book!

Preston Blair’s Advanced Animation Lesson 00
https://animationresources.org/instruction-preston-blairs-advanced-animation/

If you would like to participate, follow our lessons as they are posted and send in your work for critique. As the group of students following this online course progresses, we’ll be introducing more advanced lessons. If you are a student studying animation in school, this is the perfect self-study program to supplement your formal education. If you are a professional animator, it never hurts to brush up on the fundamentals. It can shake off the cobwebs and break you of bad habits. You don’t even have to be an animator to benefit from this… illustrators and cartoonists will get a lot out of these lessons as well.

There is no charge for participating in this course, but we ask that students who benefit from this valuable information consider becoming members of Animation Resources. From time to time, we will be referring to materials on the Members Only download page, so to get the most out of this course, you should join our organization. Support the people that are helping you grow as an artist.

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