Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Link of the Week

This week I'd like to share my favorite place to find fun faces to draw:

I found out about this class last semester from Mr. Kovach. The website is chock-full of mugshots upon mugshots, organized into fun categories like Hawaiian Shirts, Fogeys - here's some of the Funny Faces, and a few drawings I have done in the past:

Also, here's a video with lots of great 2D effects - gunshots, blood, and explosions - viewer discretion advised! You have been warned! I found it awhile back on a website called Stereogum - a music website - every Friday they post "the 5 best videos of the week" (, which are fun to look through!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Meeting Recap, 2/22

Hey Guys!


1) The Advanced Time Based Projects Class is looking for talented 2D animators to help with the animated short, Aria. This is a semester long project and whoever volunteers will get their name in the credits as well as something to put in their portfolio. They are looking for the cream of the crop and people who are willing to work on weekends to help the project succeed. If you’re interested please email for more information.

Last week the wonderful Phil Garrett was our special guest and he spoke with us about his time in the film industry!

He's worked on such popular movies as Shrek 2, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, and many others. His experiences working various jobs with films were great points of interest to hear and learn from, and he offered a lot of inspiring advice for furthering ourselves as artists getting into the industry.

If you would like the notes from this weeks meeting which includes links to the videos he showed just inform a leader!

See you all next week for Jacob Augenstein doing a tutorial on 3D modeling!

Link of the Week

This week's link is a blog that deals with everything animation and film related!

The blog was founded by puppet,animation, and film professional Ron Doucet. He currently works in the industry and has done work for numerous studios including CartoonNetwork, Nickelodeon, BBC, Warner Brothers, and various other studios. He post numerous times a week posting loads and loads of animation related content. Hope you all enjoy!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Meeting Recap, 2/15/13

Hey guys!

This week we had our amazing up-and-coming president, Sarah Schmidt, discuss her life leading up to becoming an animation student! Knock-off Pokemon cards called 'Zaggers' were shown, videos of happy toasters and other animation reels were viewed, and a lot of laughter and smiles were shared amongst everyone.

Here are the the many sketches she did during the meeting showing off her quick paced unique drawing style!

If you'd like the notes from the meeting, please message or tell a leader!

See you next week for our meeting with Phil Garrett!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Link's of the Week

This weeks links are resources that deal with the body! These are great for sketching out, using for reference with 2D or 3D animation, and resolving figure pose conflicts.

Bodies in Motion is a reference library of over 1,000 images of dynamic poses. Each action was captured at 10-frames-per-second allowing for any artist to resolve issues they may have with a certain pose. All of the poses are perfect for sketching and can be used for many other needs dealing with poses.

There are actually over 30,000 images shot from different angles with varying body types, however they can only be seen if you're a subscriber to the site.

Don't let the title fool you, this site is perfect for figuring out certain muscle groups and planes of the body. There is great reference for different angles of body parts such as the ears, mouth, hands, and feet as well. 

Both offer plenty of references of the body that I hope you all enjoy!
- Mercedes

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Meeting Recap, 2/8/13

Hey guys!

As I'm sure many of you know, this week we were visited by the amazing Chris Oatley!

He gave a demo on drawing hair in Photoshop and had great feedback to offer everyone afterwards concerning their artwork!! Strong points he made were that everyone should show their passion, be inspired,and never stop drawing.

If you weren't able to attend Friday and would like a copy of our notes from the meeting feel free to e-mail a leader and let them know!

See you next Friday!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Link of the Week

This week's Link is a treasure trove of storyboarding and animation resources.

The Seven Camels blog is run by animator and story artist Mark Kennedy, who most recently worked on the story teams of Disney's Wreck-It Ralph and Bolt. Mark posts lots of helpful resources that he's either come across or created himself, including tips on layout and story.

Take an afternoon to read through this blog and soak up the knowledge. Hope you like it!
- Jinny

Monday, February 4, 2013

Link of the Week!

This week's Link of the Week is an awesome resource for 3D people, but even 2D people can find some awesome uses for it!

This site is the king of all blueprints. It has pretty much every car, tank, ship, or other random object you could imagine. It is a wonderful resource if you need reference photos. 

Not all the references are free, but they still have a very large amount that are!

They even have some really random/awesome ones. Like.... this Jedi Starfighter!

Enjoy the awesome blueprintness!
Till next time!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Meeting Recap, 2/1/13

Hey guys!

We hope you all enjoyed Mafia! We definitely had a blast and hope to do it again sometime!

To those that came to see the Animated Oscar Shorts at Gateway we hope you enjoyed that as well!

As a reminder, John Carls came in for the visiting artist panel earlier this week and there are notes. Feel free to contact a leader if you would like them.

See you all next week!