Sunday, September 29, 2013

Meeting Recap, 9/27

Hey everyone!


1) This friday the ASC will be having a meeting with Mark Fitzpatrick where he will speak about all the 3D programs provided on campus and give a tutorial on 3ds Max! This is definitely a meeting not to be missed!

2) Alumni and Family Weekend is this coming Saturday and we'll be launching our ASC Cow creation off a trebuchet! The launch starts at 1pm on N 9th Street!

This week many of us attended the Jeff Smith guest speak at the CCAD Mix! Jeff Smith, well known for his works Bone and RASL, gave a run down on his work and background with animation and comics. He spoke a lot about his influences as a child, which ranged from Carl Barks Scrooge McDuck to Walt Kelly's Pogo; gave a nod to his new web comic series T√ľki Save the Humans, and answered questions from everyone in the audience. There was even a nice book signing after the talk where he sketched a character for every fan that came up.

For anyone wanting notes from his talk you can either email the ASC email or come up and ask one of the leaders!

After the Jeff Smith talk a few of our members helped in making a paper mache cow for the upcoming Alumni and Family Weekend trebuchet launch! There were definitely a lot of laughs to be had while making it and we're very happy many of you came by to help!

See you all next week!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Link of the Week: Rhino House

This week's link is

Rhino House is an expansive motion library for animators!
Most of the videos are only available to paid subscribers,
but there is always one free video under each section
of each animal in the list.

Each video has frame-by-frame capability,
and allows you to easily step through and pause on frames.

This is a really great resource for drawing and animation reference.
Use it to your advantage!

- Jinny

Monday, September 23, 2013

Meeting Recap, 9/20

Hey everyone!


1) This Friday artist Jeff Smith will be on campus to talk about his work during the 2013 CCAD Mix. The event for Jeff is free and starts at 7 pm in the Canzani Center auditorium.  More news on the Mix can be found here for those of you who would like to purchase tickets to see other artists.

2) Also this Friday, after the Jeff Smith talk, we will have a get together to work on paper mache cows for the upcoming trebuchet launch. There will be snacks and fun to be had while crafting cows and other paper mache creations to launch, so stop by and give a helping hand if you're interested!

This week in the collective we all showed off our acting skills and took center stage so that some gesture drawings could be made and learned to model rabbits and our mascot, Ace!

In room 308 the basics of gesture drawing were covered, including line of action, exaggeration, silhouette, and character based gestures. Everyone had loads of fun drawing out various scenarios such as an elephant and wolf on the catwalk, a coach yelling at football players, and even some amazing matrix styled poses! In room 304 everyone was given a taste of modeling in 3D! New members were toured through the various 3D programs at school for modeling and then given the challenge of making a rabbit! Afterwards, everyone then started making a model of our mascot, Ace, which could possibly be made into a chocolate mold! There was definitely much fun had in both the 3D and 2D specific meetings!

See you all next week!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Link of the Week!

Hi everybody!

Sarah here, bringing you the link-of-the-week. This is my first link-of-the-week this year, and I had some trouble picking just one... so I decided to pick a theme: awesome, alternative, web-based cartoon studios - something I get super pumped about.

This summer was the first time I personally dived back into the glory that is web-based animation (since the golden years of Homestar Runner, of course). Being an avid "lets-put-my-animations-on-Youtube-whenever-because-I-can" type of girl, I was very interested in how far one can get on Youtube alone.

Crazy thing seems to be, if you aren't aware of it, cartoons don't just exist on the TV, made by big animation head-honchos - a lot of them are just a few clicks away. Tons of animators, just like you and me, get to do this type of thing for a living!

Here's some of the current coolest places to find animation on the internet.

1 - Animation Domination High-Definition

This stuff is made all in-house and not only fronts a huge, whacky wave of animation-based web content, but also can be seen for an hour block every Saturday at 11pm on Fox. Check out tons of crazy shorts and even more GIFS (including a handy tool that helps you turn any of their clips into your own GIFS).

2 - Cartoon Hangover

The home of epics such as Pendleton Ward's Bravest Warriors, Cartoon Hangover is basically the TV channel you wish existed - existing in the world that is YouTube. It was birthed from the awesome brain that is Frederator - who've produced things such as The Fairly Odd Parents, Adventure Time, and tons of other cartoons.

3 - Titmouse + Six Point Harness = Rugburn

Some of you Animation buffs might be familiar with Titmouse (Metalocalypse, Superjail!, and The Venture Brothers), and maybe you've heard of Six Point Harness (Tom Hank’s Electric City, El Tigre, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!). What happens, you ask, when two great studios fuse together? An awesome channel is born.

Hope you all enjoyed my blog post! Do you have any favorite places to find animation on the internet?

Have a great week!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Meeting Recap, 9/13

Hey everyone!


1) On September 27th artist Jeff Smith will be on campus speaking about his work during the CCAD Mix. Many other great artists will be attending as well and speaking about their work, however to see them you must purchase a ticket for the Mix. More details on the Mix can be found here.

2) For the upcoming family fair, themed on Monty Python, we will be creating some paper mache creations to launch out of a trebuchet. If you would like to help with making some of the paper mache creations feel free to contact our email. We will also give updates on when we'll be working on them. 

This week in the collective we had our Intro to the Industry meeting and went over specific jobs in the animation pipeline! We covered the 2D and 3D pipelines a bit as well as Stop Motion. After covering the pipeline we had some fellow students speak about their current internships and experiences. Our guest speakers were Mandy Cline, Jamie Yuhasz, Will Oglesby, Erlson Neba, Kevin Harkness, and our president Sarah Schmidt. It was great to see the different jobs they all have and hear about their experiences thus far in the industry.

Links to the videos shown during the meeting can be found here. If there are any questions over the links or the pipeline in general please come talk to any of the leaders! We'd love to talk with you about it or show you more information on specific areas in animation!

See you all soon!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Link of the Week

 For the first link of the week, I think we should give a shout out to the ANIMATION @ CCAD blog!!! This blog is doing loads of new things this year, such as posting a sketch of the week. For example, this week's sketch comes from CCAD's very own Vincent Alexander!

They also post any animation related news and events on campus such as the involvement fair!

That's just the tip of the iceberg!!! GO CHECK IT OUT!!!


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Meeting Recap, 9/6

Hey everyone!

We're all excited to welcome you all back to another fantastic year with the CCAD Animation Student Collective! It was great to see all of your wonderful faces and hear about what you're wanting to do with animation!

We hope you all enjoyed the pizza and introduction to the collective! There is certainly a lot of exciting meetings in store for this year that we discussed during the meeting. Tutorials with teachers, critiques with fellow members in the collective, and Skype calls with artists in the industry are just a few of the meetings to look forward to!

Our next meeting is an introduction to the industry where we'll give you a run down about different jobs in the animation industry! Such as storyboarding, rigging, modeling, and much more!

Be sure to join our Facebook Group if you haven't done so already, and if you still haven't gotten an email from the asc email then please email us at:

If you ever see us walking around and have any questions, comments, concerns, ideas, or just want to say 'Hi!' feel free to come talk to us! We want to make sure the Collective is welcoming for everyone and the best it can possibly be, and you all are what helps us make it just that!

We look forward to seeing you all during the rest of the year!!

See you next week!