Category: Animation
  1. 16

    Oct 2014

    Mike Yamada

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    Mike Yamada is a visual development artist for animation, and concept artist for video games. Some of his feature animation work includes Big Hero 6 (2014), How to Train your Dragon (2010), Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), and Kung Fu Panda (2008).

    Alongside his wife, Victoria Ying, he started a design studio called Extracurricular Activities. It houses their beautiful products, such as prints and apparel. They also take their knowledge on the road, holding lectures and workshops. Talking about knowledge, this excellent interview of the couple has back-back great advice any aspiring artist.

    A couple years ago, the pair took to Kickstarter to fund their ambitious children’s book Curiosities: An Illustrated History of Ancestral Oddity. As you can imagine it absolute bulldozed its original goal of $4,000 and went on to receive just under $50,000!

    Mike Yamada’s blog is filled with his concept art and sketches and well worth a gander.

  2. 15

    Oct 2014

    Scott Wills

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    I have recently taken a strong interest in colour theory, and colourist. Trying to understand why certain pallets work and how to come up them. There is a lot to learn from today’s feature. Presenting the work of Scott Wills, who is among other things, a master of colour.

    You may already be familiar with his work, especially if you are a fan of Samurai Jack and Star Wars: Clone Wars, as Mr Wills worked on many of the backgrounds of those productions. His distinct style really helped set apart Samurai Jack from other animations of the time, something which I remember thinking when I first watched the show.

    Scott Wills has also provided background art for The Road to El Dorado (2000), Quest for Camelot (1998), as well as art directing Flushed Away (2006), and Monsters vs. Aliens (2009).

    Fascinatingly many of Mr Wills’ pieces are painted small in scale. With acrylic being his predominately medium of choice, he uses a range of techniques to get the look he wants. There are an excellent group of videos over on YouTube, of Mr Wills working on various Samurai Jack paintings. They are short, averaging around 6 minutes each, but long enough to give you some invaluable insight on how he goes about creating such beautiful backgrounds.

    You can find more of Scott Wills’ work on his blog, CandyCaneLane.

  3. 30

    Sep 2014

    Bernard Derriman ~ Arj and Poopy

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    We will be continuing our winsome walk down memory lane, or the period of internet history that I am affectionately dubbing The Web Animation Renaissance. Today’s focus is on Bernard Derriman.

    Sharing a similar story to Adam Phillips, Mr Derriman an Australian Animation Director, whom is also a Sydney Walt Disney Studios alumni. He gained his first dose of exposure with his award-winning short animation Chopper, based on the 2000 film of the same name. He also animated and directed the TISM’s music video for Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me, which received a Channel Frederator Award for funniest film .

    Arj and Poopy was a 10 episode series created by Bernard Derriman and comedian Arj Barker. The series was consistently funny, with off-kilt pacing that heightened the awkwardness. Though it started strong it definitely got better, scoring itself multiple awards including two Annecy International Animated Film Festival Awards.

    The episode, Unlucky in Love, though not as revere as the series concluding episode, still perfectly encapsulates the quality and humour of the whole series. Not to mention, that I can watch Poopy dancing and smiling on repeat and never tire of it.

  4. 29

    Sep 2014

    Adam Phillips ~ Brackenwood

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    This weekend I was in a somewhat nostalgic mood. My mind wondered off, and came to a place it had not visited in quite some time. That place was flash animations, specially around 10 years ago. At that time, sites like AtomFilms and Newgrounds were providing a platform for web animation, enabling and encouraging the medium to grow. Every so often there would be a noteworthy short, but on the whole the standard of work was clouded with exploratory and amateur attempts. Through the fog, however, emerge a handful a of truly skilled individuals and work. One such individual is the focus of today’s post.

    Australian freelance animator Adam Phillips originally worked as a character animator and effects director at Walt Disney Studios in Sydney. Many of his project were sequels to hit Disney movies, including Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride (1998) and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996). Applying the Disney school of thought to his own animated series Brackenwood revealed a glaring difference in the quality to that of most web animations that had come before.

    Waterlollies was one of the last animations Mr Phillips released in the Brackenwood series, and it is liquid beauty. Throughout the series’ six-year run, it received multiple awards and Waterlollies, deservedly so, picked up the Newgrounds Tank Award for Best Movie of 2007.

  5. 24

    Sep 2014

    Phantom Limb / LNWC

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    Phantom Limb is a short animation created by Australian animation director Alex Grigg, in association with Late Night Work Club. It has done the rounds this year at many prestigious film festivals, including Sundance Film Festival, and the Annecy International Animation Festival, picking up multiple awards along the way. The melancholy, yet enchanting animation is enhanced by its choppy pacing and notable eerie sound design. To find out more about the project, take a look at Mr Grigg’s write up.

    Slight tangent from illustration here, but if this animation has made you the slightest bit inquisitive of phantom limbs, and you would like to know more, you absolutely must read Phantoms in the Brain.

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