Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ghibli Test

This is footage from a documentary about the creation of Studio Ghibli's film, Princess Mononoke. During the process, a few inbetweeners took a test to be promoted to key frame animators. The scene they had to do was very difficult and the results were interesting.

To add to that, here's a video of Miyazaki himself animating a scene where the main character takes a tumble. The comments he makes are so interesting and he tries so many different approaches for a scene that's only about 1.5 seconds long.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nicholas Was...

Finally got one storyboard finished! I started this a year ago when Neil Gaiman released the audio as a free download and suggested that anyone who wants to use it for something creative to go ahead and do so. It was a good way to practice storyboarding and doing some basic traditional animation in Flash. Any thoughts or comments are well appreciated! :D

Monday, November 7, 2011

Digital Portrait

I have been trying to figure out digital painting and I am finally feeling more confident. Perhaps now better color temperatures.... Any tips?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Miyazaki Running Scenes

Thought this would be fun to post up, someone edited together a lot of the running scenes that were in Hayao Miyazaki's films and tv series. I really love these, the runs are so unique to every character and situation.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Upcoming Ani-Jam!

The information hasn't quite made it to their website or facebook page, but here's a fun upcoming animation event!

See you there!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

A few links for ya!

Comic Book Sunday happens once or twice a month, and is a great mixer for comics, animation and films:

Happening less frequently, but still very fun and useful, are the One Plus Hub mixers:

For those of you in the downtown area, this is a great weekly meetup of professional comics artists and not-so-professional art lovers:

If you're looking for inspiration, then check out my Vimeo channel of cool student and indie animations... I'm always adding new stuff!

Lastly, if any of you are on the Westside, hit me up if you want to grab a drink and/or having a drawing jam!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We Need Your Computer Donations

Needed for Animation Classroom:

  • Scanner(s)
  • Surge Protector 
We are looking for these items if you or anyone you know has them to donate. Our classroom now has 4 pencil test setups, thanks to those of you who helped us so generously. Please let me know. Thank you.

Monday, August 15, 2011

My bear is going places

So I think it flows well, but if anyone sees where the timing is off, or the bear doesn't quiet feel bear enough... Please post

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Swf to Mov Converter?

Hi guys, does anyone know of a good program that will convert swf files to mov/avi/mp4 files for Mac? Exporting mov files from Flash somehow screws up the timing of my animation and wrecks the audio something awful. It doesn't have to be free, but not freakishly expensive either.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Without a Shadow Storyboard

A storyboard for a live action senior film at my college. The director wants to use VFX for the moon.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

LaRueART: Maybe Carmageddon

LaRueART: Maybe Carmageddon: "Maybe carmageddon will become a full-fledged holiday. Passing part of this nice day, not driving, but drawing at my office. Being at the of..."

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Proof of Life!!!

I am alive!!! but lazy as can be... and apparently I punched 12 sheets inaccurately and this is how I used them.

It took me half way through making these to realize why the sheet doesn't say any even digits

And this took me four sheets... I'll try better next time

Saturday, July 2, 2011

LaRueART: Nothing if not Versatile

LaRueART: Nothing if not Versatile: "It was too hot today in Santa Clarita to do anything except evaporate. It was too hot even, to draw. So what did I do? I defied the heat an..."

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Public Service Announcement for Cystic Fibrosis

Here is a scene animated by a TAB 1 student in 2009. Nice overlapping action and clear shapes on the drawing. We will use this in our PSA 2011.

Monday, June 27, 2011

1942 Bee animation- just for fun

Here's an animated short from 1942 by Hans Fischerkoesen, who did a lot of animated ads and some shorts (check the fantastic camera moves):

Here's an article about his subversive use of animation in Nazi Germany:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

LaRueART: Life, Light, and Values

LaRueART: Life, Light, and Values: "Life pulses through the parking lot. Sometimes it conveys, along straight lines that converge, somewhere on the horizon, in one-point per..."

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Bee Animation

I am excited about making this character work in the animation

Question; Is he too complicated...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011

24 Frames Animated Reviews 01- Pryde of the X-men

This is the first episode in a new web series I'm doing where I discuss and review animated movies and shows. Its also the first time I've ever used toon boom for any form of cut out animation. I'm already experimenting with ways to make it smoother while moving in a short time frame. Any feedback you guys can give will be very much appreciated.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

11 Second Club April competiton

So, I finished the 11 Sec. club this month. I started very late on it. I finished this in a week and a half. I used a lot of holds, but tried to utilize overlapping action to make it not very noticeable. I think it turned out pretty well. Enjoy!!

Calvin and Hobbes Final

This was my final for the TAB 01 class. It was based on a panel of a Calvin and Hobbes comic. Enjoy!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Tom W - Final - Sequence 04 Pass 01

I roughed this out in Flash and animated on twos. I might take a second pass and add more detail.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Don't Worry...

... I'll post animation-y stuff sometime, too, however, I asked the High Priest of the Blog, and he said I could post whatever art-related content I wanted, so there!
(done yesterday at the Planes of Fame museum in Chino)

(cross-posted to my personal art blog at --> with added commentary)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

An Angular Armored Vehicle!

On an unseasonably warm spring Saturday I baked in the sun and did draw this vehicle. The location was the War Museum in South El Monte.

Milt Kahl Sher Kahn Pencil Test

For inpsiration, and because Milt Kahl is amazing.

Also, if you don't know about this blog, it is amazing. It's all posts from found pencil tests. Mostly old Disney work. Enjoy.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dance Reference for Final

Here is the dance sequence with a field chart. The timecode resets for every segment.

You can download the video at this link (17mb). Right-click the link and choose the 'save as...'

Friday, April 15, 2011

Doug's Nutsville Dialogue Final

Here's the link. I think it turned out pretty good. The first arm swing is very fast, but when I scanned and tested it at work, it wasn't as fast. Not sure what happened, I think it's a problem with Pencil Check, and Flipbook. But I switched it to 1's because on 2's it was way too slow. The lip sync turned out pretty well, not my best, but still good. Let me know what you think!! Enjoy.

Dialogue Progress

My progress playblast for this month's 11SecondClub competition.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tom (TR) Dancing Loop

This is a 20 frame loop of "skanking", you know... How you dance to ska. It's all on ones with the exception of two extremes that hold on twos. I shot terrible reference footage of myself doing this.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Summer Session at AAI

American Animation Institute is getting ready to publish the summer schedule of classes. Summer Animation Classes (TAB 1 & 2) will probably start on Saturday, June 11, 2011. But don't contact the Guild yet. Please wait until the catalogue is finally published. Let your friends know too.

the carlton dance