One Man Band

Pixar has put up a sneak peak of their latest short ‘One Man Band’. Looks like fun!


I’m sure you’ve seen it by now, but in case you haven’t… a new trailer for Cars is up on Apple. There is also a HD version if you have the bandwidth!

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Nov 24, 2005 - My Workspace
My Workspace- Nov 24, 2005

Blink… blink…

Biology tells us that eye blinks occur because our eyes need to be re-moisturized. Is that the only reason we blink? Walter Murch (editor, sound designer, director and screen writer) in his book “In the Blink of an Eye” suggests that we blink for other reasons:

“The blink is either something that helps an internal separation of thought to take place, or it is an involuntary reflex accompanying the mental separation that is taking place anyway.”

Essentially we blink where a film cut would occur! It is like separating ideas with blinks. As character animators, if this is true, this can help us to determine when we should make our character’s eyes blink.

Calvin and Hobbes

Ahh… so I received an early Christmas present this year. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. I think it was one of the SplineDoctors that mentioned they are a great source for examples of the principles of animation. Yep, you read that right – in a comic! When you can pull that off in still images, you’re 90% of the way there. I can just feel my stomach in my throat as Calvin and Hobbes fly through the air on their little red wagon.

Christmas Sale!

Are you interested in learning Lightwave, Max or Maya? If so, then this may be a good time to check out our 3d training material. We are offering a 25% discount on all training material and no shipping/handling charge worldwide. If you want it under the tree for Christmas, make sure you order early! If you haven’t yet, drop by to see what we have to offer.

Principles of Graphic Design

If you are, in one way or another, involved with web, print, multimedia design, animation or even illustration then a good design foundation is something we need. Here is a great website which gives you a ‘taste’ of the principles of graphic design.

What is Art?

If you have been following along I’m trying the elusive, to define art. I have a page for the specific purpose, but I thought I would share some definitions that I recently found in the book “The Practice & Science of Drawing” by Harold Speed. None of them really satisfy me… but here they are:

  • Art is nature expressed through a personality
  • Art is the expression of pleasure in work – Morris
  • Everything which we distinguish from nature – Andrew Lang
  • An action by means of which one man, having experienced a feeling, intentionally transmits it to others – Tolstoy
  • the Rhythmic expression of Feeling
  • And if you don’t think that this is enough, here are some more definitions.

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Nov 16, 2005 - Speedalope
Speedalope – Nov 16, 2005

Free Drawing Book

Ok, I haven’t read it, and it’s a bit dated, but hey, it’s free! It is called “The Practice & Science of Drawing” by Harold Speed. It sure starts out interestingly:

Permit me in the first place to anticipate the disappointment of any student who opens this book with the idea of finding “wrinkles” on how to draw faces, trees, clouds, or what not, short cuts to excellence in drawing, or any of the tricks so popular with the drawing masters of our grandmothers and still dearly loved by a large number of people. No good can come of such methods, for there are no short cuts to excellence. But help of a very practical kind it is the aim of the following pages to give; although it may be necessary to make a greater call upon the intelligence of the student than these Victorian methods attempted.

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