Monday, December 15, 2014

Student Comments

It's high time we update what current and recently enrolled students say about their experience here at The Animation Academy in Burbank. Here's a sample...

"The Academy has helped me improve in my artistic ability dramatically. I've learned more here in my first 2 weeks than a whole semester in my college courses." - Dawn G

"The Academy has helped my art significantly. I enjoy every minute there and look forward to class every week. Artistically I would not be where I am now without the Academy's instruction." - Autumn G

"The Animation Academy put the 'fun' in fundamentals." - Issa S

"On the very first day at this school, my art changed drastically. With the fantastic help from teachers and influential guidance, I improved in my fundamentals and form. On top of my experience I have gained many friends. I love the atmosphere and people here." - Amanda G

"If you like art and want to listen to jazz for hours like a young Italian jellyfish then throw yourself to the Academy. I even spent my birthday in class." - Quintin C

"I really wanted to thank you for your instruction, and I wanted to let you know that because of the work you helped me with in class, I was able to use it to get into one of the only digital animation classes offered at my university." - Rachel N

"I drive 40 miles to Burbank to attend class each week and it's always worth it." - Mike Z

"The Animation Academy has helped me grow as an artist more than any other art program I've taken. I feel more confident with my art than I ever have before." - Madison S


We're happy and fortunate to have attracted excellent individuals to our school over the years. Our students are exceptional talents and wonderful to create with.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Monday, November 24, 2014

Devin Martin returns

We're very pleased to have with us once again the great Devin Martin. He's a former student of the Academy going back to our earliest days. Devin has become a very successful artist working on staff at Walt Disney Studios Product Development. He is currently enrolled in our Visual Development class where he's honing his skills even further. Here's a few recent samples of what Devin has created as part of his assignment. He's reworking some concept designs for The Wizard of Oz while practicing his gray scale rendering techniques. To see more of Devin Martin's excellent work follow this link to his blog.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Students of the week - Oct 24 2014

Why not put a spotlight on students who've created exceptional content during the week. Here's three students whose impressive class assignments warrant a share on the Academy's blog.

Don Sheean

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sharing VisDev Lessons - Sketch to Color 2

As with my previous post this demo was created the same evening as the preceding composition. This time using a Cintiq and SketchBook Pro to illustrate a concept sketch in black line and rendering the image with gray scale tinting over color instead of the other way around. You can follow the process in reverse by scrolling down...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sharing VisDev Lessons - Sketch to Color 1

I gave a demonstration earlier this week in the Visual Development class at my school. I used a Cintiq (a specialized monitor for direct digital drawing} and Sketchbook Pro to create the image below. Something promotional as well as educational as you can follow the reverse history of the composition by scrolling down below.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sharing VisDev Lessons - Exploring Werewolves

It's October and the perfect time of the year to be sketching up a Wolfman!

In the Visual Development 1 class here at the Academy we emphasize the importance of gray scale tonal values, textures and rendering in simple mediums. Here are a couple of examples I created while working with students recently. 

You can follow the process from sketching the initial composition in blue line and then continuing into graphite pencil and finishing in black line.

This was followed up by another werewolf concept in full body using the same mediums of blue line, graphite and black line pen.

There was an additional concept sketch in between the two that's been left in blue line...

Creating is contagious! The Animation Academy in Burbank wishes you happy times coming up with fun images and concepts to draw.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Latest from Maia Gross

When a dedicated student shows significant and consistent progress with their art to the point of reaching a professional level they oftentimes become instructors here at the Academy. Such is the case with Maia Gross who continues to impress us with her excellent art.

Here's a couple of examples of what she's created lately. The fist image is from Visual Development and the second is from Character Design 2. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Character Rotations - Student Assignments

One of the reasons why the Character Design classes at The Animation Academy are so effective in getting our students up to a professional standard with their skills is that they're encouraged to do work that is as challenging for them as it is fun.

Case in point is our emphasis on creating rotations for the characters they come up with. Concept is of course very important. Yet when it comes to the art of Character Design it is essential that artists working in a professional capacity in this area should be able to generate rotations for their designs.

The main reasons for doing so are that rotations are the link between concept development and production. Adapting your designs to production enables a character design artist to work in a realistic capacity within the animation production system. It is a marketable skill that will give artists the chance to participate in the production process more than just with concept design alone.

Whether it's a 5 pose traditional rotation or a 3 pose turn for CG modeling, being able to pivot your design will do a great deal of good in extending your abilities into new opportunities.

Take a look at the examples below. These are class assignments recently completed by several of our students. They get into the nitty gritty of the art and are better suited for whatever situation might arise that requires rotations as an aspect of the job.

Lola Chee

Jeff Mum

Amanda Gonzales

Johnathan Keys

Dawn Glover

Ryan Magnon

Raul Enciso

Joel Valdez