March 31, 2011

The Art of Ian Andersen

The Avengers have been given a marvelous 8-bit pixel art redesign by Ian Andersen. Follow him on Tumblr to keep up on his work.
Avengers in Pixels by Ian Andersen (Tumblr) (Flickr) (Twitter)
Via: weflewairplanes
The Avengers have been given a marvelous 8-bit pixel art redesign by Ian Andersen. Follow him on Tumblr to keep up on his work.

Felix Massie’s "Keith Reynolds can’t make it tonight"

March 30, 2011

Matthias Hoegg’s "Thursday"

Concept Art from BRAVE

Invader Zim Script Read

I was thrilled to spot two live script readings of these unproduced episodes from the Invader Zim series from the Brew. Being a huge fan of this show, I totally geeked out on these.

"Mopiness of Doom" & "Day of da Spookies" are the two stories, hearing Richard Horvitz screaming in Zim's voice again sent chills of joy running up my spine. I didn't even know there were conventions dedicated to this show.

Mike Doyle's Lego Mansion

Michael Jackson's "Speed Demon" - Models & Animation by Will Vinton Studios

baman piderman are back!

Watch all previous episodes here, and get ready to shit yourself from laughter.

March 29, 2011

The Art of Sam Fout

Sam Fout’s website : Moon Toad Production


The Art of Brickhut

The minimalist style of classic movie poster designing continues...

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Mark MacDonnell

Frog in a Suit - Episode 2

The Epic Finale of Dick Figures!

Lee Sung Hwan's "Ah"

from Studio Shelter

The Grand Canyon of Mars

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The largest canyon in the Solar System cuts a wide swath across the face of Mars. Named Valles Marineris, the grand valley extends over 3,000 kilometers long, spans as much as 600 kilometers across, and delves as much as 8 kilometers deep.

By comparison, the Earth's Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA is 800 kilometers long, 30 kilometers across, and 1.8 kilometers deep. The origin of the Valles Marineris remains unknown, although a leading hypothesis holds that it started as a crack billions of years ago as the planet cooled.

Several geologic processes have been identified in the canyon. The above mosaic was created from over 100 images of Mars taken by Viking Orbiters in the 1970s.


Almost Naked Animals

Proof that eternal vigilance pays off, at least it does for creator Noah Z. Jones. I first heard of this show being developed 5 years ago, and here it finally is!

Appetite for Destruction

March 28, 2011

A Smutley Cartoon

For Against All Odds, made by Passion Pictures.

George Stroumboulopoulos interviews Zach Galifianakis

Dick Figures

More episodes from one of the best animated web series ever.... EVER!

Voice Actor - Michael Pataki

Pataki had several contributions to voiceover in animation, perhaps best known as the voice of George Liquor in the original animated Ren and Stimpy series, the 2003 revival, Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon, as well as other Spumco spin-offs. He also had several guest roles on shows like Dexter's Laboratory, Extreme Ghostbusters, and Batman: The Animated Series.

His character, Korax, on the original Star Trek series episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles," was the first character in the show to speak the Klingon language. He died of cancer last April 15th at the age of 72.

Credit List: 

Batman: The Animated Series (1992, Animated Series) Sewer King "The Underdwellers"
Dexter's Laboratory (1996, Animated Series) Coach "Dexter Dodgeball"
Extreme Ghostbusters (1997, Animated Series) (additional voices) "In Your Dreams"
Out of Jimmy's Head (2007, Live Action / Animated Series) Hoots Burly "Outdoors"
Ren & Stimpy: Adult Party Cartoon (2003, Animated Series) George Liquor "Man's Best Friend"
Ren and Stimpy Show, The (1991, Animated Series) George Liquor

March 26, 2011

Bill Peet's Children's Book Illustrations

“Hubert’s Hair-Raising Adventure” - 1959

“Smokey” - 1962

“The Pinkish, Purplish, Bluish Egg” - 1963

“Kermit the Hermit” - 1965

“Chester, the Worldly Pig” - 1965

“Farewell to Shady Glade” - 1966

“Capyboppy” - 1966

“Jennifer and Josephine” - 1967

“Buford the Little Big Horn” - 1967

“Fly, Homer, Fly” - 1969

“The Whingdingdilly” - 1970

“The Wump World” - 1970

“How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head” - 1971

Max Gilardi's "The Northern Incident"

Effects Animation Resources and References

The amount of online resources nowadays compared to just a few short years ago is astounding, here's just a few of the things I've found, grouped together in one post.
The Works of Chris Graf
Here's samples of his animated 2D FX, made with ToonBoom.

Here's his final show reel:

More samples...
See his Vimeo site here.
Here's a fire test he made in Flash. 

Included are the roughs to show his progression.

Lastly, here's another quick clip he made in Flash.

Visit his blog, showcasing plenty of nice designs.
The Works of Jake Macher
I've known Jake for 10 years now, ever since I started directing animated series for television, and I've always relied on his incredible talents as an effects animator, check out his show reel, the FX kick in at 1:28. Visit his site with illustration work here.
The Works of Jason Keyser
Watch Keyser's incredible show reel of beautiful Flash FX Animation, and see his website with a few tutorials and samples of his art here.
The Show Reel of Nicolas Léger
Check out the nice FX work mixed into this animation demo. See his artwork here.

Akira FX animation pencil tests
Gobelins Students Create Animation FX Tests
Joël Corcia, Noé Lecombre, Corentin Penloup and Thomas Reteuna, have completed a special effects exercise of an explosion, smoke, and electricity.

Found on Lineboil
Spilled Oil
Here's a short PSA by MAKE. Displaying some excellent 2D fluids animation:
Whip Crack

A game developed by Effects Animation Supervisor Scott Peterson.
This game lets you assume control of a space-age whip as you crack through swarms of deadly enemies. Solve puzzles, earn upgrades, and fling your master across the screen while battling across 19 devious single-player missions.

Gameplay Trailer:

Here's the link to the game's website.
Crack that whip

Four-player Multiplayer (on one console)

Solving Puzzles

Cracking Asteroids

Multiplayer Recycler Madness

Blow Something Up

Thanks to Ehab Subahi for the link.

Slo Mo Guys
It doesn't get much better quality than the clips found on The Slo Mo Guys' YouTube Channel. See them all here.

These are my favorites.

Bring Color To Life
See the Making Of video here.
“The beauty of chance and high speed film come together for this new commercial for Canon’s Pixma printer. Shot over two days with biochemist Linden Gledhill and Award Winning Photographer Jason Tozer.”
The spot entitled ‘Bring Colour to Life’ was directed by the fantastic Christopher Hewitt and is as simple as a concept could be but is absolutely spectacular to watch. It’s a beautiful little piece of art that just happened to be commissioned by a client. You can also take a look at some amazing images from the shoot in Linden Gledhill’s Flickr account, aalong with Christopher Hewitt’s website, and these follow-ups for great FX animation references:
Video References for Fluids and Fire

"Coke Burn" Commercials - Awesome Flash FX Animation

The 2D Art & Animation Crew:
Kathleen Quaife, Philip Pignotti, John Armstrong, Jeff Zikry, Kendra Ryan, Joe Mullen, and Jon Gorman.

Click here to see some awesome high-speed photography and plenty of amazing references for FX animation!

Some of the most fantastic reference materials for ALL animators in recent years has been high-speed photography. There's a new show on Discovery Channel called Time Warp which explores new footage and it's an amazing resource for FX artists. Here's 12 clips. Make a point to watch the show, you won't be disappointed.

The internet has unlimited quantities of reference material the effects animators.
Here's just a few high-contrast black and white clips I've found of awesome video footage of ink drops in water and splatters of paint on a flat surfaces.




All these, plus more resources and step-by-step tutorials on Flash Effects Animation techniques can be found on my other blog here.