Blog Category: Animation

Animation Inspiration – Scar from Lion King Pencil Test

Andreas Deja: Scar from Lion King/ Part 1 from Jamaal Bradley on Vimeo.

Here is a beautiful pencil test from Andreas Deja. The pencil test can be found on Jamaal Bradley’s vimeo account.

Notice the subtle acting choices. Scar is given so much live and emotion without going too crazy. Disney does an amazing job at not “over animating” their characters. Something that I know I often do in my animations. Subtle is sweet, so keep it simple.

Personally I know I will be studying this shot frame by frame. The body mechanics and weight sing. You can feel the weight of scar as he stands up from a seated positions. A truly inspiring animation for every young animator. This clip has very working principle of animation, I just love it.

Best Animation Books – Top 10 Books for Artists, Fans, and Students

Best Animation Books - Top 10 Books for Artists, Fans, and Students

Here is my 10 best animation books list. Like any art form, reading these books will not make you an amazing animator. However, these animation books will provide insights from the legends of animation. The beautiful illustrations made by some of the best artists in the world are inspiring to all ages. You will find that all of these books are enjoyable. These animation books will spark the imagination. They will help when you are in a technical rut. Even non-animators will find these books amazing to gaze over.

I have comprised a list of what I think are the ten most wonderful animation books. Now before you read this list I want to put it out there… I am not a professional animator. At least not yet, I am working on it. I will update this post when I am. Since I am still a young animator I can freshly reflect how important and helpful these books have been towards my education of the art-form. These are the greatest animation books on the market. I feel any person serious about animation should purchase these books. Most of my mentors and friends have all of these books on their shelves. I think you should too! In this list I have indicated a few of the best animation books for beginners. I hope you enjoy the list, now let’s get started.
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Animation Inspiration – Blip

Here is a cute animation from Ben Harper and Sean Mullen. About two rival aliens, the red and blue.

I love the simple story line and design. A brilliant little piece of animation.

Blip from Giant Creative on Vimeo.

Stay young, watch animation.

A Monster in Paris

This is a simply beautiful animation. I love it, I have watched it so many times. Very elegant and never gets old.

I hope you enjoyed this animation as much as I do. Stay inspired.

A Monster In Paris (English) La Seine from kinkachu on Vimeo.

Elk Hair Caddis by Tumblehead

An awesome animated short named Elk Hair Caddis from Tumblehead on Vimeo.

Animation Inspiration –
New Müller – wünderful stuff

Here is another does of animation inspiration. This one is a great add from New Müller.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a world like this? Filled with all of your favorite animated characters.

Sebesta’s best of the best

Here are my favorite “best of” lists for photoshop tutorials.  I like to use these lists for inspiration when doing web site design and graphic work.  I have gone through a lot of “best of” lists and here are my top three favorite.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

1.  30 Best Photoshop Abstract Effect Tutorials

2.  65+ Smoking Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

3. 50 Dirty, Filthy Grunge Photoshop Effects


Animation by Jim Bianco

ELEVATOR OPERATOR an animation by Jim Bianco

S/M/L animation from Tendril

S/M/L from TENDRIL on Vimeo.

Thought of You animation
from Ryan Woodward

Here is some stunning animation by Ryan Woodward

Thought of You from Ryan J Woodward on Vimeo.