Monday, August 30, 2010

New term at CDA

I'll be teaching a new class this term: "Figure invention for animation" as well as "Story Development for Animation" at CDA. Also, the awesome Shane Prigmore is teaching a workshop this term. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about the class. Enrollment starts Sept. 1st!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Creating habits

I haven't had a chance to post in a while because I've been busy at work. I got the chance to fly up to our northern studio, PDI, and work for a bit. There are some really talented board artist up there. But, I wanted to post something, so here goes.

Creating habits: If you want to learn how to do something, you have to create a habit. If you want to write, draw, paint, play the guitar, etc, it's not enough to decide that you want to practice. You have to create some sort of daily habit where you do it every single day. My daily habit is doing studies. Every morning before I start working, I pull out a dvd, usually animated, and do some studies. I also pull some books off my shelf at night, if I'm watching tv, and draw from those. That's my daily study habit. I don't really even think about it, I just like doing it every day. In fact, I can't draw out of my head if I don't warm up first by doing some studies. It's like I have to relearn how to draw every morning. It takes me at least an hour just to warm up. And the cool part is, you never stop learning. One day you practice hands, one day you practice poses, one day you practice, acting, composition, storyboarding, etc. You can never run out of stuff to learn.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Last Thursday class

So, I taught two classes this term at Concept Design Academy. Monday and Thursday. Phil came for the last Monday class, and we were also lucky enough to get Jeff Snow and Dave Pimentel for the last Thursday night class. These two guys are so inspiring and I can't thank them enough. Everyone walked out of the class wanting to try 10 times harder and really get their portfolios to that next level.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Last night of story class

Thanks to everyone who took the class! Here you can see guest speaker Phil Craven on the floor.

I teach this class at Concept Design Academy, if any of you want to sign up next term!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Email from Hasani Rodriguez Medina

Here is an email from Hasani Rodriguez Medina