Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lecture Series


I did this illustration for the cover of Storyboard Magazine quite a few years ago. Characters like Scar and Hercules and Lilo were yet to come. I learned a lot during those years, just by animating a lot.
From my experience you can read about animation, its techniques and history, but you learn best by doing it.
How I go about animating a scene (from thumbnails to final tie down) will be the subject of my first 2015 online lecture with Virtual Animators this coming Saturday, February 21, at 11 AM US Pacific time.
I'll try and break down my working method as much as possible...and answer questions you might have.
If you are interested in joining me, go to Virtual Animators' web site:


We are planning a new lecture about every other Saturday, covering all kinds of topics related to character animation. I look forward to diving into this new venture, let's have some fun!

20 comments:

  1. Your previous one on animals was great! I might be away for this one, but hopefully if I sign up they'll send me a video recording later

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  2. -B-

    I already signed up!

    Can't wait:)

    -Amir

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  3. This sounds great - I'm in! Question: are these lectures recorded for later viewing, or are they strictly a "live" event?

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    1. Hey John, as far as i know Vitual Animators do record their events for "Archival purposes" as they state on their website, but as an atendee you never have access to those unless either a) there were extreme technical difficulties or b) you payed for it but can't make it "live" due to unforeseen issues. Beyond this i think it would be wise to send an e-mail to info@virtualanimators.com in order to sort out specific questions you might have about Andreas' lecture. Hope this helps, take care!

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    2. if you sign up they'll send you a link to a password-protected video of the lecture, but it's only up for a few days

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    3. Thanks J.D. and Marc. While I could hear that Andreas had much great advise to give, the visual side of the event was a bust for me. I had updated my copy of Flash and have a very speedy internet connection - we stream movies at high quality all the time. But still I mostly saw only a series of held images with only sporadic moments of full motion, which made the event's demonstration not much of one. I didn't think much of it during the webcast because I assumed they would provide a download link to the high quality version. But after two emails to VirtualAnimators.com going unanswered, I don't think they are overly concerned with my satisfaction. So, I think I'll be skipping any future webcasts from them :-)

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    4. Well, three emails to Virtual Animators and zero replies. But–– they sent me an advert to the next lecture :-)

      Really, did no one else have a problem with the quality of the webcast? Was I the only one?

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    5. I wanted to follow up on my comments above to let everyone know that Virtual Animators.com did contact me just a few days ago. They were very understanding of the situation, and everything was resolved to my complete satisfaction. Thanks so much :-)

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  4. Thank you so much for continuing the on-line lectures!

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  5. Hi Andreas, thanks for continuing the lectures, I have a question, I bought your book in pre-order in Amazon but I'm not sure about the official release date, Could you help me to figure it out? Thank you, See you on Saturday.

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  6. Enjoyed your previous lecture with them. Looking forward to the next one.

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  7. I really like the illustration! Amongst your iconic animation characters. Like a family picture.
    Reminds me a bit of the cover of the Uderzo book "Der weite Weg zu Asterix".

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  8. Hey Andreas, would you show us some of your work on Runaway Brain? That would be cool.

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  9. I'll be there. I hope your dog (who is behind you) too. :)

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  10. Sorry to see it was full...happy for you, sad for me...why are there limited spots for an online lecture?

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    1. Probably to keep bandwidth manageable.

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  11. I missed the Musha footage (the kids all got up from their naps!), but it was a great demo. Really enjoyed it and learned a lot. Thanks, and looking forward to the next one.

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  12. Thank you very much again. It was amazing and very interesting lecture. It´s every time like dream comes true! Mesmerizing, how fast you draw and what a beautiful the drawings were, wow. Very inspiring to see that. Thank you.
    Would like to know how much you take time for plannig and did you act it out before lecture?

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  13. Andreas, thank you so much for your lecture. About the animation demonstration, were all your drawings "keys," or would some of them be considered "breakdowns?"

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