Monday, December 28, 2009

animation short films looking for oscar 2009

about a month back animationxpress.com's newsletter published an article about 10 short animated films which were shortlisted by Reviewing Committee in the preliminary round of voting in screenings held in New York and Los Angeles.
I found this list interesting because they provided preview URL in the listing.
though most of them I had previewed during my year long internet viewing/ surfing through different forums. But seeing the whole list and comparing hand to hand was something empowering for personal analysis.

I liked the illustrative etching texture of 'the Kinematograph'

and intense blue colour scheme and mood of 'the cat piano'.


here is the link to the full list of Animationxpress.com:
http://www.animationxpress.com/anex/y2k9/headlines/anex5292.htm#
enjoy :-D
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

beautiful character designs by Martin Wittig

I was looking at the updates in my blog links Abhilash.N had recently posted some doodle of dogs from his sketch book. while visiting his blog I came across a web link list called boosting sites this is where I discovered beautiful character designs by Martin Wittig.

according to blogger profile Martin Wittig is a freelance Character Designer based in United States . his client list includes Blue Sky Studios, Chuck Gammage Aniamtion, Disney TV, Cartoon Network, World Leaders Entertainment, Nickelodeon, Discovery Kids

I find his animal character very impressive and his sense of dividing volume within the composition is unmatched.


I am borrowing 2 of his images from his blog to share here and spread the good word for him.
to see the full treasure please, visit his blog.
here is the web link: http://martinwittig.blogspot.com/

this one is my favorite character composition, see! just with a normal granite pencil how much can be expressed.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

palmistry: line of your hand are like google map of your life

The other day, I was talking to my room mate. we were having casual discussion about hard work and fate. each one had things to share.
final opinion was that apart from your knowledge(professional education) and handwork. luck is essential to succeed.
only with your luck you can be the right person on right time on right place for right opportunity.
we were talking about palmistry. I don't know much about it, nor I have come across a great palm reader but there are people who say so.
then we were comparing palm lines as a map of life. since we all relate to computer visual language so we exclaimed that GOD has give a google map in our hands only if we could read it or zoom it to a comprehending level .
so that thought of hand being a google map kept coming in my head many times. thus I had to try visualizing the idea in photoshop not satisfied with it but anyway, I am done with this urge after writing this post.

Monday, December 21, 2009

50 best comics cover art of 2009

I was going through a daily inspiration blog where I saw a post related to 50 best comics cover of 2009. I saw the entire lot. they are all amazing I chose 5 of my favorite to post here.
I am giving the original link below so you can see the full list and they have also written about it critically along with the picture.






see all the 50 covers on this web link:
http://best.complex.com/lists/The-50-Best-Comic-Book-Covers-of-2009/cable-11

enjoy :-)

Disclaimer:
all the images belong to their respected owner and shared here to appreciate and not for any commercial purpose.

Friday, December 18, 2009

google crome promotional viral spots

here is a video done by 'Aaron Duffy' who works with '1stAveMachine'production company.
these 'google crome' promotional viral spots highlight the features provided in the google internet browser. they took unconventional route for explaining things in this series. the camera perspective trick
the spots do have visual shock value when curious viewer gets to see unexpected when camera revels the clever arrangement of objects.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

is santa for real? tells the animated film:Yes, Virginia


is Santa for real? tells the animated film 'Yes, Virginia'.
The preview looks cute and perfect for Christmas festive season.
here is the Holiday Special Trailer which I saw on production company's website and dug it out for you from youtube.com
here you go:

Monday, December 14, 2009

Animation and Design talent pool and jobs

It is a tough life for a just graduated commercial artist or designer. there are many things(tips and tricks) teachers and seniors told don't seem to work while looking for a break(job).
where to host your online portfolio and where to put your resume/CV.
?????
it is sure a genuine question, specially for aspirant of creative field. Most of the job sites are generic and cater to H R, marketing and other well established disciplines and try to fit your CV there is frustrating. even if put your resume on regular job site then you are bombard with irrelevant job list in your inbox.
This is a fact that there are very few good sites in this domain. there many which started with good intentions but could not maintained their standard.

apart from http://www.coroflot.com I think behance network is a standard site where you can host your work.

http://www.behance.net/
coroflot.com is also good for job list. there are 2 more which I will maintain here greenlightjobs and creativeheads.

http://www.greenlightjobs.com
greenlightjobs is free but if you want an active premium account you need to pay.

http://www.creativeheads.net/
it's free but only people who have work visa can create profile on this site.
there are some other blog posts which cover same topic and they have done well documented listing of websites :
http://bestdesignoptions.com/?p=9557
http://www.youthedesigner.com/2008/04/21/10-great-places-to-find-graphic-design-jobs/

:-)

Friday, December 11, 2009

animated documentary: hidden life of burrowing owl

Hidden life of burrowing owl is an animated documentary with live action footage used as actual environment.
it tells a simple story of burrowing owl his love and survival.




I really liked the way the have seamlessly mixed animated character and actual photographed environment. the feel of the film is bright and it's day light shots are very warm.
here is a teaser of the film




link to this film's official website:
http://www.titmouseshorts.com/burrowingowl/
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Saturday, December 05, 2009

listen to the interviews (podcast) of animation talent

The Drawn 2gether is a blog of The Creative Talent Network which is online community of Hollywood animation people.



what is so special about this blog?
well, it features some rare interviews of the American animation industry talent and it is presented in ready to listen audio mode(podcast).
here is the link: http://www.drawn2gether.com/blog/
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Friday, December 04, 2009

the Beatles rock band: an animated promotional video

the Beatles rock band is an animated promotional video selling music video game.



'Rock Band is a music video game developed by Harmonix Music Systems, published by MTV Games and Electronic Arts. It is the first title in the Rock Band series.

Rock Band allows up to four players to simulate the performance of popular rock music songs by playing with controllers modeled after musical instruments.

The Beatles: Rock Band
is a music video game developed by Harmonix Music Systems, published by MTV Games and distributed by Electronic Arts. It is the third major console release in the Rock Band music video game series and, like other games in the series, it allows players to simulate the playing of rock music by using controllers shaped like musical instruments. The game's soundtrack consists of 45 songs by popular British rock group The Beatles and features virtual depictions of the band members performing the songs. Additional songs and albums by The Beatles were made available for the game as downloadable content.

The game was released internationally on 9 September 2009, coinciding with the release of new, remastered compact disc versions of The Beatles albums.'

information courtesy: wikipedia.org
[:)

Thursday, December 03, 2009

character design with material and junk

this series of characters is out come of an in house workshop emphasizing 'character design' for stop-motion technique.
you see simple things can come to life and give an amazing impact.


Friday, November 27, 2009

3D comics covers

I remember, in my school days when comics were a rage among kids.
local brands like Diamond comics, Manoj comics and Raj comics published 6-8 titles every month which used to be called a set. there were our regular book corners which used to rent it out on 25 or 50 paise per comic book.
they sometimes came up with special issue which were publicized as 3D comics. these comics were packed in a fancy wrapping and were provided with a spectacles which had red and blue coloured lenses. It never became popular but had a novelty value to it

recently, I visited raj comics website. they had changed it's layout and improved it visually.
there, I found some links to 3D comics download.

http://www.rajcomics.com/

3D comic covers on Raj comics website

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

'Ninja Assassin' Trailer

A young ninja leaves his clan, which he was a part of since birth, leading to a conflict between him and his former allies.
from the makers of MATRIX, must see the action.

Monday, November 23, 2009

character and elements drawing in flash

there are many ways to go about drawing character and elements in flash, I prefer drawing it on paper first and then plan it according to the vector requirements.

Friday, November 20, 2009

राजकमल प्रकाशन की वेबसाइट और ऑनलाइन स्टोर



१२ के बाद मेरा सेलेक्सन डिजाईन इंस्टिट्यूट में हो गया में खुश था लेकिन मेरी पढ़ाई हिन्दी माध्यम से होने के कारण मुझे वहाँ के अंग्रेजी लेक्ट्चेर समझने में दिक्कत आती थी। सीरियस रीडिंग की तो बात बहुत दूर की थी।
तब मेरी टीचर ने कहा बात अंग्रेजी या हिन्दी की नही है ।
बात पढने की है तुम हिन्दी में ही अच्छी किताबें पढो। तब उन्होंने कुछ नाम सुझाए । फ़िर मैंने पढ़ना शुरू कर दिया। और मुझे राजकमल प्रकाशन की किताबें बहुत स्तरीय लगीं । और इनके पास लगभग सभी प्रसिद्द लेखको का प्रकाशित साहित्य है ।
जैसी आज की स्थिति है उसमे हिन्दी की स्तरीय किताबें आसनी से नहीं मिलती हैं । अगर मिलती भी हैं तो आप के पास चुनने की लिए ज्यादा च्वायस नहीं होती ।
मैं कुछ दिनों पहले अपने छोटे भाई ललित से बात कर रहा था उसने बताया की लखनऊ में राष्ट्रीय पुस्तक मेला लगा है। तब, उसने पूछा क्या आप को कोई किताब मंगवानी है । मैंने इन्टरनेट पर हिन्दी किताबो की लिस्ट सर्च करने के लिए कुछ शब्द गूगल में टाइप किए, तब मुझे राजकमल प्रकाशन की वेबसाइट और ऑनलाइन स्टोर का लिंक मिला। मुझे बहुत अच्छा लगा अब में अपनी पसंद की किताब सर्च करके ऑनलाइन आर्डर कर सकता हूँ ।
हम सब को ऐसी वेबसाइट को प्रमोट करना चाहिए।

राजकमल प्रकाशन की वेबसाइट और ऑनलाइन स्टोर का लिंक:
http://www.rajkamalprakashan.com/

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

film script writing (available variety of format and software)

I was ignorant about the modern scenario of film script writing in the industry, and there was still the chance! if, there would not have been a need for me to read how people go about writing scripts for film and TV.
During my internet search, I came across something called movie script writing software. I don't know how it works but there is a variety of software available.
may be they help you to draft and format your script according to industry norms, I shall find out more after using a demo version.

till then you can directly visit links given here:
http://www.finaldraft.com/

http://www.screenplay.com/



http://www.scriptware.com/

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

some visual and reading material on History of Animation

Most of the time we don't give too much thought about how animation reached to the point where it is now. We are so engrossed in present variety of animation which is available for viewing. Any way, here is some visual and reading material on History Of Animation.
here is a blog about animation history:

http://animationhistory.blogspot.com/

History of Animation videos by: Aaron Hodgins Davis on youtube.
probably there are many more here are 3 of them:






Friday, November 13, 2009

Regional Animation:new wave in Indian animation scene

a new wave in Indian animation scene is catching the trend which working on niche regional stories for a particular audience.
it is good!
Keibu keioiba(or Tiger Head) : a 90 minute feature . The film is based on a Manipuri folktale and is independently financed by the studio. Makokmedia, a Pune based animation studio.

see the news article:
http://www.animationxpress.com/index.php?file=story&id=23801#

Maruppacha:
Kerala based animation studio Carrot Creations recently released its first animation feature, a 45 min Malayalam 2D/3D animation film title ‘Maruppacha’ on VCD.


see the news article:
http://www.animationxpress.com/index.php?file=story&id=23811#

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Menace of MNS aka Raj Thackeray

Menace of MNS continues. we all have opinions and a lot has already been said about this.
I am no commentator but I like Ajit Ninan's cartoon in today's Times of India.
It says it all.
only time will tell, if petty politics will go on longer.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Nikon-S1000pj : a camera with a projector

Nikon unveil ed its new digital camera "S1000pj" which has a built in projector.
It looks cool to me. it is priced at Rs. 28,950/- in India



Saturday, November 07, 2009

TOTA DESIGN : good intenion and real world

I don't know, where is this bunch of people? their site not been updated for long. they started a group based on mutual interest and need.
but some ventures start and perish the intentions were good but real world is harsh which can crush bohemian dreams. individual growth starts taking upper place then groups get separated.
anyway, I liked their very simple tota drawings on the web front.

http://www.rayd8design.com/Tota_Web/tota_default.html



http://totadesign.in/
http://www.rayd8design.com/Tota_Web/Tota_name.html
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Friday, November 06, 2009

story board to quick flash animation

sometimes one needs to do quick fun work just to get refreshed.
here is such an e-card which we(sharad n me) did late night stay @ office as a sample .


here is the animated clip:

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Tick Tackler: visual look n feel for online game

This is one of the many visual design projects for online games done at emantras media labs, Gurgaon. (http://mlab.emantras.com)

Working for game design is not very distant from animation film making. It also has characters, background, layout, story and motion. Only thing is it doesn’t follow a very restricted liner sequence and sometimes might defy certain cinematic fundamentals.






Wednesday, November 04, 2009

abduzeedo: A blog of Graphic Design Inspiration and Photoshop Tutorials

here is a blog of Graphic Design Inspiration and Photoshop Tutorials.
which has a good supply of daily visual food. I loved it.


Here is the link, check this out:
http://abduzeedo.com/

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

poetry of anatomy and medical illustration

sometimes, I am amazed with beauty of illustration done for dull and academic subjects
here are some images which are kind of poetry in anatomy and medical illustration.


Disclaimer:
copy rights lies with their respective owners used here just for appreciation and not for any commercial benefit.