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
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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.