Tuesday, 26 August 2014
How to Draw Anything from Memory: Seeing people draw people, animals or objects seems like they must have a photographic memory. Lana Bachynski from Tea Time Animation knows that this is not always true. Following these simple steps, you can teach yourself to draw absolutely anything from memory.
Wednesday, 20 August 2014
35 Body Language Infographics for Social Situations: #animtip Thanks to the infographic below, you don’t have to feel clueless about your body language for much longer. It will walk you through situations where your visual signals are especially important, and the key ways to adjust your mannerisms for success. Trying to win that new client? Mirror his or her behavior. Want to disagree without making enemies? Smile and nod frequently.
Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Telling stories through animation: Illustrated storytelling—like the Tyee’s “Fostering Truth” or the Center for Investigative Reporting’s “In Jennifer’s Room“—allows journalists to protect their sources, while still producing deeply researched investigative pieces. These are stories that might be overlooked because they’re too sensitive or difficult to pull off.
Friday, 1 August 2014
And this is what makes Iron Giant so special: #irongiant With no songs, no sidekicks, and no cheap ending, The Iron Giant is a refreshing change-- like an off-Broadway production compared to the glitz of Disney's annual animated extravaganzas. Director Brad Bird may have Family Dog and The Simpsons to his credit, but this film doesn't have that brand of scatological humor. As with the best family entertainments, there are gags that adults will howl at while the kids are watching something else (see Bird's interpretation of cold war propaganda). And the star is one cool piece of animated magic. Voiced by Vin Diesel (Saving Private Ryan's hulking Private Caparzo) and filled with more gadgets than a Swiss army knife, the giant is a grand thing to behold. And like another famous cinema tin man, our hero--and the movie--has heart. Superb entertainment for ages 5 and up. --Doug Thomas
Thursday, 31 July 2014
Creativity is rejected: Teachers and bosses don’t value out-of-the-box thinking.: In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors and thinkers—creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is supposed to be an asset, even a virtue. Online job boards burst with ads recruiting “idea people” and “out of the box” thinkers. We are taught that our own creativity will be celebrated as well, and that if we have good ideas, we will succeed.