Friday, September 23, 2016

Graduate Spotlight - Ralph Byrd





Today, we'd like you to meet Ralph Byrd, a recent graduate from AnimSchool's Character Program!

The 33 year old is from Washington, D.C. and got his BA from Yale University. He is a very talented, hard-working guy and was a pleasure to interview.

Ralph's tour of DreamWorks with Juan Chen

Did you have any experience in animation or art prior to AnimSchool? If not, what did you do before this?


I had always pursued art through drawing and sketching, but had no formal education in art aside from studio art electives I took in college. Creating art was something I had always done out of enjoyment, but I didn't consider it a realistic life pursuit until I joined AnimSchool.






What were your motivations to start the Character Program?


I've always seen animation as being at its core, a means of communication. Through animation, you can convey an idea more articulately than any form of written language. I was particularly motivated to start the character program because with characters you can convey human feelings and emotions that are universally relatable and through that, you can connect with people all over the world.





What was your favorite class and/or instructor and why?


There are so many great teachers at AnimSchool. I would have to say my favorite class was Juan Chen’s environment modeling. I enjoyed this class so much that I took it twice because I wanted to instill the virtues of 'clean modeling’. Juan is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge and resources and would go to any length to help a student.



What are your plans now that you have graduated?


My dream is to break into the industry and work freelance. I also have a list of personal projects I intend to complete including an animated short. I am looking to become more involved in social media to connect with people and share my work (Instagram handle: ralph.byrd). Finally, I would like to use the skills I have learned to inspire others the way that animation has inspired me.



Are there any animation industry professionals who inspire you?


All the teachers I had at AnimSchool inspired me a great deal. I would particularly like to thank (in the order I took their class):
Florian Perret, Sabina Heller, Brien Hindman, Juan Chen, Krzysztof Fus, Nico Sanghrajka




Was there any particular piece of advice that you got during your time at AnimSchool that has still stuck with you?


One particular piece of advice that stuck with me is to never stop learning, and to always keep practicing. If you can keep animation as part of your daily routine, and you can dedicate several hours each day, you will see your work improve dramatically. The industry is always evolving and there are always new things to learn. Understanding that being a student goes hand in hand with working professionally can help to sustain a career in animation.



Thanks Ralph and good luck!


Thank you!



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Monday, September 19, 2016

Steve Vanseth- Importance of hands



This is a clip from AnimSchool's body animation class where the instructor Steve Vanseth talks about the importance of hands .



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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

AnimSchool's New Character: Maggie


United States - September 6, 2016 -- AnimSchool is proud to present our newest character, Maggie, exclusively for AnimSchool students.


AnimSchool is the leader in appealing, flexible characters. Our students animate with the most refined, advanced characters, using the popular AnimSchool Picker.

Maggie was designed by Amanda Zima and modeled by AnimSchool graduate Pablo Bellozas and David Gallagher. Rigging by AnimSchool founder David Gallagher.


AnimSchool rigs are built with each part and control being tested to extreme levels, making the strongest poses possible. You can see the range of motion and poseability students can achieve with Maggie.

Maggie has clothing options: long and T-shirt, pants, shorts, shoes, separate socks, and poseable toes.

To use Maggie, apply to an AnimSchool program or individual class.

AnimSchool characters and the AnimSchool Picker are used by more than 50,000 users worldwide, and have been used to win numerous animation contests and for commercial needs. AnimSchool is known as the most trusted name for appealing 3D characters.

With over 200 students, AnimSchool was founded in 2010 to bring character-focused 3D animation instruction to students all around the world, through live online sessions with the best film professionals.


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Orem, UT 84057
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Posing Concepts for Drawing with Sean Sullivan





Most terms, AnimSchool offers a free 2D art class open to all students. This term our art class is being taught by former Disney artist, Sean Sullivan. In this clip, Sean is teaching us about drawing characters in more appealing poses.






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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Louaye Moulayess- Quadruped walk basics


In  this clip from AnimSchool's animation class for term 6, Louaye Moulayess gives an intro to quadruped's walk cycle.



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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Graduate Spotlight - Julia Marenco




Today we'd like you to meet Julia Marenco, a recent AnimSchool graduate from the 3D Character Program! She is one talented woman and kind enough to let us ask her a few questions.


Did you have any previous experience in the arts, animation, or film?


When I started working, I began working as a producer of fashion for an Argentine fashion magazine.

After the magazine, I went to work on television as a producer at the beginning, while studying at the National School of Theater, so I ended up working in some soap operas and theater as an actress.

Later I began to study animation and when I finished my studies, I started working for a Spanish graphic design company making Flash animations related to school education, something like "The Little Prince" or some fables.




What was the most valuable part of your education at AnimSchool?


I can't choose just one part. For me, all my studies in AnimSchool are the most valuable part. All I've learnt is awesome, every single term amazes me. The patience and dedication of teachers, as well how they can get my best from me.

The other classes such as General Reviews and the Art Class are inspiring and motivating.

And one thing that I want to note is the way we have been taught to think about animation, such as how to make a cute adorable character and in its animation seems to be alive so that their acting touches us.

I have no words to thank AnimSchool for everything I've learnt.




What made you decide to enroll at AnimSchool to learn 3D modeling?


When the first 3D animated movies began to be seen in Argentina, I fell in love.

A few years later I started to think I'd love to do 3D, but did not know where I could learn 3D animation in Argentina, till one day I saw an ad in a newspaper publicizing courses in 2D and 3D animation.

So I went to the course and there I met a person who told me that before learning 3D animation had to learn traditional animation, drawing the animation by hand.

I thought she was right and went back to drawing and started learning traditional animation.

Thanks to that, I met a friend (Maximiliano Schneider) who years later would be my first 3D animation teacher and the person who would take me to study in AnimSchool.

The funny thing about all this was that when I decided to enroll in AnimSchool I decided to enroll in modeling instead of animation, because I knew nothing about 3D modeling, so I've become a modeler instead.




What are you are doing now that you have graduated from AnimSchool?


I'm working as a freelance 3D modeler.

Last year I modeled a giraffe character for a tv advertising agency and a character that looks like Superman for another agency. 

Also I modeled for AnimSchool some of the hairstyles and clothes for Malcolm.



Do you have any advice that you'd like to share with people just starting out?


Yes, ENJOY YOUR CLASSES, you're the lucky ones now!




Thank you so much for chatting with us, Julia!




To see more of Julia's beautiful work, check out her Demo Reel below:




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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Rahul Dabholkar - Animating Personality

















In this video clip from our online animation class, instructor Rahul Dabholkar talks about the importance of personality driven animation.



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