Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Gifted Artist Animation art Gallery Opening!

Hey folks,

There's an amazing show that benefits the Loma Linda Childrens Hospital at the CCAA Museum of Art., in Rancho Cucamonga.

Disney Artists, Floyd Norman Bruce Smith, Bill Perkins, Aurian Redson, Glen Keane, Victoria Ying,
Lorelay Bove, and Mark Henn will be displaying work there.

A large number of animation artist are contributing to the exhibit. Please go and see this great show. Saturday Dec 19. 5-10pm

12467 Baseline rd. Rancho Cucamonga, Ca.

Here are a the artists participating.

Alex Leon, Alina Chau, Angie Hu, Aurian Redson, Bonnie Lui, Bill Perkins, Brian Yam, Bruce Smith, Chad Morgan, Charlie Wen, Chris Ayers, Chris Appelhans, Christian Narcordo, David Colman, Dean Yeagle, Derek Kosol, Erik Martin, Eunjung June Kim, Elisa Takagi, Floyd Norman, Gerald Dedios, Glen Keane, Glen Vilppu, Grace Lee, Greg K Smith, Iain McCaig, Jackson Sze, Justin Gerard, Kate Burgess, Katy Wu, Kelly Light, Lesley Vamos, Ken Kinoshita, Kohei Nakajima, Lorelay Bove, Lou Romano, Lubomir Arsov, Martin Hsu, Marshall Vandruff, Mark Henn, Mike Hernadez, Molly Hahn, Morgan Sheffield, Pascal Campion, Peter De Seve, Scott Seeto, Sho Murase, Rick Caughman, Robh Ruppel. Rona Liu, Roque Ballesteros, Shaun Tan, Stephen Silver, Sunny Apinchapong, Tara Rueping, Traci Honda, Uwe Heidschoetter, Vivian Nguyen, Victoria Ying

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Aurian Redson Story Artist from Disney Audio

Hey folks,

If you missed the awesome lecture by Aurian Redson. You can download the 1st hour here.
Aurian was a story artist on Bolt, Meet the Robinson, Brother Bear and other films.
He also boarding on the Disney special Prep & Landing on ABC...and you can watch it on HULU!

Monday, December 7, 2009

CTN EXPO 2009 audio

Hey folks,

If you missed the CTN Expo 2009. (Cartoon Talent Expo)

I've recorded some of the panels. Exciting topics on Colorscripting, character design, Pixar on comics and storytelling and some others. Enjoy! They're WMA files, so they should work on any PC, and Macs using VLC or the windows media player for mac.

You can download them from here and here.

Aurian Redson Story Artist from Disney Feature Animation on Saturday Dec 12!

Aurian Redson will be here on Saturday Dec. 12. 12:30pm in room 154. A graduate of calarts, worked in tv for a couple of years as a character layout artist, board revisionist and board artist, then got a job at Disney Feature and has been for seven years now. Some of the films have been Brother Bear, Chicken Little, Meet The Robinsons, Bolt and the new xmas special Prep and Landing.

We will have signed items to give AWAY!

Also got a co-screenwriting credit on Robinsons, did the voice of Frankie for Robinsons and illustrated a picture book for Bolt!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Hey folks, watch your calenders!.
We have an amazing panel coming up in March. Peter Tuminello, character modeler, Bruno Velazquez supervising animator, Ruben Morales, environment modeler, and others who will participate to talk about God of War III., and the process of making the game. Stay tuned for more details!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Astroboy Opens Tomorrow!

Hey folks,

Hope you can go support the new Astroboy film that opens tomorrow. Once you've watched the film, head back to this site and listen to this interview with the writer and director David Bowers! I enjoyed the film , but had issues with the story. Good design and good animation make this an entertaining film, and if your a fan of the series, you should go watch this!.

click here to download interview!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Brian Yam-Concept Artist from Naughty Dog Comes to the Inland Empire

Brian Yam, an amazing concept artist will be here on Saturday Oct 10 from 3-6pm Brian has worked on the RESISTANCE FALL OF MAN 1,2. Ratchet and Clank, and Uncharted 2. He is a concept artist at Naughty Dog, one of the premerie Sony Playstation 3 Game Developers!

BE THERE! All GAD students NEED to attend this. If you have a class, talk to your instructor about coming., Or better yet WAIT for the VIDEO! (But you have to wait another week) SO GO TO IT NOW! He will be here from 3-6pm

He will be doing speedpainting demo and talking about color and composition. Senior students bring your portfolios! He will be looking at portfolios the last hour.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Steve Hampton's New Book is out!!

Steve Hamptons book is out! Steve teaches Anatomy and life drawing, as well as painting and comparative anatomy. If you need to improve your anatomy and learn how to draw it step by step, this is the book for you!. If you have any interest in learning how to draw the figure, and have it broken down with the key landmarks and muscles color coded., this IS the book! If you want to be a modeler, You BETTER get this book. It serves as a blueprint for a number of books.
Order it here.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Tim Allen, Background Designer from Disney TV comes to the Inland Empire

Hey Folks,

Tim Allen will talk about color and composition for background design for tv and feature and what he does at Disney, and the particular tools he uses. He will be using Illustrator and Photoshop.Tim Allen has done work for Fosters Friends, Powerpuff girls and now is at Disney TV.

He will be doing a workshop from 1-4pm on Saturday Rm. 2123 (Mac Computer lab)

Friday, August 14, 2009


Blizzard is coming to our school in September. Stay tuned for more specific information.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Life Drawing workshop 1-5pm This Saturday 8/8/09

Christian Nacorda will be running the life drawing class on Saturday 1-5pm in Rm 151 Saturday 1-5pm.

Please come by and draw! Or paint?

40 Photoshop tutorials!

Hey folks,

Here's a site that has 40 photosop tutorials.

Yehh. There's some cool ones.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Miyazaki audio interview at Berkeley

Hey folks,

Besides going down to the Comic-con this last week, I had the great fortune to see Hayao Miyazaki live in San Francisco (Berkeley). Though I missed the Ponyo screening, I hope to see it Aug 14 and you should too. Here the audio from the interview. Hope you enjoy!

Also if you missed the Comic-con., Here's John Lasseter interview Miyazaki.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Peter Jackson and James Cameron on the Future of Filmmaking

Hey folks,

Went to an interesting lecture at the comic con about the future of filmmaking with James Cameron and Peter Jackson. Take a listen. Where are we headed, will 3d be the dominant format? Is there anything else on the horizon.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Ian Worrel from Jibjab visits Art Institute Thursday, July 30, 12:00PM -

Hey folks, Ian Worrel will talk about his work as a production designer and animator at JibJab Productions. Jibjab has done a number of animated political shorts that have appeared on the Tonight show and a number of other places. Ian will talk about what it takes to be a designer and animator in this medium and how you can successful make the transition from student to professional. Ian graduated from the character animation department at CalArts and spent 5 quarters at an AI in Orange County before then. He was a co-director and the production designer for the latest Obama film we just put out. Come see him talk in R-154 Thursday, July 30, 12:00PM -1:00pm. Hope to see ya there!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Floyd Norman's advice to future story artists

Floyd Norman visited the Art Institute Inland Empire back in June and we had a great time. While we had a great Q & A Session, no one asked about becoming a story artist. I decided to ask Floyd Norman by email, "What does it take to be a great story artist for feature film?" Here's his answer.

That's a very good question you asked. I'm sorry that never came up in the questions. Here's the way I like to explain it.

I've spoken with many old timers at Disney and other studios, and all have the same opinion. You become a better artist by being a better informed artist. That is, learn as much as you can about everything you can. Study not just art, but literature, music, dance, history -- whatever.

I was speaking with Brad Bird recently, and he said that what you experience in life informs everything you do. You're a better director or story artist because you bring all you know to the table when making a film.

I studied music when I was a kid. Violin, clarinet and saxophone. I knew I would never become a great musician, but learning to read music turned out to be real asset when I found myself working on a movie and I was able to read the score.

I couldn't help but be aware that many of the Disney artists I admired were not just great artists. Many were knowable about many other things as well. Most had fascinating hobbies. Even Walt Disney tinkering with his little scale model locomotive in his home workshop eventually led to his creating Disneyland.

I think these things help you become a better story artist. Of course, you have to practice your craft. However, the more things you know and experience will help you do your job that much better.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Workshops coming on Summer Break!

Advance color theory in Photoshop,Digital Painting workshops, Zbrush Workshops, Painting and sculpting the figure. Drawing the draped figure! Car modeling in Maya.

All on the 2nd week of break (June 29-July 2)
Stay tooned for more details

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jaimie Caliri-Stop Motion wizard director

Jaimie Caliri directed the titles for Lemony Snicket. If you haven't seen them already. Check them out on Youtube. His latest work is a amazing cut-out commercial for United Airlines. Its done by hand with real cut-outs. Check out the commercial here.
He's one of the greats in my opinion who has been doing some great cut out animation work.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Making of Pixar's UP event at Nucleus Gallery this Saturday 2-5pm!

Hey folks,

After you've watched "Up" on Friday. Come up to Nucleus Gallery and hear Ronnie Del Carmen speak.He'll talk about his work on the Disney•Pixar film "Up" where he served as story supervisor & lead story artist. Ronnie will show a short slide presentation and participate in a Q and A session.
He'll also sign art of "Up" books as well.
Nucleus Gallery is about 50 minutes from the Inland Empire.

May 30,
2:00PM - 5:00PM
210 East Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
United States

Friday, May 22, 2009

Christmas Carol Multimedia tour at the L.A Union Station

Hey folks, Robert Zemeckis new film "Christmas Carol" is opening Nov.6. with Jim Carrey. If you would like to come up to Los Angeles and visit the Union Train Station, your in for a treat! A whole 4 trains has been set up with various examples of character development and design, concept art, models, and maquettes, performance capture footage, artifacts from the Charles Dickens Museum in London, plus interactive kiosks for London Flyovers and character morphing with your own face, powered by HP TouchSmart PCs!

Sergio Paez-Clone Wars Storyboard Artist-Webinar at Art Institute Inland Empire

Sergio Paez will be speaking from San Francisco about working as a storyboard artist for the Clone Wars series!

Sergio has worked for Sega, Sony, Pixar and ILM! He'll talk about what it takes to be successful as a storyboard artist and how he has worked on some of the coolest projects!

Join us for the webinar in R-138 at the Art Institute Inland Empire! at 12:30pm!

See ya there!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Interview with Creature Designer Neville Page

Great article about the creature designer on Star Trek. There's some great sketches and finished art with this article on creature designer Neville Page. Click here

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Life Drawing this Saturday! May 16th, 2009

Hey folks,

Don't forgot that life drawing is this Saturday 1-5pm R-151. Model will be announced soon!

Friday, May 8, 2009

10 Steps to your Dream

I just finished a seminar by John Maxwell, who has a book called "Put Your Dream to the Test"
Here's a great little blurb that will benefit you greatly.
10 Questions to ask yourself in terms of career and life.
It might even be great to carry it in your wallet!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Life Drawing this Friday and every Friday for this Quarter!

AI students !

Life Drawing Workshops for the Spring Quarter starts this Friday!

May 5th 2009, 6pm-10pm R-151.

Come by and relax to some groovy tunes and snacks and draw! Bring any medium..pencil, charcoal, watercolors, or crayons!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Creative Brainstorming

Hey folks,

If you have haven't checked out this out. Please do. Its by Bobby Chiu an amazing digital painter who has his own online school (schoolism)

Its on different techniques to get past your mental blocks

Monday, May 4, 2009

Rhythm and Hues Tour June 10

Hey folks, June 10th is the R & H Tour. Who the heck is R & H. Brian Wells one of our teachers worked there and is a lead animator who worked on Golden Compass, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Night of the Museum II, and LAND OF THE LOST! Check out there site.

Watch your emails for the INVITE!

Disney Feature Animation Tour Coming Soon

Hey folks,

Watch your emails. Disney Feature Animation Tour coming soon in Summer. Remember you stand a better chance if you have a 3.00 GPA or better.

Here we go!

Hey folks,

This place is for all the news happening for MAA/GAD Majors. What's happening. Guest Speakers, special workshops, Studio tours, great news, and last but not least, contests to win great prizes!