Apps for Animation Image Capture 2018

Image Above: Camera Operator Bill Cottrell shoots a Mickey Mouse cartoon in 1930 at the Hyperion Avenue studio. Image Credit: Hans Perk, A Film L.A.

Over the last several years my students have used a number of different Image Capture apps for shooting their animation. Lately, most everyone has been using an app called Stop Motion Studio that has the very nice virtue of being available on all of the major platforms: iOS, Android, Mac OS, and Windows.

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Cartoon Figures: Part 1

Simple Cartoon Figure Drawing

Simple is probably the wrong word. Veteran students might recall the times I’ve shown the work of artists and described their work as deceptively simple. When I say that what I’m getting at is that an artist’s work may seem superficially simple but  there is often a great deal of complexity hidden underneath the image. In order to achieve a simple look and do it really well requires a great deal of skill, technique, and thoughtfulness on the part of the artist.

Anyhow, we’ll discuss those aspects of simplicity more in class. For now, let’s move on:

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Rubber Hose Style Characters from Get a Horse

From the Animation Archive (Broken Link):

To create new model sheets for each of the characters in “Get A Horse!,” Disney Animation hand-drawn artist Eric Goldberg studied early Mickey films.

The Animation Archive website is a treasure trove of animation related artwork: Check it out (Broken Link).

Model Sheets by Eric Larson:

Also see: This post on the a video game under development that nails the look of early to mid 1930s animation style.

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