Cartoon Museum "Comics Maestro Competition"
Animation Apprentice Blog
by Alexander Williams
5d ago
"Young Comics Maestro" Competition The Alison Brown "Young Comics Maestro" Competition closes in 11 days, on 30 June.  London's Cartoon Museum is looking for the next big "18 or Under" comic artist. Send in your best comic strip to the Cartoon Museum, three pages max, to enter the competition and get your work in front of judges from The Beano, The Phoenix, and The Cartoon Museum. The deadline is Sunday 30 June at 6pm.  One Winner, Two Runners-Up Get your work in front of Beano judges There will be one overall winner and two runners-up. T ..read more
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Free Beginner Tutorials at Animation Apprentice
Animation Apprentice Blog
by Alexander Williams
6d ago
Animate a Cartoony Vehicle We have lots of beginner animation tutorials at Animation Apprentice, many of them completely free.  To get started with animation basics, why not Animate a Telephone Ringing in Maya, Animate a Flag Waving in Maya, or Animate a Submarine Underwater.  It takes a while to master the art and craft of animation, but these beginner tutorials are a great way to get started. Basic Animation Tutorials All our tutorials are designed to be easy to use for beginners just getting started with Maya. That said, the learning curve for 3D anima ..read more
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Quadruped Horse Walk Tutorial
Animation Apprentice Blog
by Alexander Williams
1w ago
Horse walk by Matt Lawson-Hall We've uploaded a new series of video tutorials on animating quadrupeds, a "Horse Walk Tutorial" using the "Rhett The Clydesdale" Maya Rig, which is free to download. All animators need to learn how to animate a quadruped walk cycle.  The horse walk tutorial is password-protected but available to all our current students. Quadruped Walk Tutorial The tutorial is broken into four parts, and is based on a simplified breakdown of a quadruped walk, using basic techniques to get a fast and accurate result.  Thumbnails Start with the thumbnails ..read more
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Spiders and Scorpions Animation Demo Reel
Animation Apprentice Blog
by Alexander Williams
1w ago
Above is a compilation of some of the best arachnid animation by our students completed in recent years. Spiders and scorpions might seem hard to animate - but we break down the technique into a series of simple steps, re-using animation curves to get a quick and effective result. Edited by Miguel Teixeira, Song: New Arcade. Music by: CreatorMix.com.  Animation Apprentice Demo Reels Our students have been producing excellent animation at Animation Apprentice since 2012.  To see some of our students' best work, follow the links below: 2024 Character Performance ..read more
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Young Animator of the Year Competition Open
Animation Apprentice Blog
by Alexander Williams
1w ago
Young Animator of the Year 2024 The Young Animator of the Year UK ("Yay!") 2024 Competition is now open for entries. Entries are welcomed from UK-based animators between the ages of 11 and 18 years.  All they have to do is submit their film to http://younganimator.uk by September 16th 2024. YAY Official Site https://younganimator.uk/competition. Deadline The Deadline is 16 September 2024 To find out more about Animation Apprentice, click here for a link to Frequently Asked Questions. To sign up for our next classroom at Animation Apprentice, follow th ..read more
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Animate Dialogue with Monty: "I'm Outta Here!"
Animation Apprentice Blog
by Alexander Williams
2w ago
Monty: "I'm Outta Here!"  In the simple animation tutorial below we show how to animate a character with no mouth saying a line of dialogue.   But how can you animate dialogue and lipsync - with no lips?  The answer is - it's all in the performance.  If the body language is working, then the audience will believe that the character is speaking - even if it has no mouth.  "I'm Outta Here" Monty thumbnails: "I'm Outta Here"! In this tutorial we animate "Monty" saying a line of dialogue - "I'm Outta Here" - from Disney's Aladdin ..read more
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Crab Scuttle Animation Tutorial
Animation Apprentice Blog
by Alexander Williams
2w ago
Animate a crab scuttle underwater In this new animation tutorial we demonstrate how to create a locomotion cycle in Maya with a crab rig, showing how to take a complex motion, break it down - and make it simple. A crab's sideways scuttle looks complex, but is in fact very easy to animate, by following this basic tutorial. We start by animating a single animation curve, and then copy it across the crab rig.  Crab Scuttle Below is a two second video to show what we are aiming at. Crab Scuttle - How It Works https://vimeo.com/video/954371913 ..read more
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Anticipation, Action & Reaction Tutorial
Animation Apprentice Blog
by Alexander Williams
2w ago
In this very simple tutorial we show how to animate an anticipation, action and reaction in Autodesk Maya, using the Yellow Beetle "AnyCar" rig. Instead of animating the Beetle out of the frame, we add a "smear frame", to get it off screen as fast as possible, in the style of the old Tex Avery or Chuck Jones cartoons. The reaction at the end is the camera shake, simulating the air pressure as the car whizzes past.  Anticipation, Action and Reaction Yellow Beetle Rig The Beetle rig, snappily titled ""Swappable Car Rig with Ubershockies - The AnyCar 3.1.4 for Maya" is a great wa ..read more
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Animate a Swimming Jelly with Caustics
Animation Apprentice Blog
by Alexander Williams
1M ago
 Animate a cartoony jelly traveling underwater. In this super simple tutorial we show how to animate a cartoony jelly traveling underwater. This is a very basic tutorial aimed at beginners in Maya. The idea is to do some very simple animation of an underwater scene, then add a caustic effect to reproduce the effect of light penetrating water.  The jelly rig can be downloaded for free here.  Jelly Rig The cartoony jelly rig can be downloaded for free here. If you can't find a copy, email us at info@animationapprentice.org Work Method Part 1- Animate a Je ..read more
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SuperHero Pets! A Creativity Exercise
Animation Apprentice Blog
by Alexander Williams
1M ago
via GIPHY Welcome to Super Hero Pets! This is a fun exercise designed to help imagine an original TV or web series.  Your goal is to learn the basic building blocks of story, story-telling and character, by imagining a short film based on your first pet, or cuddly toy.  Start by imagining the characters, who they are, and what they do. Then design your four main characters.   What You Will Learn Underdog! By the end of this exercise you will be able to create and imagine new situations and characters. Assets You will need: 1. Coloured Pencils  2. Paper. 3. Im ..read more
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