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Jun 25

Cartoon Boot Camp 2010 (week 2) Drawing Mythical Beasts

Well, what a week it’s been. I can’t believe how great Cartoon Boot Camp at the Cartoon Art Museum is this year. Lots of new things happening and lots of new faces too. I am amazed at the skill that these young folks have.

This week was drawings Mystical Mythical Magical Beasts and it was a big challenge since we were drawing more realistic style animals.

A big shout out has to go to my support: Chris Conroy, Benjy Wachter and Nomi Kane as well as the director of the museums educational program and the staff.

I decided that the best way to show off the work of the students is a video slide show. The 11 kids did so much work and this was the best way to show it off.

I also got to create an animated intro for the slide show too, which was done with Chris Conroy. I did the 3D model, animation and compositing and Chris did a series of pencil drawings that I used as texture maps and 2D ‘cut-outs.’ The 3D work was done in Blender 3D, using the export plug-in to bring it into After Effects where the other elements were added. I am really pleased at how it came out.

The music is by Kevin MacLeod who licenses’ it for free through the Creative Commons. by

The examples on the slide-show feature drawing exercises and challenges as well as the students final drawing of creature they invented themselves.

as a bonus here is a better version of the intro animation I produced for the slide show.

Mystical Mythical Magical Beasties opening animation from Brian Kolm on Vimeo.

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