Over nearly four decades at Disney, Glen Keane animated some the most compelling characters of our time: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, the titular beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s Tarzan, to name just a few.
The son of cartoonist Bil Keane (The Family Circus), Glen learned early on the importance of holding onto your childhood creativity—and how art can powerfully convey emotion. Keane has spent his career embracing new tools, from digital environments to 3D animation to today’s virtual reality, which finally enables him to step into his drawings and wander freely through his imagination.
At FoST, he’ll explore how to tap into your own creativity, connecting to emotion and character more directly than ever before.
Keane’s VR painting is created in Tiltbrush: tiltbrush.com
Tour through the ages of racing video games to the forefront of technology in this new commercial for Forza Motorsport 6.
The piece has fantastic visuals and uses voxelisation techniques to achieve 3D pixel art for the retro vehicles.
Voxelisation is a volume sampling calculation that converts 3D models into spacial data, and can be done in many 3D packages especially Side Fx’s Houdini. the technique was utilised to make the effects in The Lego Movie possible.
Making Of Video
Head over to the creative review website for an interview with the director Elliot Dear about the making of this fantastic short
September is here and along with it another 11 second club competition.
Your task is to animate the following dialogue taken for the fantastic film ‘Back to the Future’;
Voice 1: This is, ah, this is heavy duty, Doc! This is great! Does it run on like regular unleaded gasoline?
Voice 2: Unfortunately, no. It requires something with a little more kick… Plutonium!
Voice 1: Ah, Plutonium! Ah, wait, are you telling me this sucker is nuclear?!
Animation can be either 2d, 3d or mixed media. If you want to use a pre-made 3d that’s ready to animate with visit their resources page to get started.
Back to the Future is also a great source for fan art, look at some of these great pieces:
Seed is a free project made by Aixsponza, created to test and try out ideas, techniques and skills. It was created using various techniques including photogrammetry.
Aixsponza is an animation studio based in Munich, Germany that creates work for large and small budgets for a wide variety of clients.
Making of Video:
This is the original short film “Creature Comforts” directed by Nick Park. The film won Park the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1990.
Hugely popular advertisements soon followed and the series of Creature Comforts began in 2003.
Kole is a freelance Concept Artist, his clients include; Disney Publishing, Hasbro, Puma, Riot Games, Cloudkid & Dark Horse Publishing.
His work demonstrates an excellent understanding of strong composition and is a great reference for beautiful colour palettes that compliment the narrative of the piece.
Halo 5 Opening Cinematic. Watch Spartan Locke and the rest of Fireteam Osiris in the worldwide unveiling of the opening cinematic to Halo 5: Guardians.
Original Cinematic by Digic Studios
Go behind the scenes of the production of The Witcher 3 launch trailer by Digic Studios.
Head on over to FX Guide’s post here for a full, in-depth look at the making of this cinematic.