Future of Storytelling – Glen Keane

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

Future of Storytelling – Glen Keane

Forza 6 TV Commercial

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.

Forza 6 TV Commercial

11 Second Club – September Competition

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?!

Take a look at the archives and last months winner to get a great idea of some of the previous entries in this monthly competition.

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:

By ChillyFranco

By George Bletsis

By Khyzyl Saleem

By Andy Fairhurst

By Laurent Durieux

By Sergio Lantadilla

By Telltale Games

11 Second Club – September Competition

Seed by Aixsponza

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.

Aixsponza website

Making of Video:

Seed by Aixsponza

Artist Profile: Nicholas Kole

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.



Artist Profile: Nicholas Kole