Animal Logic’s Craig Welsh (Lighting Supervisor on “The Lego Movie”) shares the challenges of creating the photorealistic visuals of the film at his blog Expanded Cinematography.
Chris provides a fascinating and in-depth report on the challenges of scale, lighting, story, and the inspirations they used.

How to Storyboard
Animation Director Ron Doucet has put together what may be the most comprehensive study of the art of storyboarding possible in a single blog post. Via his site FloobyNooby.com Ron breaks down storyboards, cinematography, and even posing using a variety of examples from animation and live action. Required reading!

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grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: CONTOUR LINEOne of the most straight forward tip I have about Life Drawing. It kind of goes against what most life drawing instructors will tell you. The first thing you’ll hear is “Draw from the inside.” A contour line on a figure drawing is about the most superficial way to approach it BUT, it will help you tremendously at finding a clear silhouette. By the way, no one says you can’t slightly alter the silhouette you are looking at. If there’s a way to make it clearer or make a better statement, go for it. Drawing is about making decisions, not just copying what you’re seeing. The same way other techniques will help understand how the body functions, using a contour line as an exercise will help you find proportions, angles of the body and general appeal in your posing.Normand

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: CONTOUR LINE

One of the most straight forward tip I have about Life Drawing. It kind of goes against what most life drawing instructors will tell you. The first thing you’ll hear is “Draw from the inside.” A contour line on a figure drawing is about the most superficial way to approach it BUT, it will help you tremendously at finding a clear silhouette. By the way, no one says you can’t slightly alter the silhouette you are looking at. If there’s a way to make it clearer or make a better statement, go for it. Drawing is about making decisions, not just copying what you’re seeing. The same way other techniques will help understand how the body functions, using a contour line as an exercise will help you find proportions, angles of the body and general appeal in your posing.

Normand

Let’s Draw!
Walt Disney Studios has shared a short tutorial from PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE head of story Art Hernandez on how to draw two of the main characters from the film, Dusty & Dipper.
Although this may appear elementary upon first glance the principles of perspective, staging, foreshortening, and appeal are all present of course. Additionally, I always find it interesting to see how CG characters translate from a hand drawn image.

Animators often find working in CG is not intuitive. Dreamworks has been improving the tools for their artists to allow them to do what they do best - be creative and bring the best possible performance to the screen. This behind the scenes video, via CGMeetUp, displays Dreamworks new animation software Primo and how it improves the workflow of their animators.

Original article via CGmeetup.com:
http://www.cgmeetup.net/home/dreamworks-animation-behind-the-scenes/