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It’s not surprising that small independent studios are usually the ones that take on projects that are in some ways unique, but not always well known. It’s a matter of history now that smaller companies than Disney Works successfully created many popular animated cartoons and short features that became famous. Computers and graphic design programs enabled easier creation of moving images.

The Hampa Way

Even so, Hampa Studio took it upon itself to design and draw a short, 12 minute, animated movie called Margarita. This award winning short was based on a poem by the famous Nicaraguan poet, Ruben Dario, who was considered the father of ‘Modernism’ and a great influence in Spanish Literature of the 20th century. Continue reading “What Makes Margarita so Beautiful?” »

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  1. World of Tomorrow

This is a 17 minute short directed by Don Herzfeldt and is the story of a little girl who goes on an adventure with her clone from the future. While many of the animated shorts have been made without a voice, this one differs in that the main character, Emily Prime, chats away in unscripted dialogue. She is best described as adorable. Continue reading “My Top 10 Favorite Animated Short Movies 2016” »

Pencil Drawing Techniques I Recommend Sticky

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* Hаvіng thе соnfіdеnсе tо try 

* Thе аbіlіtу tо bе аblе tо ѕее the ѕubjесt оf іntеrеѕt 

* The capacity tо remember ѕресіfіс tесhnіԛuеѕ

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Disney and other massive corporations release so many movies that some are bound to be lost in the scuffle. There are some movies that were released to theaters that are in fact excellent movies, but never got the full attention that they deserved because they were just not “the popular choice.” Well we can’t let those movies go unknown or forgotten! Let’s talk about a few of the most underrated animated movies.

Wallace and Gromit

This British stop-motion comedy was released in three 30 minute episodes, with a full-feature movie and a spin-off show called “Shaun the Sheep.” Wallace and Gromit was the story of an eccentric inventor and his dog, Gromit. They go on all sorts of adventures, which mostly come from Wallace’s mistakes during inventing. Shaun the Sheep is the spin off from the 3rd episode, and it is one of the best comedies out there. It’s brilliant because it’s totally silent! Sheep don’t talk, silly!

Meet The Robinsons

This Dreamworks sci-fi movie never really made it to the top as far as reviews or fan favorites go. For some reason, Meet the Robinsons never got the full attention that it deserved. This is odd, because it is one of the most clever movies Dreamworks has ever made. It is a solid and somewhat grounded vision of a sci-fi future, with time travel being a new and innovative technology to this civilization. The villain is one of the most odd and conflicted villains in any sci-fi movie you’ll ever watch.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels

Too many Star Wars fans assume that because these shows are animated, they are just for kids. Well guess what? The original Star Wars movies were made for kids too! These shows tell stories that are better than some of the later movies. The heroes and villains are memorable, and the new locations and weapons are fascinating. For some reason my dog loves this show too; a lot of nights we sit down and I’ll pass him dog toys from http://dogsrant.com/ while he sits in his massive, comfy dog bed. You can get a nice bed like his here!


Ok, I know it’s a bit of a stretch to call this movie underrated. But it really is! Tangled never got the full attention it deserved because Frozen came out so soon after. But I believe Tangled is the much better movie and deserves much more attention. Rapunzel is a great heroine; she’s innocent and interesting, but she is also a strong person and can stand up to trouble when it comes! Flynn Rider is a far better male character than any in Frozen; he’s funny, he can hold his own in a frying pan fight, and he’s more roguish and dashing. Tangled also has excellent musical numbers that rival Frozen; songs like “When Will My Life Begin” stand up with the best Frozen has to offer. This movie tells a wonderful and underrated story!

It’s officially winter in the Northern Hemisphere – or you might want to call it the most wonderful time of the year. It’s a season of hot chocolate, snow angels, icy sidewalks, and snowcapped mountain slopes. It’s the only season when you can enjoy ski resorts and wear ski gears like the ones you’ll find at this review site. And it’s also the season of holiday movies.

But the season would not be complete without its archetypal piece – snow. To better feel the spirit of this season, I’ve scoured around and looked for the art pieces that best depict the winter wonderland. From Utagawa Hiroshige’s interpretation of the winter scene in the orients to the multicolored blizzard landscapes of Wasilly Kandinsky, let’s take a glimpse and be fascinated at these art pieces inspired by the yuletide season.

  1. Night Snow at Kambara by Utaga Hiroshige – As soulful depiction of Christmastime in the Japanese landscape, this art piece vividly captures the snowy jaunt in Kambara. And it’s nothing close to your sidewalks.
  2. January by Grant Wood – This oil on Masonite painting showcase the teepees carefully arranged through a snow-covered expanse. The use of shadows and the ominous footprints make it very evocative.
  3. The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel – In this oil-on-wood painting, a group of hunters and its troop of canine pals are colorfully illustrated. The snowy Flemish landscapes set as perfect backdrop.
  4. Winter Landscape by Wassily Kandinsky – The depiction of snow in this oil on cardboard painting is impressive. You could barely see any white paint which makes it look surreal. Had this scenery been real, it would have been the best place for any ski enthusiast to roll down and try the best twin tip skis.
  5. The Magpie by Claude Monet – If there’s fifty shades of grey, this one showcases fifty shades of white. Simply staring into this impressionist painting will rouse the spirit of winter.
  6. New Snow in the Avenue by Edvard Munch – This painting would not make you scream. It presents the winter landscape in an abstract way, open to the audience’s interpretation.
  7. Road to Versailles at Louveciennes (The Snow Effect) by Camille Pissaro ­– What Versailles would look like in this time of the year, that’s what Pissaro beautifully captured in this oil on canvas painting. You can’t help but love the crisp white brushstrokes of winter.
  8. Winter (The Vicarage Garden Under Snow) by Vincent van Gogh – The prolific van Gogh showcases his creativity in this abstraction of winter. The use of pastel colors with the snowy landscape in the background is perfect.
  9. Tres Riches Heures du duc de Berry by Limbourg Brothers – The best surviving example of French Gothic manuscript, this piece of history depicts every season of the year. It perfectly encapsulates in images the thick winter snow covering the landscape.
  10. Winter Landscape with Church by Caspar David Friderich – A visualization of German winter, this oil on canvas summarizes all that winter is in this part of the globe. It is complete with all that makes winter, winter – church, snowcapped landscape. It’s simply nostalgic!

Most people tend to think of drawing as something that you can either do or not do… However, I beg to differ. Too many people think of drawing as something that is completely based on natural talent. Sure, some people grow up and are far more able to draw than others, but that does not mean that it is totally based on natural ability; some people had to work really hard to get those kinds of skills. It’s like learning how to play a drum from Barking Drum; some people can do it with natural talent, and MOST people have to work for it.  So now that we have myths about drawing out of the way, let’s talk about the actual benefits of learning how to draw.

Drawing can literally boost your brain and give you better ideas. Study after study has shown that when you are able to draw, your brain kicks into overdrive. Think of it like taking notes during class; you tend to remember things just from writing them down. Drawing is much the same way; your brain gets a massive boost just by taking the time to draw.

Drawing also gives you a way to distract yourself without using a computer. There are a lot of benefits to having a hobby that forces you to be creative such as playing a musical instrument, doing puzzles, and drawing. Drawing gives you something to do without needing to use the internet as your babysitter the whole time.

Drawing also teaches you how to fail. You will never be able to draw the “perfect” drawing, but you realize through spending a lot of time drawing that you don’t NEED to be the perfect artist. Art is a good and non-threatening way to train your mind that it’s OK to fail; you just need to be able to pick yourself back up again.

Any form of art gives you the patience to notice details. When you spend a lot of time drawing things in the real world and in your mind, you need careful attention to detail to accurately capture images. This is the same kind of attention to detail that a great drummer needs to know about the beat of songs; great musicians can hear things in music that most cannot, and great drawers can see things about the world that most cannot. This attention to detail will spill into all areas of your life; you will find yourself noticing things about the world that you never would have paid attention to before.

And one bonus reason why drawing is a great thing to learn: it’s REALLY impressive. It’s always amazing if you can draw something really well; people tend to be really impressed by good artists. Drawing is always a good crowd pleaser; in addition, art makes great small gifts or custom greeting cards.

If you get really good at drawing, many studios will want to hire you to assist with animation; that’s just one way that learning this useful little hobby and affect your career. Hopefully I’ve convinced you that it’s worth it to learn how to draw; I don’t think you’ll regret learning this skill, as you’ll use it in many areas of your life!

Today we are going to talk about an advanced filmmaking technique that is only for THE MOST patient of filmmakers: Stop-motion animation! Parts of “Margarita” were made this way, but I think the most famous example of stop-motion is the British cartoon “Wallace and Gromit.” This show was released in three 20 minute episodes, but each episode took months upon months to make. That is because the technique used is far outside of the reach of most filmmakers; but we’re going to talk about that technique today!

Stop-motion animation does not use computers to create the animation; that is the main difference between traditional CGI animation and stop-motion animation. It involves slowly moving a physical object while shooting with a camera 1 frame at a time. For example, a small clay figure (common in stop-motion) needs to walk from one end of the room to another. Each tiny motion has to be physically MOVED in the clay figure, one tiny step at a time. That way, the camera doesn’t interpret the movement as jerky or odd-looking; often if one step is messed up on the process you have to do the movement all over again. Hopefully you can see now why it takes so long to make this sort of tv show or movie; it is a very inefficient way of making movies.

For those of you that are graphic design nuts like me, you will notice that this is a lot like the way that early Disney movies were animated; you drew great pictures and changed one tiny thing about them at a time, like a giant flipbook. You might ask yourself “why bother with these types of animation when you could just do it all in a computer?

Well, that’s a great question, and it really depends on what you want out of your animation. Stop-motion animation is almost impossible to replicate by any other means; if you animate with your computer, it just won’t look the same. The other advantage to stop-motion is that it looks more realistic than other types of animation. For example, if you animated an air rifle on a computer using CGI methods, it would look less real than a stop-motion air rifle would, assuming that you have a great graphic artist.

At the end of the day I think I like stop-motion because it combines two things that I love: filmmaking AND sculpture. You have to put thought and detail into every set that you build; I get far more satisfaction from building a small set for a stop-motion film than I do from creating a virtual environment on a computer. It requires laser focus, like looking through this scope from http://riflejudge.com/gamo-whisper-fusion-pro-review/. Stop-motion animation adds a human element to a filmmaking industry that is becoming less and less humanized. Go out and give “Wallace and Gromit” or “Shaun the Sheep” a watch… The humor and excellent, and the animation style really adds to the atmosphere of the show.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably heard all your life from different people that you can never make money off of art. People say “drawing and art is a great hobby, but you’ll never go far with something like that.” Don’t believe the negative hype! That’s not true at all. Many people have made money as artists; that career is NOT just a pipe dream. Your ideal career may look slightly different in reality, but believe me: it can be done. I know that because I have done it myself, in my own life! Today I want to teach you how you can start your own career in art; how to gain the skills, how to negotiate, and where to find jobs. Don’t give up your dreams; figure out how to make them work!

First of all, make sure that your artistic skill set is marketable. You need to make your mind into a storehouse of ideas, just like Kronus Collars is a storehouse for real-life objects. This can mean any number of things. If you make music for your art look for jobs scoring small time projects; indie video games and commercials are a great way to introduce yourself to the scoring world.

Music is a hard scene to break into; the best way to break in is to be willing to start at the bottom and WORK. Marketable skills is music include part-writing, reading music, and knowledge of orchestral writing. If you have those skills you are on your way to a solid career.

If you are a graphic artist (painting, drawing, sketches) you have a couple of options. First of all, animation is a wide-open field. Corporations are always looking for people to make their commercials, which often need animation. You can also apply to jobs in small-time films. You can also make a great living doing graphic design for various sources as a freelancer; designing t shirts, logos, and websites allows you to make money working on your own schedule.

Your job here is to wrap people’s brand marks and websites into a nice, marketable package, just like the packages at http://kronuscollars.com/pallet-collars/. Marketable skills for graphic art are almost all computer-based; you need to know how to use graphic software like Adobe; being able to use something like Final Cuts is really helpful as well. A working knowledge of basic web design can really add to your marketability as well; that is a skill that I highly recommend. Graphic art is an excellent way to design your own career (pun intended!) without punching in a time clock.

Art is not a jobless field; it’s just a little less romantic than most people imagine. A career in art these days is less about sitting in a studio apartment in Prague, painting beautiful art; it CAN however mean sitting in a studio apartment in Prague designing logos and t shirts! You get to have your own schedule and living where you want. If that’s not the dream, I don’t know what is!

Pixar is a giant in modern children’s movies; movies like “Up,” “Inside Out,” “The Incredibles,” and “Toy Story” are classics as soon as they come out. Pixar may be a massive corporate filmmaking business, but their movies are works of art that can mess with your emotions long after you leave the theater.

But I don’t just want to talk about the feature films that Pixar makes; one of the hallmarks that Pixar has mastered is the art of the short film. Almost every Pixar film features a 3-5 minute short film, unrelated to the movie (with the exception of the Toy Story franchise). These can range from goofy to emotional, and sometimes tell a better story than the entire movie… In only 3 minutes or so. Here are a few of the best Pixar animated short films! Take notes… They can teach you how to tell an amazing story without words and in just a few minutes!

Geri’s Game, 1997 (A Bug’s Life)

This short is one of the most underrated Pixar shorts of them all. This short film features an old man playing chess against himself in the park. There is no dialogue; the old man simply moves from one side of the chessboard to the other. The interesting thing about this short is that Geri seems to become two players; each side of the board has a different personality. You feel a bit sad for this old man who has no one to play with; you wonder about his background and his life. This wins the prize for the most emotion packed into a small moment.

Lifted, 2006 (Ratatouille)

This is one of Pixar’s most humorous short films; it is about a novice alien who is trying to abduct a sleeping farmer. The alien realizes that the controls are massive in a mothership, and cannot find a way to manipulate all the controls to do what he needs to do. He abducts the cat, he throws the furniture around by accident… Everything except for the farmer! The other alien, the older and wiser one, has the agility of a Ninja, taking the controls and competently driving the ship. This short film kicked off the tradition of less emotional, more humorous Pixar shorts.

Day and Night, 2012 (Toy Story 3)

Day and Night is a very ethereal and odd Pixar short. It draws more from surrealist art and filmmaking than it does from traditional children’s movies. Day and Night is set against a black background and features mostly 2D animation, mixed with some 3D. Day and Night compete against each other, showing each other visions of different scenes. They compete to show which one is the best before realizing they actually complement each other very well.

Pixar short films are a masterful work of art. They show that you don’t need to beat viewers over the head with a lot of narrative, like boxing gloves from Goodbye Ninja. Some of the best stories ever told are minimal, but masterful.

We’ve already established in the previous post that there are a lot of benefits to learning to draw, and that anyone CAN learn how to do it. You just have to put the time and effort in! Today we’re going to talk about how you can get started drawing. You’ll see just how easy it is to learn basic drawing, and you’ll be on your way to advanced techniques in no time! So let’s get started… It’s time to make art!

Step 1: Lines

This is the part that almost everyone has trouble with in the beginning. Art is based on lines, both curved and straight. However, few people are able to draw those lines very well at all; most lines end up looking a bit curved the longer they get. Here’s a little cheat to show you how to draw lines that look much better: draw many tiny lines that add up to a big one.

Here’s the reason why you do that: the longer a line is, the more likely you are to make a mistake drawing it. If you can draw a much shorter line, you lessen the likelihood of making a mistake. This would be like a music teacher telling a student playing a saxophone to “play the whole piece at once, without stopping!” the very first time the student saw the music. That student couldn’t do that… And neither can you with lines! Break it up into pieces at first, then make the whole line come together.

Step 2: Relax

One mental roadblock in the minds of beginning artists is that drawing can seem like such a chore. If you’re ever tried to sketch something you may have found that it takes every little bit of concentration that you have, and then a little bit more! Drawing should not be this way. Take a little bit of time to just aimlessly sketch.

You’re not aiming to create a work of art that will hang in museums, you are just having fun. If you ever find yourself viewing drawing or sketching as a chore, take some time off and just have fun with it. You don’t want to negatively associate art with stress in your mind! Trumpet players don’t get a trumpet from Wind Plays to be stressed about music; they play to learn and enjoy music. Treat drawing the same way! You should ultimately enjoy what you’re doing.

Step 3: Practice the Small Steps

This may seem like a “well, DUH!” moment, but fewer people follow this rule than you would think. Don’t just try drawing small lines to make up a big line ONE time… Do it many times! You need to practice to get good at drawing. Don’t draw one circle and think you’ve mastered curves; draw hundreds of circles and hundreds of lines! This seems like a lot, but once you start it’s actually very therapeutic. Take time to practice, and you’ll be great before you know it!

A great musical score completes a great movie. The names Howard Shore of the infamous Lord of the Rings film franchise and John Williams of the equally stellar Star Wars flicks are two names that both movie and music fans surely know.

But while many associate musical scores with films, animated movies have them too. And this is one of the things that truly captivated me to Margarita. I just couldn’t help but feel nostalgic every time I listen to its entrancing melody. I even once thought of learning how to play it on a digital piano – I was just pushed back while checking on the prices of different digital piano brands at https://digitalpianojudge.com/digital-piano-brands/ — they’re quite high!

I’ve heard great musical composers lend their expertise to animated movies. The likes of Phil Collins and Mark Mancina, Henry Pryce Jackman, and the Sherman Brothers have all composed music for various animated flicks. Some have even earned recognition for their stint into the animated movie scene.

While some have been rightfully recognized, others seem to have been neglected of the praise they so deserved. I’m particularly impressed by several Japanese composers who provide scores for Japanese animation.

Here I’d like to train the spotlight to some of the best underrated musical composers in the eastern animation world:

  1. Tenmon

If you’ve ever seen a Shinkai film, you’ve certainly heard a composition from Shirakawa Atsushi, popularly called as Tenmon. He initially worked for Falcom games but a random meeting with Makato Shinka has led him to world of anime. Some of his favorite melodies include Sayuri’s Melody and Distant Everyday Memories.

  1. Nako Sato

Nako Sato has earned an award locally for his work on the film “Always: Sunset on Third Street.” Other notable sound tracks include “Distant Memory” and “Sadame.” Sato has also been part of Eureka Seven, Evangelion, and X TV.

  1. Yoko Kanno

Well-respected in the Japanese animation industry, Yoko Kanno has worked not only for Japanese anime series and movies but also for video games, live action shows, commercials and song writers. She has a long list of notable compositions but some of the best ones are Wolf’s Rain, Cowboy Beebop, Ghost in a Shell, Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie, and Ghost in a Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

  1. Joe Hisaishi

Mamoru Fujisawa or Hisaishi is has written and directed numerous musical scores. Some of his great compositions include that of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle. He has also lent his music to live-action films. His music is so alive, full of emotions and very catching. I love how he perfectly combines the piano tune with all the other instruments. I bet he must have used a digital piano, like those at DigitalPianoJudge, for playing the melodies.

  1. Yuki Kaijura

A favorite of many anime fans, Yuki Kaijura has a unique, dark and captivating music. Her compositions, I can compare with that of Howard Shore’s LOTR. Some of her impressive musical compositions include Galza and A Song of Storm. She is also known to have worked for animes like Noir, Madlax, Gundam Seed, and Tsubasa.

The amazing works of these composers are truly worth listening.