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3 Sources of Inspiration for Artists and Animators

Posted:August 08 2018

Post Categories: AnimationBlogConcept ArtFine Art & Portfolio SkillsIllustration for Sequential ArtsInspiration

It’s bound to happen sometime. You might be the most prolific artist ever; you might have the best creative brief ever authored. But you simply can’t seem to get a start on your illustration, piece of art or the first frame of your animation storyboard. First, you’re not alone. Creative blocks are common for creative […]

Benefits of Camps & Workshops in Art and Animation

Posted:July 13 2018

Post Categories: Art-workshopsBlogMax the Mutt

We’ve done them for over 20 years and this year’s schedule for summer camps and workshops in art and animation at Max the Mutt is as busy as ever. Whether you’ve graduated from a formal arts and animation college or university program. Or you’re considering a career in arts and animation. Summer camps and workshops […]

The Psychology of Colour in Art and Animation

Posted:June 26 2018

Post Categories: AnimationBlog

Whether it’s in animation, concept art or illustration for sequential arts, the psychology of colour might play as much a role in a viewer’s impression of your work as just about any other aspect. In terms of art and animation, the psychology of colour involves the mental and psychological effects that the colour in your […]

The Importance of Still Life Drawing

Posted:June 14 2018

Post Categories: AnimationBlogConcept ArtFine Art & Portfolio SkillsMax the Mutt

Before we discuss the importance of still life drawing, it helps to clarify just what is is. Interestingly, still life art typically depicts everyday natural or man-made objects that are inanimate and, in contrast to the name, generally lifeless. But it’s the depiction of what may be a lifeless (actually including dead animals in some […]

The Case for Storyboarding & Animatics Being Crucial in Creating a Successful Animation Project

Imagine trying to verbally explain to someone exactly how the story you want to animate will unfold from start to finish. There, now you’re starting to get an idea of the importance of storyboarding for any animation project. Storyboards show “shot by shot” where the camera will be, and how the visuals will tell the […]

5 Skills a Concept Artist Needs for Creature Design

Posted:May 09 2018

Post Categories: AnimationBlogConcept Art

From the earliest days of film and digital animation, including the Ray Harryhausen classic films, and digital games, like 1993’s Doom, creature design has been a central process on which the success of the entire project can hinge. If there is anything in common with Harryhausen’s Cyclops, Doom’s monsters and even the Clickers who prowl […]

Why Concept Art is So Important

Posted:April 15 2018

Post Categories: AnimationBlogConcept ArtMax the Mutt

Even if you’ve heard about concept art, it can still be difficult to understand why it’s so important for animation and video game projects. What is Concept Art? It might help to start with what concept art is not. It’s not a simple illustration of a concept. It’s not a sketch or layout of an […]