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from the internets: Over the Garden Wall BG Paint tutorial by Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

There’s a great little BG painting tutorial up on Nick Cross’ Tumblr. It’s a process piece he put together for painters on Over the Garden Wall. Check it out… »

Process: Sneak peek behind the scenes at Over the Garden Wall

By Mike Valiquette

We’ve made no secret of our love for the work of Canadian expat animator Nick Cross. The expat part is because he’s been working at Cartoon Network for the last year or so. Nick headed south to Art Direct on Over the Garden Wall. Which happens to be crazy awesome and unlike anything else that… »

SUPER SCIENCE FRIENDS Master Post- Animation update #7

By Mike Valiquette

I love this more than most things. Maybe as much as I love sandwiches. Tinman Creative Studios is a wonderful little studio in Toronto run by wonderful people. They make wonderful things. The most wonderful of those things is Super Science Friends. They refer to it as “the show that no one will ever buy”…. »

from the internets: More Cordell Barker on NFB Blog

By Mike Valiquette

Cordell “the Cat Came Back” Barker has another blog post over on the NFB blog. He’s just finished up a stint at the NFB Montreal studio working a stop motion segment for his newest film. Stop-motion is a new medium for him, and it’s interesting to gt a glimpse of his struggles. As a established… »

Puppet Building Workshop with Carla Veldman, presented by TAIS, Toronto

By Mike Valiquette

The Toronto Animated Image Society regularly presents workshops on a variety of subjects. Coming up next month, for instance, is a puppet-building workshop presented by stop-motion animator Carla Veldman. Carla is the film-maker behind Dog Walker. Dog Walker – The Most Loyal from Carla Veldman on Vimeo. Here are the details for the workshop. Check… »

from the internets: Animation Production Insight, from Echo Bridge

By Mike Valiquette

Steve Valdez runs Echo Bridge Pictures.  They’re a boutique animation studio out of Florida.  Yeah, I know that’s not in Canada, but I’m not going to hold it against him.  Steve’s an honorary Canadian in my book.  I met him a few years ago at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, an event he tries to… »

the Making of Rock and Rule, Canadian Animation history lesson on YouTube

By Mike Valiquette

Thanks to Hobo Divine for pointing this out!  I haven’t made it through the whole thing yet (darn job keeps getting in the way), but this is definitely worth a watch.  Rock and Rule is a pivotal film in Canadian animation history, marking both a high and low point for what could be considered Canada’s… »

TAAFI poster chit-chat with Mike Geiger and Rich Duhaney

By Mike Valiquette

About a week or so ago, we posted Mike Geiger‘s design for the inaugural TAAFI poster.  Lots of you seem to like its obvious cartoonery, so we decided to ask Mike and Rich Duhaney (of TAAFI) for a little background on the design. Mike’s pretty busy, but he managed to squeeze this out for us:… »

Cartoonists demo the Wacom Inkling, Marlo hulks out.

By Mike Valiquette

A while back, we got the good people at Wacom to send us one of their fancy new Inkling pens to do a demo.  You remember the Inkling right?  It tore up people’s twitter feeds for about 24 hours.  I figured I should get someone who knows their digital tools to put it through its… »

30 Second film update, “A Gritty Western”

By Mike Valiquette

Over on the 30 Second Film Challenge Blog, for any who are interested, I’ve posted the animatic for what may be the most ambitious film of the bunch.  “A Gritty Western” is just that, a gritty western, in 30 seconds.  The challenge, with this film, is to use the language of the western, the conventions… »

the making of “the Devil and Daniel Mouse

By Mike Valiquette

A look back at animation production at Nelvana through the wayback… »

A conversation with Nick Cross, part II

By Mike Valiquette

A while back, I posted part I of my conversation with indie-director, Nick Cross.  Here’s part two.  Nick’s got less than a month left on his IndieGoGo fundraising campaign to finance his next film, an ambitious attempt at producing an animated feature, Black Sunrise.  We’ve got a link posted to the campaign, and I’d encourage… »

So you want to make a Canadian cartoon….

By Mike Valiquette

So let’s end the week with this, shall… »

Hothouse report 1, by Tabitha Fisher

By Mike Valiquette

A little while back, the NFB announced this year’s Hothouse participants.  Among them was Tabitha Fisher, an animator and illustrator from Toronto.  I’ve featured some of Tabitha’s work here on the site before, and I’m very glad to announce that she’ll be doing a bit of writing for us for the next little while, sharing… »

Joseph Gilland’s Elemental Magic special effects workshop (quick review by Barry Sanders)

By Mike Valiquette

Friend of the site, Barry Sanders, was fortunate enough to attend Joseph Gilland’s effects workshop in Toronto last week.  He was kind enough to send over a quick write up: On Sunday February 20th the Toronto Animated Image Society presented a full day lecture by veteran effects animator Joseph Gilland to a sold out NFB… »

PROCESS: Inking, with Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

‘Inking’ in Flash demo Here’s a demo video I recorded of myself inking a drawing in Flash CS3. I accidently exported the video in grayscale…oh well…. »

PROCESS: Animation, with Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

More from Mr Nick Cross: Animation process with video Okay, after intending to do this for ages, I finally took the time to document my steps in taking a scene from animatic through to finished cleaned up animation. I’ve recorded each stage as a video so hopefully you will be able to see the progression…. »

PROCESS: BG Paint, with Nick Cross

By Mike Valiquette

Nick Cross (Yellowcake, Angora Napkin, Waif of Persephone, Mr Floaf) is a generous soul.  He shares with you, and he shares with me.  Just look at his blog.  See?  Sharing.  Nick has been generously sharing his process in a series of posts, the latest of which exposes the secrets to his succulent background painting.  Nick… »

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