CRAFTING A WORLD THROUGH RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
April 15, 2021, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
Before embarking on the challenge of designing and bringing an animated world to life, research is key to the development of creating that world. James will share his journey and lessons learned in the process of researching that helped create the worlds in which he has worked while at the studios and on his own personal projects.
ANALYZING AND ADOPTING VARIOUS ART STYLES
April 29, 2021, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
Often, it will be the assignment of the designer or animator to work within a certain style that is inspired by an established illustrator or legendary animator. James will share his journey working with a multitude of varied styles and techniques.
Note: Registrants/Members will be invited to take on a drawing assignment to be submitted and shared at the following session.
CREATING A PERFORMANCE BASED ON CARICATURE AND USING REFERENCE
May 13, 2021, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
We will explore the usefulness of using both live action and photo reference for illustrating and animating. We will also review the drawing assignment given from the previous session with an emphasis on the importance of readability and clarity through the use of degrees of caricature to communicate our ideas and create a performance.
ANIMATION AND ACTION ANALYSIS
May 27, 2021, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
James will go over select pieces of animation and breakdown the "working mechanisms" involved and how various drawing and animation principles are being utilized and applied.
Note: Registrants/Members will be invited to submit artwork for the following session in which James will critique and go over with the possibilities on how to achieve the desired effect to its fullest potential. Please include with the artwork a description as to the general or specific feeling and/or style in which the artwork is intended to achieve.
STUDENT SCENE REVIEWS AND DRAW OVERS
June 10, 2021, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
James will critique submissions by Registrants/Members and offer to perform live demo drawovers.
STUDENT CHOICE OPEN FORUM
June 24, 2021, 11 am - 1 pm PDT
Submit your suggestions for this weeks topic.