Sunday, December 23, 2012

Andreas Deja's New Project

I just want to plug my friend Andreas Deja's new project. What exciting news today about his short film.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New Random Characters

Sorry for the lack of posts folks.  The work on Me and My Shadows is consuming almost all my time but I was able to do a few new drawings from an upcoming publishing project that I will tell you more in the future.
For now, here are some random characters that will be part of the book.  I hope you like them.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Inspiration - The Secret of Nimh

When I was a kid in the early 80's I knew I wanted to work with drawings, either comics or animation but when I first saw The Secret of Nimh I was hooked in becoming an animator. I just could not believe someone drew those amazing designs and animated those great characters like the owl, the crow and the villain. At the time, before internet of course, there's no much information I could find about this new studio or their artists specially living in Brazil.

 Slowly I discovered who did this amazing film and learned about their creators, Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy, who left the Disney Studios to start a new one and with a crew of very talented artists and animators created their first and best project.

I will write more about them and this film in the future but now I want to show some of the most beautiful storyboards I have ever seen.  All done by Don Bluth himself.

If you have never seen the film, please do so, you will discover some beautiful and powerful art.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Duck Dancing

When I was working on Home on the Range I had an assignment to animate the duck dancing in a weird ridiculous way. I was working in the Florida studio at the time, miles away from the directors who were in California, so I had not talked with them yet about how they wanted the duck to dance. I right away thought about the funny Elaine dancing in one of the episodes of Seinfeld and to my surprise, I got a called from the directors telling me to make the duck dancing like Elaine. They had the episode recorded and it was sent to me in Florida so I could refer to it. The scene is short and I wished it was a little longer to register better. I animated the best way I could and I guess it turned out OK. In the end they decided to flip the drawings over so the duck would face screen right.

Duck Dancing from Sandro Cleuzo on Vimeo.

Seinfeld - The Elaine Dance from Sandro Cleuzo on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A Brazilian Short

paulicéia CANTA, TY-ETÊ! from Céu D´Ellia on Vimeo.

This is a Brazilian short I did most of the animation of. It's called "Canta, Ty-ete" which means "Sing, Ty-ete". Tyete is the name of a famous (and very polluted)river in the city of Sao Paulo. It was directed by the very talented Ceu D'Elia and designed and storyboarded by the the outstanding artist and animator Ale Abreu. It was the first Brazilian project that I took part in more than 20 years since I left the country. I had no hesitation when director Ceu asked me if I would like to animate on it because I wanted to work in a Brazilian project for a long time. The crew also included the amazing Angelo Bonito, who painted the BGs and Gil Casserta who put it all together. The team also included a bunch of other very talented people who contributed so much to the project, take a look at the credits. I hope to do more in the future.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Behind the Scenes of a short

Great behind the scenes of one of the shorts from Gobelin's students. I was happy to see that the artists who made this short were all women and that's great. More power to you girls!

The making of In-Between from Juliette Laurent on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Those French Animators!

The French artists are amazing and I take my hat off to them for continuing making these great animated shorts and pushing hand drawn animation. The best hand drawn animation are coming from there and Spain, also with the Headless Animation. I am very inspired by them. Be inspired too.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Big Story

This is one of my favorites animated shorts. I love the whole thing, concept, designs, animation, lighting, etc. I am honored to have met one of the creators and director of this short, Tim Watts, who's one of the animators on the show I am working at the moment here at Dreamworks. It was animated twice, one in hand drawn and the final in stop motion which you can see below. I am sure you will enjoy this as much as I did. It is brilliant.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Next Job

I can not wait to start on it and to work with an incredible crew there.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bate Papo / Talk

Sera mais um bate papo sobre minha carreira e animacao em geral.  Espero responder a todas as duvidas da galera. 

It's more like a talk than an actual formal lecture.  I am hoping to answer questions about animation, the industry, 2D, etc.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Latest Works

I have been very busy during the past few months and done several jobs.  One of these jobs was for Ken Duncan's Studio on the drawings for the facade of the new Despicable Me ride at Universal Orlando park.  Below are some photos of the outside and some of the individual drawings.  I drew each minion and prop separately and put them together with Photoshop.   The painting was done by my friend, the animator Jared Beckstrand. 
It was really a fun assignment to do.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ken Duncan Studio's Project

My friends at Duncan Studio are trying to complete this great and cool project "My Beastly ABC's and have setup a Kickstarter page where you can pledge any amount to help them achieving their goal. On top of helping out to produce a great piece of animation with beautiful designs, you also have a chance to get amazing and unique gifts and perks. Please, go there and see if you can pledge something. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Fun Animation From The Past

Animation used to be so much fun in the past. Take a look at this and tell me if it is not a great piece of animation. I don't know who produced it but I need to find out. If somebody knows, please write to me. UPDATE: Foud out some info about the animator: Mac Perro, by Carlos Costantini Carlos Costantini was born in Buenos Aires. A varied artist, he worked as comics artist, animator, illustrator and musician. As a comics artist, he drew for the magazines Matralla, Tia Vicenta, 4 Patas, Satiricón and the juvenile magazine Billiken, as well as its supplement El Clan de Mac Perro. As an animator, he created among others 'Doña Tele', 'Barbeta y Grunchi', and 'Mac Perro'. The latter became the title character of the Billiken supplement El Clan de Mac Perro in the 1970s. Costantini drew comics with 'Mac Perro', while the Branca-Fernández tandem took on comics with Costanini's other animation creations, 'Doña Tele' and 'Barbeta y Grunchi'.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Glen Keane

I have just learned today that Glen Keane has left Disney after 37 years with the studio.  He says he wants to explore new territories in the animation world and that's a great thing and I can't wait to see what he does next.  He has inspired animation artists worldwide for years and will continue to do so.
I am taking this opportunity to show a few images that display his amazing drawing skills and an article about him from a Comics Scene magazine from the 90's where you can learn a bit more about him.

Below is a project of his that I found interesting.  In the early 90's Glen published some books that teaches parables from the Bible for children called Adam Raccoon. It's done in a very loose style like if he was doing a storyboard.