Miss Violet Hand Drawn Animation

This is a little bit of animation that I did a little while back. Miss Violet is based on my old dog. She was such a sweetheart and so much fun. This story was developed by myself along with the incredible Vedanta Sproston and my business partner, Nick Burch. I had so much fun putting this together. I hope you enjoy it.

The plan is to fo more of these in the near future.
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Wolfwalkers Early Design Work

Hopefully by now you have had a chance to check out the amazing, award winning film Wolfwalkers directed by Tom Moore and Ross Stewart.
If not I encourage you to stop reading this and go watch it! (I’ve embedded the trailer below)It’s available on AppleTV+ which you can get on pretty much any streaming device with a free trial.

It was developed by the amazing team at Cartoon Saloon over in Kilkenny, Ireland whom I was fortunate enough to get to visit in 2019 on one of my last international trips before the pandemic. While I was there I was working with the team doing some animation demos & lectures and I was treated to a behind the scenes look at the progress of the film. It wasn’t finished yet but it was clear already that it was going to be something very special.

Myself & Nick Burch with Tomm Moore and some of the Cartoon Saloon Crew in Kilkenny, Ireland. 

My history with Wolfwalkers goes back a little further than that though. ¬†In 2017 the team at Cartoon Saloon reached out to me to get some tips on wolf animation and design. At the time I provided a few small demos for them and some wolf illustration ideas. ¬†From there it evolved into them wanting to see some takes on how I would approach designing the two main characters of Mebh & Robyn in their wolf forms. ¬†I was sent an early draft of the script and had a go at some designs.These were just meant for exploration. The model sheets were my attempt to find a middle ground between the flat graphic design of the film and a more 3 dimensional look. I was trying to strike a balance between a more “realistic” wolf and the beautiful 2D style that Cartoon Saloon is known for. ¬†I’m glad they stuck with the more graphic look. ¬†Ultimately, I think the final look of the characters in the film are much stronger than these early concepts but I wanted to share them with you. In the end, I was only on the project for a few days but it was great fun and I was happy to help.

 

Flash forward to December 2020 and my jaw hit the floor after watching the film. Both because of how beautiful of a movie it was but also I was shocked to see my name listed in the credits. There I am under the Visual Development/Concept Design section. This is a huge honor and a was a truly unexpected surprise. Most people don’t realize that simply doing work on a film does not guarantee you will get a credit. Film credits are not handed out like candy. Typically it is a negotiated part of a contract and requires some substantial contribution. In my case I did not request a credit and certainly didn’t expect one.

So a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to the directors  and to everyone at Cartoon Saloon for producing such a beautiful film and for allowing me to have be connected with it in anyway. Now go watch the movie already!

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Holiday Gift Guide for Artists 2020

Happy Holidays!

As we head into the end of 2020 I wanted to share with you some the Books, Art Supplies and Tools that I recommend.

In addition, I wanted to share some Unique Gift Ideas from some of my fellow artists!

Recommended Books For Artists:

Animation Books, Anatomy Reference & More!

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Great Gifts for Artists:

Awesome T-Shirts by David Colman

Totems Inspired by Brother Bear:

Handmade Creations by Hailey

Digital & Traditional Art Supplies:

Artists tools Used & Recommended by Aaron Blaise!

Lightbox 2020 Event Replays!

Well, Lightbox 2020 was a huge success but has now come to a close.
Below you can find replays of each of the four workshops I did over the weekend! You can also view SIX New prints that are now available and never before published online!

My Lightbox Event Schedule: (Replay Videos)


PAST EVENTS:

  • MY APPROACH TO ANIMAL CHARACTER DESIGN

    Friday 1:00 pm – Friday 3:00 pm EST (GMT -4)

    Presenter(s): Aaron Blaise

    Watch as Aaron shares his approach to design believable and lovable animal characters!

    WATCH THE REPLAY HERE

  • ANIMATING 4 LEG LOCOMOTION

    Saturday 1:00 pm – Saturday 2:30 pm EST (GMT -4)

    Presenter(s): Aaron Blaise

    Animator and Director, Aaron Blaise walks you through his approach to how to animate 4 legged animals. He explains his thought process and animates for you in Real Time!

    WATCH THE REPLAY HERE

  • THE ANIMALS OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

    Sunday 3:00 pm – Sunday 4:00 pm EST (GMT -4)

    Presenter(s): Aaron Blaise, Manny Carrasco

    Join Aaron and Manny as they recap a recent Camp and Draw trip to Yellowstone. Learn about some of the parks’ wildlife, get some sketching tips and a listen to a few hilarious stories about a group of artists seeking adventure in Montana.

    WATCH THE REPLAY HERE

  • USING PHOTOGRAPHIC TEXTURES IN DIGITAL CHARACTER RENDERING

    Sunday 4:30 pm – Sunday 6:30 pm EST (GMT -4)

    Presenter(s): Aaron Blaise

    Aaron Blaise (Brother Bear, Aladdin, The Lion King) is a world renowned digital artist. Watch as he shows you his tips & tricks for digital drawing that looks like a frame of a finished film!

    WATCH THE REPLAY HERE

 

 

Live Stream – Happy 2020 Moose!

I am very excited that we are moving into a new year and a new decade! To celebrate I create a New Year’s Moose in yesterday’s live stream. Watch it below if you missed it. Also, this weekend I am running a sale on the site. ALL LESSONS & TUTORIALS ARE 25% OFF!

Final Image is Below:

 

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Live Stream – Creatures of The Forest Course (UPDATE OUT NOW!)

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I had a great time drawing and painting live recently. This stream was warm up for my upcoming course, “Hidden Creatures of the Forest”

Final Digital Painting Demo Image:

A large version of the final image is below.
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Snow Bear Teaser!

As some of you may know I have been working on a short film called “Snow Bear” for quite a while now. Most of the time has been spent in story development & boarding it out. We are just now lining up the time to get it animated and I am hoping to have it out in 2020. I am pleased to share this little test I did with you.

 

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How to Draw Wolves, Coyotes & Foxes – Sneak Peek (Pre-Order Now)

Here is a special Sneak Peek of my upcoming "How to Draw Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes" course. I wanted to share it with you here. The full course will be available June 18th, 2018

Course Sneak Peek

Enjoy:
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How to Draw Bears – Sneak Peek

Here is a special Sneak Peek of my upcoming "How to Draw Bears" course. I wanted to share it with you here. The full course should be available in a couple of weeks.

How to Draw Bears Sneak Peek

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Snowy Egret – Drawing from Reference Full Process Lecture

This FULL PROCESS VIDEO is available exclusively to ANNUAL PREMIUM MEMBERS of my site. For non-members here is a brief time lapse of the making of the image. If you are a member and signed into your account you will see the FULL PROCESS video showing the making of this image in real time. The full video is 1.5 hours long.

"SNOWY EGRET - PROCESS VIDEO"

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How to Draw Horses – Sneak Peek

Here is a special Sneak Peek of my upcoming "How to Draw Horses" course. I wanted to share it with you here. The full course should be available in a couple of weeks.

How to Draw Horses Sneak Peek

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How to Draw Cute! Character Design

Recently I released a video on “How to Draw Cute” on my YouTube Channel. It is the second Sneak Peek of my upcoming “Character Design Course”.¬†I wanted to share it here with you as well.

The full course should be available in a couple of weeks. We are shooting for a release date of around July 1st

Character Design Sneak Peek #2 How to Draw Cute

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Beauty & The Beast Shot Break Down

I wanted to share something special with you all. I’ve recently been getting back to my old animation desk and doing some 2D Animation on Paper.¬†I thought it might be fun to break down a shot that I did for “Beauty & The Beast” and show you some of the original drawings and my thought process.

It’s hard to believe these drawings are 25 years old. So, here it is I hope you Enjoy:

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Digital Painting Demo / Tutorial

Well, I’ve been very busy lately working on new premium courses including my newly released “Figure Drawing Course” and my upcoming Character Design Course… But, I wanted to take a little time out and work on a new image. Plus, I wanted to create a new free digital painting demo.

Often when I post my SPEED PAINT VIDEOS and time lapses I get requests for something in real time. So, here it is:

I got this idea for a fun elephant image which I call “Sri Lanka Afternoon” –¬†I wanted to share it with you. It was a quick image but I had a lot of fun with it. Hopefully you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Final Digital Painting Demo Image:

A high-res version of the final image is below.
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Hippo Dance!!

Well due to my busy workshop and speaking schedule lately this has been a while coming but, I am glad to report that my “Hippo Funk” Animation is now complete. This was great fun to put together and work on over the past few weeks.

I’m going to be¬†breaking this animation down for an upcoming “How to Animate to Music”¬†video lesson. Also,¬†this hippo guy will be return¬†in my Character Design Course that I’ll be releasing soon.

I also have plans to release this animation for other uses so that artists and musicians¬†can set it to their own music… But more on that soon. In the meantime, ENJOY!

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“Back to School” Student Discount 2015

I often travel the world giving demos & lectures and get the opportunity to work with aspiring artists, illustrators and animators from all walks of life. I am continually impressed by the talent out there as well as the questions that I get. A HUGE¬†part of our mission with this site is to continue to offer affordable art education. As a special “Thank You” to returning students I am offering a 50% Off Promo Code for signing up for my newsletter.

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Cecil The Lion Portrait & Time Lapse Video

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Like many people around the world, I was extremely moved by the recent tragedy surrounding the hunting and killing of the beloved lion know as Cecil. (Read More) – As you may be able to tell I am a HUGE animal lover and¬†it drives me crazy when I see these beautiful creatures destroyed for no good reason. In fact, I’ve decided to get personally involved and hopefully our efforts can help educate people and prevent these horrible things from happening in the future.

As some of you may also know I was one of the animators on “The Lion King” – When I heard the news about Cecil I got inspired to create a tribute image. It’s not much but hopefully it will make people think.

aaron-blaise-cecil-the-lion-king

I also created a time lapse video of the creation of this image which you can see below:

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Updated: How to Draw Lions Tutorial

UPDATE: The complete “How to Draw Big Cats” Course is NOW AVAILABLECLICK HERE

This is a quick SNEAK PEEK at my upcoming video series “How to Draw Animals: The Big Cats”¬†– In this 53 minute video I’ll show you some key tips for how to draw lions.

The complete course will be available very soon! It covers Lions, Tigers, Leopards, Cheetahs + Much More. The full course contains over 8 Hours of video lessons and includes tons of bonus materials and PDF Files.  In the meantime though I wanted to share this early look at it with you. ENJOY!

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Disney Animators Share Artistic Advice

Recently I was invited up to Nashville, TN to attend the second annual “Taught By A Pro Weekend” which was presented by TaughtByAPro.com – While there I got an opportunity to give a lecture, do some demos and speak with my good friends and amazing animators Tom Bancroft (Mushu from “Mulan”) and Eric Goldberg (Creator of the Genie from “Aladdin” and co-director of “Pocahontas”).

I had a brief chance to sit down with them and record some of their insights and wanted to share them with you. Enjoy! Continue reading Disney Animators Share Artistic Advice