Hey, potential cartoonists!
How would YOU like to learn drawing skills that will put you ahead of the curve in the animation/illustration industry and help you to draw circles around friends and colleagues in just a few lessons? If you've ever wondered what makes your favorite characters come to life or how to bring your own characters to the silver screen, then I'm the tutor for you! But first, allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Jim. I am a Boston-based animator and illustrator. I graduated from the Art institute of Boston at Lesley University with a BFA in animation, and I am in the process of obtaining an MFA to teach at the college level.
I have worked in numerous animation studios in the Boston area as a storyboard artist, animator, character designer and background designer. I am very passionate about my work, and believe strongly in combining traditional animation principles with current technology to produce work at a fast pace without sacrificing quality.
If my you'd like to see some of my work, feel free to ask.
I assume If you are still reading this, you like my work and are interested in some lessons. Great! let me tell you about them. So far I have three different lesson plans for those of you who wish to become master animators.
The first is "The Art of Cartooning". In this class you will learn the proper way of constructing a cartoon character. We'll start off with some basic principles of cartoon anatomy while dissecting some of your favorite cartoon characters to see how they are built and constructed. As part of the lesson plan the student will also learn basic character design skills as well.
The second class is "Traditional Animation" (I suggest students take The art of Cartooning classes first in preparation for this class). In this class we will start by learning basic animation techniques, then quickly move onto more challenging ones. The techniques in this class date as far back as the 1940s (cartoons like Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse!). Students will learn through studying frame by frame clips of these master pieces as I break down and explain what the animator is doing in the scene and why. (This class requires the student to have access to a computer with Adobe Flash and a Wacom tablet).
And the final class is "Web Comics" In this class I will show students how to produce their own comics to publish on the web. We will start by going over each stage in creating a comic, from layout to inking, then we'll move on to creating a web page to show off the work you've done. (I ask that the student already has a web comic they'd like to do in mind but its not a requirement).
My lessons are designed for those who have a knack for drawing already but I can and have worked with those just starting out as well. If you have any questions at all please send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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