Monday, July 20, 2009

Hal RASMUSSEN/ "AGGIE MACK" part three

One more page of Hal Rasmusson's pin up characters. I don't know who wrote the text, but I am assuming "Walter Foster" did, since he took credit for it. There's tons of great insider info like : "You can use a 170 pen, if you like..." and "By trying you will be surprised what you can do" and other indispensable advice you can take to the grave. Thanks. Really appreciate it Walter. No wonder most kids who bought these books just looked at the pictures...


Wormen said...

Hey Will:)

I am a big fan of yours, we have "talked" in here before, and was just wondering, you know, my favourite disney feature of all time, is Beauty and the Beast.. And I know it's much to ask, but do you have any Clocksworth drawings left, from back then, under the production? Production drawings, rough animation drawings?

Will Finn said...

hi Wormen

I have quite a bit of drawings left from B & B but I never seem to be able to lay my hands on them when I need to. Next time some turn up i will scan them.

Omar said...

Hey Mr. Finn,
I can't find your email anywhere so i guess i'll just ask on your comment page :P

Im 16 and i hope to be an animator one day and i had a few questions.
Ive been animating for about half a year now, 2d and 3d and prefer 2d. I think im pretty well informed on animation principles and stuff also, as ive read and tried to apply what ive learned in books like survival kit, illusion of life, drawn to life etc.

My ultimate goal is to make it to disney, but i'd also love working for pixar or dreamworks.

I was wondering what school you would recommend, at the moment i plan on sheridan because im in canada and couldnt afford spending 180k on calarts. Do you know if sheridan is still good? My cousin joe haidar went their and i also know nik ranieri went their and both of them went to disney.

And what do you recommend i do now while im in highschool?
any advice would be really appreciated.

Also if you have the time maybe you could stop by my blog and check my animations:

it has all my work (all 2pages :P) so far in animation.
thank you very much for your time.

Wormen said...

That sounds awesome, thank you Will... Would you be interested, in looking at some of my drawings sometime? There's really nothing special on my blog, but I could sent you some...

Will Finn said...

Hi Wormen and Omar

Nice to hear some young guys still interested in DRAWING funny CARTOONS in this day and age! Keep on doing what you are doing!

I am not currently involved in any of the studio review or portfolio boards, but I do know Sheridan students are regularly considered and hired. CalArts is a great school, but not everybody is able to go there, (I didn't and neither did Andreas Deja, Duncan Marjoribanks, Ken Duncan, Eric Goldberg and many others).

If you have access to CGI courses take them. I don't think its dominance is going to fade any time soon. Good to deal with drawing and the proper 2d skills too, but being flexible is going to help keep you employed.

Omar your test of Zeus is good, but don't worry too much about static head turns right now. The main thing to think about is action, personality and gesture--how to capture them in individual drawings and in animated scenes.

Wormen your drawings are very funny. The only thing i would suggest at this point is to study various styles you like, from the simplest to the most complex and see what you can gain from that.

Omar said...

sweet, thanks a lot for the tips,
i'll be sure to practice what your saying,
sorry, i just have one more question:P if you dont mind,

when you animate a scene, do you plot it all out on an x-sheet first and work from their?
how can you know the timing before you even jump onto the disc?
i dont even use an x sheet because i find its to difficult to choose my timing before i start drawing, i usually draw my keys and breakdowns and then kinda just feel it out.
is that bad? shoould i be practicing with x sheets?
im pretty sure all the questions are out of me now,
thanks again,

Will Finn said...

Omar, there is no right or wrong way--but i still like x-sheets. They are almost obsolete though, so find a way that works for you.

The important thing is to get a sense of how fast images move at the rate of 24 fr per second. A good way to get a feel for this is shooting a series of un-inbetweened poses at 8x per drawing and seeing how quickly they go by. 3 drawings = 1 second. Don't worry too much about timing at that point, but when you can internalize the pace of that, it's a good beginning.

B! said...

great post, thanks for going through the trouble of scanning and posting these