Teaching animation principles: vehicle animation

I’m getting my traditional animation class into animation principles with exercises in physics, gravity and timing. I want to post some of their work on the “falling leaf, twig, and log” because I think they have made great progress in a short time! But for this week, I’m looking up curriculum reference for “simple vehicle start and stop” animation. Here’s an... read more

What’s more risky for accidents… walking, biking, or driving?

Yet another post for health and creativity. This came up while talking at my book and animation cave today: Road accidents kill a LOT of people. Driving is dangerous. Flying is comparatively very safe. I don’t think people often think about the safety of just walking some place, but it matters… imagine being hit by a car while walking, and you don’t have any airbags. If you drive,... read more

A Night Owl’s manifesto

(Another piece of my thoughts about health habits and creativity.) Do you work late at night? Many creative people do their best work while everyone else sleeps. Swizec Teller, author of Why Programmers Work at Night, explains why some people focus better on “the maker’s schedule”: Working on large abstract systems involves fitting the whole thing into your mind – somebody once likened... read more

6 things I learned by Juice Fasting

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is a documentary that changes people’s lives. I recommend it for a cool story, even if you don’t need to change yours. (It also has good cartoony Flash animation by NYC studio Flickerlab.) Health is a big issue for self employed and creative people. They may lack steady income or benefits, and spend long times staring at a screen or hunched over a desk. ... read more

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