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ZBrush 4R4

Written by Robert Appleton, Chair of New York Film Academy’s Animation School.

As a classically trained artist whose development as a painter and graphic artist began long before the advent of the personal computer I am often debating where we stand in the realm the 3D computer art in relation to the development of painting (at least from 1400 through to 1900), and specifically in this article that of 3D organic modeling.

You can make just about anything come alive with 3-D, but that’s not to say everything warrants the 3-D treatment. Can the pace of a chess game make as good a use of the technology than, say, a bouncing ball or chase scene? The answer is limited only by the imagination.

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The Animation Blog’s 5th Anniversary

Five years ago today, on the afternoon of March 1, 2007, The Animation Blog was born spontaneously when I was searching for a website dedicated to animated short films. Not satisfied with my findings, I decided to make my own. Fast forward to the present day and almost 2,000 blog entries later, The Animation Blog now has a dedicated readership which includes ~600 RSS subscribers and thousands of monthly visitors. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one you. Without you, the reader, this blog would have shut down long ago. So I thank you, very much.

-Hector Cortez


10 fun facts about Pixar’s short films

This month, Chronicle Books releases The Art of Pixar Short Films which goes behind the scenes of the small films that helped Pixar become an animation fan favorite. Many look forward to seeing these shorts when they accompany Pixar’s feature-length films in the theaters.

Author Amid Amidi, also author of Cartoon Modern and co-founder of Cartoon Brew, has written up a blog post over at Chronicle Books Blog with behind the scenes trivia that he discovered while writing the book. When you’re done with the list, enter their contest to win a copy of the book and a copy of the Disney DVD, Pixar Short Films Collection, Vol. 1.


Please excuse the missing videos


Due to a mistaken copyright infringement claim from Marvel to Youtube, my account was suspended, and therefore any embedded video from my Youtube account will not show up on

This is a misunderstanding on Marvel’s part and I’m trying to get the account back up as soon as possible. All the Marvel videos we have posted (Hulk Vs. in specific) have been sent to us by a public relations firm representing Marvel — so as you all can see, this was a misunderstanding on Marvel’s part and they should have never filed at Copyright Infringement claim with Youtube.

So I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and hopefully it will get fixed soon.

500 post milestone reached!

That’s right folks, has reached its 500th post and I couldn’t be happier. I want to thank each and every one of you that visits. With every day that passes, T.A.B. gets more and more popular. I thank those who have spread the word to their friends and via the web by linking to articles on the site. I greatly appreciate it.

15 months and 500 posts. Not bad for a one man team. When I started the blog I had no idea that it would still be going strong today. As long as you all keep visiting, I’ll keep reporting the latest animation news and featuring the best animation videos from around the web.

Again, thank you very, very much!

Don’t forget to subscribe to the RSS feed!

The Animation Blog Founder

The Art of Cars exhibit

Route 66 ends this year at Fairfax and Wilshire with the launch of a special exhibition “The Art of Cars,” the first-ever creative collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and the Petersen Automotive Museum. “The Art of Cars” showcases the artistic process behind the creation of the animated feature film Cars. The exhibit will run from March 29 through November 2, 2008.

“The Art of Cars” exhibit includes more than 60 watercolor and pastel drawings, pencil and marker sketches, and a variety of three-dimensional pieces.

Since I live within driving distance, I may just go check this out. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures to share with all of you.


Over 400 posts and one year later…

Who would have thought that a small idea I had while browsing the net would grow into what it is today. I started The Animation Blog a little over a year ago while sitting at my desk, watching classic cartoons on Youtube. Having founded many sites before, I said to myself… “I should start an animation blog” and 15 minutes later was registered and the rest, as they say, is history.

Now one year later and over 400 posts (not bad for one person on staff…) I sit here, in the same location where it all began. I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for making The Animation Blog what it is today. Popularity increases on a monthly basis and for that, I sincerely thank you.

Please continue to visit and I’ll continue to write. Subscribe to the RSS feed and spread the word to your friends!

Once again, thank you!

The Animation Blog Founder

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