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  • ACME Network Scholarship: New Animators Shine
    By: Animation Mentor

    Apr
    2014
    21

    acme network new animation scholarship students


    In November 2013, we announced our exciting partnership with the ACME Network to bring scholarships to aspiring animators. Alumni from Animation Mentor, who are also professional animators, provide feedback to the ACME students. Each week, they visit the ACME Network’s online campus to share feedback, provide constructive criticism, and grow this amazing community of animator's. Today, we are proud to see how much value ACME students are getting from our Maya Workshop: Animation Basics class. Huge thanks to The ACME Network, the ACME Community, and the Animation Mentor alumni for creating a space for artists to learn animation and what it takes to succeed in the industry.


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  • Surfacing 101: The Tips You Need To Know
    By: Aaron Wilson

    Apr
    2014
    17

    Hatch (featured in the video above) joined the lineup of Animation Mentor assets just last week. He is ready to kick ass and bring his awesome textures and surface into Maya Workshop: CG Lighting and Compositing with Autodesk’s Mental Ray. He will also be available to students in VFX Fundamentals program to render using Solid Angle’s Arnold.

    Hatch was created by an incredible team of VFX professionals including Texture Artist, Aaron Wilson. Today, we are thrilled to have Aaron stop by the blog to share the surfacing guidelines he used when creating Hatch. He also produced a short tutorial on how to create a dirt mask in Modo. Big thank you to Aaron for his fantastic work on Hatch and sharing his knowledge with the community.

    -The Animation Mentor Crew


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  • The power to choose your track
    By: Animation Mentor

    Apr
    2014
    15
    learn animation online tutorials and tips

    You have many choices when it comes to your education. These choices are a good thing because you can customize your education on your journey to becoming a kick-ass animator.

    In 2005, three friends had the vision to create an alternative to brick and mortar, four-year university animation programs. They broke the traditional model and created the very first online animation school. In order to address the need for industry-trained artists, they paired students with industry professionals who would provide feedback just like they do in the studio.

    It was a revolutionary shift. It changed how animation was taught and who it was accessible to. It made animation education available to a much larger group of artists. Their vision opened the door for animation and visual effects to be taught online. Since the founding of Animation Mentor, a number of knock-off online animation schools have been created.


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  • The 3D Design & Model Tips You Need To Know
    By: Landis Fields

    Apr
    2014
    09

    Meet Hatch. Hatch is a badass. Yeah, we said it. Hatch was custom-made for Animation Mentor students by Industrial Light & Magic Digital Artist, Landis Fields, who developed him with VFX professionals Aaron Wilson and Jay Machado.

    Hatch is the newest member to the Animation Mentor lineup of awesome visual effects assets. Hatch is posable and ready for lighting students to render in our new Maya Workshop: CG Lighting and Compositing with Autodesk’s Mental Ray. But soon, Hatch will be ready for students in our VFX Fundamentals program to light and render him in Solid Angle’s Arnold. Wait, wait, there’s more! Down the line, a fully-rigged Hatch will be available for Creature Animation: Fight and Flight and other advanced animation classes.

    We brought Landis Fields to the blog to share his thought process behind Hatch and tips he has for designing an awesome asset. Huge thanks and props to Landis, Aaron and Jay for their incredible work bringing Hatch to life.

    -The Animation Mentor Crew


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