Tumblehead Animation Studios

Hey guys, I just wanted to feature this studio, I love their work they’re a part of Arsenalet an initiative by the animation workshop to incubate animation related studios.

I gladly had the chance to meet 2 of the guys running Tumblehead about 7 years ago when they where at school. You could already see the talent they had when they released Elk Hair Caddis, their final project film at the animation workshop.

During Annecy was able too also to meet Mette Tange, they’r incredibly talented animator.

Even though seem pretty small they really do fantastic work, this is one of the pieces that caught my eye a couple of years ago:

Lucky to us, they made a bunch of  little making of short videos, that I found very inspiring and that helped me a lot on getting ideas on how to approach cartoony rigging and animation for lollypopman.

check them out!

General Making of:

Tour de Rigging:

Tour de Animaation:

Tour de Rendering:

Tour de Compositing


Also don’t forget to check their Instagram to follow what they’re developing


Tangled – “unnoficial commentary”

In my journey through the inter web, I was really really amazed by one of the very best findings I’ve ever made, a podcast episode about the Disney Animation’s masterpiece: Tangled.

This is a podcast that was hosted by Clay Kaytis a veteran animator that had a great Idea, to put it in his own words:

“Show 32 is a departure from the regular format. It’s an experiment. After Tangled was released, I heard so many people wondering why there wasn’t any audio commentary on the DVD or Blu-ray, so I got all the animators who were available to join me in watching Tangled to talk about the experience of making it. Here it is: the UNOFFICIAL Tangled Animator’s Commentary made by the biggest group of animators you will probably ever hear in one room.

Here’s the plan: queue up your copy of Tangled to frame 1 of the actual film (before the castle logo) and hit pause. When we count down 3-2-1-PLAY, you un-pause and hear us talk through the film. Like I said, it’s was an experiment and we may not always talk about what’s on screen, but it’s a great opportunity for you to hear many of the voices behind the film.”

So go grab your copy now, and get ready because here it is:

Hope it never gets taken down, if that happens, let me know, I’ll try to keep a copy around.

Blog: Blender Sushi

Did you like my Animation Nodes tutorial?, definitelly check out Jimmy Gunawan’s site, It’s filled with experiments on Animation Nodes and also in general on his transition from other sofware to blender.

One great thing I’ve found while reading his posts is that he is very thorough and he not only posts one way to do stuff but many of his discoveries have 2 or 3 approaches to solve the same problem which is great to learn the inner workings of any piece of sofware.

So go ahead and check it out!



Website: Blendtuts

Hey again guys!, check out the new and revamped BlendTuts website, Oliver Villar is going on full throttle with his website now, and it looks great.

I had the chance to work with him in Luke’s Escape for almost a year (we’re still in it together), and he’s a great artist when it comes to modeling, shading and lighting, and he’s also a great teacher.

He gave me a copy of his book about a year ago “Learning Blender: A Hands-On Guide to Creating 3D Animated Characters”, which I like a lot, because it takes you through the whole process of creating an animation piece, mostly focusing on modeling, texturing, shading and lighting, but also has some rigging and animation, even though I believe he should have chosen an other character for it, it’s still a great read.

He’s also making a podcast with focus on topics for beginners, so if you’re a newcomer, definitelly hear him out.