Thursday, March 23, 2017

アーロンのアート・ティップス よこそう!! Welcome to the Art of Aaron Blaise, Japan!

アーロンのアート・ティップス  よこそう!!   
Aaron Blaise's  Art Tips Welcome Video in Japanese 
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Veteran Disney animator and illustrator has a wealth of tips, tutorials and demonstrations on illustration, art, design and animation on his YouTube channel! Best of all, it's free! Please join Aaron for his weekly art tips and live YouTube broadcasts!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


December 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th of 2016, Master Drawing Japan (MDJ) held its 5th production drawing seminar and its 3rd successful seminar with veteran drawing instructor to the animation industry, Glenn Vilppu.  

Like previous seminars, the event focused on figure drawing, but this year with an emphasis on composition. 

Glenn cited examples such as de Cortona, Rubens and other great masters  as well as playing against opposites and using compositional tools to direct the audiences eye.  

Glenn Vilppu is a world renown drawing instructor who has been working in the animation industry for decades, notably the Walt Disney Animation Studio and Dreamworks.  His teachings are often referred to in the Walt Stanchfield books edited by Don Hahn, "Drawn to Life Volumes One and Two."  

Glenn teaches internationally and gives lectures at UCLA and the Animation Guild.  Glenn will be returning again Japan again later this year as a featured instructor with MDJ.  

Friday, May 13, 2016

Disney Veteran Ron Husband is Coming to Tokyo!

"The animator must be a keen observer of action and must understand and remember it, for he never knows when we will find in it the inspiration for the entertainment he puts on screen." 
- Eric Larson

"The first and most important things for an animator to know is how to draw." 
-Walt Disney

This June, Disney veteran animator Ron Husband, (otherwise known as "Huz" to those close to him) will be coming to Tokyo,  touring and giving a series of seminars on quick sketching, and traditional hand drawn animation.  

Ron Husband was part of the first generation of animation artists to be passed down the torch of animation by Disney's greatest animation directors, sometimes known as Disney's Nine Old Men. 
Ron learned from some of Disney's best, such as Eric Larson and assisted legendary animator, Frank Thomas.   

Ron started with Disney in its training program in 1975 as many of the artists who established modern American animation as we know it today were retiring.  For the artists who brought life to Walt Disney's greatest films, such as Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, the sun was setting.  However,  a new dawn of animation was on the horizon.  

Ron Husband's peers would include now legends in animation such as Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, Ron Clements, John Musker,  and John Lasseter just to name a few.   Their names would be associated the Disney Renaissance films such as "The Little Mermaid", "Aladdin" and "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid".  

In addition to being Supervising Animator on films such as "Fantasia 2000",  "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Atlantis the Lost Empire",  Ron is notorious for his passion for drawing.  Recently Ron has published his book "Quick Sketching" which has become a much coveted book by professional artists and animators and has been translated into several languages including Japanese.  

Asia is entering the animation market on an international level.  Which means having a better understanding of the Western approach towards animation, which tends to gravitate towards "three-dimensional" forms with "two-dimensional designs" and "acting" as opposed to iconic, purely two-dimensional, (almost notan-like) designs often seen in Japanese comics and animation.  

The first seminar will be held on June 18th at The Waterrace and the second seminar will be held on June 25th and 26th at the Sokei Academy of Fine Art and Design.  

This will be Mr. Husband's first tour in Japan. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Glenn Vilppu's Tokyo Drawing Masterclass at Suidobata Fine Arts Academy

A second home-run thanks to master draftsman, painter and illustrator  Glenn Vilppu and the Suidobata Fine Arts Academy.    A four-day intensive drawing seminar in Tokyo on figure drawing, and drawing the human head, Glenn Vilppu, gave an amazing class to students, professionals and teachers from both Japan and abroad.  Some students came as far as from Kyoto in order to attend. 

This was Glenn Vilppu's second collaboration with Master Drawing Japan but his first (of hopefully many ) at the Suidobata Fine Arts Academy in Tokyo.

"The people who developed animation, were taught by people who never studied animation."  - Glenn Vilppu

Glenn Vilppu, who has taught drawing in the  animation industry for over 20 years (notably the Disney Animation Studio) made this note about the tools and terminologies that are used in animation which were carried over from classical painters and illustrators.  Essentially the aim the the same:  to create a sense that something is believable and living before an audience.  

As noted in an earlier blog, there is a new generation of artists coming up in Japan with a very hungry interest in the western approach towards art and animation.   Master Drawing Japan will provide for this need with more seminars with noteworthy professionals in the film and animation industry in the very, very  near future.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Glenn Vilppu's Second Tokyo Masterclass November 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th 2015

"A figure is not done well unless action appears it in it that expresses a state of mind." 
-  Leonardo DiVinci 

"If you don't have the gesture and the action, you literally don't have anything." 
 - Glenn Vilppu

World renown Disney, Dreamworks and UCLA drawing instructor Glenn Vilppu  is returning to Tokyo again for his second drawing masterclass with Master Drawing Japan.  It will be a four day drawing seminar on November 7th, 8th and 14th and 15th.

One of the most coveted drawing instructors in the animation and production art industry, Vilppu has taught the art of figure drawing for over 40 years in workshops around the world teaching principles and techniques professionals in the animation industry such as Disney, Dreamworks and Warner Bros.  

Vilppu will help participants master techniques of drawing the human figure in the first session and teach a special class on the human head in the second session..   He will give direct receive instruction and feedback to each participant.

Vilppu's mantra has been to teach "No rules, just tools" to enable artists to use them in any direction he or she wishes.  

The event will be held at Suidobata Fine Arts Academy in Ikebukuro.  

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Greg Broadmore's Monster of a Masterclass in Japan

It was really an honor organize our first masterclass with Greg Broadmore from Weta Workshop yesterday at Akiba Hall.  180 artists, students and professional came in attendance.  

Greg for four hours discussed about his work journey in concept art which led him to Weta Workshop, the amazing projects he has worked on - some of which has never been seen by the public before----- and what he has planned for the future with Magic Leap.  An additional bonus, Greg  created an on-the-spot digital painting of an outer world monster for the audience. 

Japan is on the cusp of changing it's approach towards concept art.  Due to the changing landscapes of our world culture, Japan is moving towards a more "western" approach towards art education for production art and animation.

Big changes are coming.

It was an amazing and informative show and most of all it was fun.

Big thanks Greg!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Weta Workshop's Greg Broadmore Is Coming To Tokyo

How do these movie titles make you feel?  King Kong (2005), Godzilla (2014), The Chronicles of Narnia, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Adventures of Tintin and the Academy Award nominated for Best Picture film, District 9.  

If you are at all familiar with the outstanding visual effects of these films, you might know that they were all designed under Peter Jackson's award winning special effects company:  Weta Workshop.  

You should also know that all these films were all designed in part or directly under the creative direction of Greg Broadmore.  

Sunday, October 17th, 2015, for ONE (1) day only next month, Greg Broadmore will be coming to Tokyo, Japan to conduct a concept design masterclass at Akiba Hall. 

At the event Greg Broadmore will discuss working as a concept designer on major blockbuster films,  his experience with Weta Workshop and do a live demonstration of for all the attendees. 

The event is being produced by Japan's Born Digital, Inc.INEI Studio and Master Drawing Japan. 

To make reservations and more details please go to Born Digital's website!