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My Interview w/ designer Michael Doret

Michael Doret is probably one of the top 5 reasons I got into the art business. I have admired his work since I was a kid, and earlier in 2011 I was blessed with getting to interview him. This post/interview, for personal reasons I wont go into, was delayed multiple times, and I am now FINALLY sharing it with everyone. Please enjoy

When I was in 2nd grade, and you were still allowed to have REAL parties in the classroom, the most popular albums you could bring in were those by the rock band KISS. This was the age where album cover art was king, and one of my favorite covers of all time (and I still own the actual album) was KISS Rock and Roll Over. As a kid, I even did my best at drawing Gene Simmons’ face from the cover using purple construction paper and crayons. The signature on the cover art, simply said – Doret.

Decades later, I had graduated art school and was teaching college, and I came across a piece of sample art work from Adobe Illustrator. It was a piece of album cover art for the Squirrel Nut Zippers. What stood out to me, besides its brilliant simplicity, was the signature of the artist… Doret.

I later went online to look up the artist, only to find out he was the same Doret who had created my favorite KISS
album from decades before! Michael Doret!

Without further delay, please take a listen to me interview one of the most influential designers, and considering his portfolio, a WAY humble dude, Michael Doret.

[podcast]http://www.tonyteach.com/interviews/episode-01_Michael_Doret.mp3[/podcast]
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Toon Boom Animate: Pose to Pose : Blobs

This Toon Boom Animate tutorial is a simple pose-to-pose animation exercise of a blob splitting off a baby blob. Traditional animation terms are covered like keyframes, breakdowns, and tweens. This tutorial, like the stick tutorial plays with idea of a basic way counting when animating – instead of 1-2-3-4-5, for this pose to pose exercise you count 1-5-3-2-4… watch the video, you’ll catch on. Enjoy.

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Toon Boom Animate: Pose to Pose Animation

This Toon Boom Animate tutorial is a simple pose-to-pose animation exercise of a stick falling over. Traditional animation terms are covered like keyframes, breakdowns, and tweens. There are two examples, showing a diference between animation, and motion graphics. Enjoy.

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How to Learn Flash: Simple Interactive Pencil

How to Learn Flash

How to Learn Flash
How to Learn Flash
, now available on Amazon, is a series of Flash tutorials for beginners that walks you through the basic production pipeline of creating Flash projects without making you pull your hair out. We are realeasing these on Amazon Kindle. In this first exercise, Simple Interactive Pencil, you will create a basic project: a pencil that when clicked, draws a straight line.

This first project in the series, though very simple in appearance, shows the basic elements that are needed to build interactive projects in Flash: drawing, creating and naming layers, creating symbols, button states, importing images & sound, motion & shape tweens, animation, and Actionscript (Flash’s computer language).

I have had over 10 years of experience in teaching and using Flash, and I wanted to create a series of tutorials for all of those who were curious about learning flash, but weren’t quite sure what was involved. This series of lessons has been adapted from classes I have taught to beginners who were just learning flash.

We at tonyteach believe that learning flash, or anything for that matter, shouldn’t be difficult or expensive, and our goal is to pack as many tips, tricks, and techniques into a single, simple, cost-effective project.

With that in mind, the How to Learn Flash series is designed for a skill level of novice to beginner. This first project, Simple Interactive Pencil, should take between 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

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Stairs Walk Cycle pt1

Here is part 1 of how to animate a character walking up stairs in Toon Boom Animate. This tutorial covers basic rigging and motion tweens. 16 minutes/37.2MB… be patient while loading :)

Create Classic Cartoon Eyes in Animate

Here is a basic Toon Boom Animate tutorial to animate cartoon eyes w/ a blink. This tutorial covers palette creation, drawing substitution, and manipulating basic shapes vs drawing them freehand. Also covered is how to proactively avoid paint fill problems.
32 minutes/71.9MB… be patient while loading 🙂

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