Toon Boom Animate

Toon Boom Animate: Pencil Animation Tutorial

Free Tutorial - Tonyteach.comIn this pencil animation tutorial, we show an animated pencil drawing a curvy line. Topics covered are Masking, motion tweens, paint bucket fill techniques.


Toon Boom Animate: Bomb Explosion Animation Tutorial [PREMIUM]

In this Premium Tutorial, we create a simple bomb or firecracker explosion animation.
For the full tutorial, purchase now for $10

Topics include:
motion tweens
and a technique I use to create explosions.

This tutorial is based on the explosion section of one of my favorite animation books: Tezuka School of Animation Vol. 1 (as in Osamu Tezuka, Father of Manga).

Beaver Cola: Download Delays

Hello All,
First and foremost thank you again for supporting Tonyteach’s project, Beaver Cola.
Our initial estimated time of delivery on ALL digital files was today, April 9th. However, due to some unforeseen issues, some of them **technical, all digital files will be emailed out on Monday, April 16th 2012. Physical files will be mailed out April 16th as well.

We do apologize for the delay.

Thanks Tony

**technical issues: we inadvertently recorded a section of the tutorials, only to notice later half the sound was missing. The error has since been corrected, and re-recorded. Ironically, the section of the tutorials that had errors with sound… was the Sound portion of the DVD

The fix we did to make our tutorial recording work will not be on the DVD, as this problem was one with screencasting a tutorial, and not one dealing with animation.

“Beaver” Cola?? Are You Serious?!?!

Why Beaver Cola?,

Okay, we’ve had a couple of questions about the subject of our commercial, Beaver Cola, for the DVD, “Anatomy of a 30-second Short.”

Some people look at the name and assume we’re doing it as a double-entendre gag. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Since the software I am using Toon Boom Animate is marketed for professionals, IMHO I felt we could go a little more risque with subject and script, aka “You bet my sweet ass it’s good”. If we were using Toon Boom Studio, which sometimes has a much younger audience, I would have gone more age appropriate.

The original idea for our 30-second short was to develop a commercial about two guys in a bar arguing that Sean Connery could easily replace Samuel L. Jackson in any of Jackson’s movies. We would then cut to parody movie scenes inspired by “Pulp Fiction,” “Snakes on a Plane”, etc., with our satirical versions . . . “Connery Fiction,” “Connery on a Plane,” and so on.

So, why Beaver Cola?

When we came across an article in Men’s Health Magazine (Rodale Publishing), “The 15 Grossest Things You’re Eating,” #7 immediately caught our attention and changed the entire direction of our campaign trying to focus on better natural products and drinks like Patriot greens. It was castoreum, the juice from a male beaver’s anal gland. For the past 80 years it’s been used as an additive in cigarettes, perfumes and, yes, food […]

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Toon Boom Animate: Creating “Avatar…Airbender” styled eyes

OK, BEFORE I get any hate mail, this tutorial is NOT how to draw the eyes from the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender – More specifically, it is simply a tutorial on one way to COLOR eyes as they did in the series. 🙂

This simple technique really pushes a believable wet, glared, eye feel. I hope you enjoy this, please share, post, retweet, and leave comments.

Animation Army of One

Beaver Cola: Anatomy of a 30sec ShortBeaver Cola UPDATE: So one part of the creative process that few people talk about – What to do when ALL of your like-minded, creative, individuals cancel on you hours before helping you work on a project. Bottom line, don’t expect the worst, but you do need to plan for it. Remember, the one person that HAS TO show up to your events, is you – so be there, mind, body, and spirit.

That being said, one of my favorite musicians is Prince – but very few people know why. One of the first albums (yes albums) I saw of his was “1999“. In the credits was written “All songs written, arranged, produced, and performed by Prince.”

Creative people are often busy, creative volunteers are even busier – Ship happens, but always be prepared to pilot your boat with, or without a crew.

So in closing, this has added another chapter to our DVD, depending on my mood, and graphic designer, it will be called “Do it Your Damn Self”, or “Animation Army of One.”

OK, I’m off of my soapbox now, got work to do.

I will be posting storyboard pics later today.

Want to Get Our HD downloads for a Year?

Hey this is Tony Ross for, and first and foremost I want to thank everyone for helping support our project Anatomy of a 30second short, aka Beaver Cola. We’ve been getting a lot of good feedback, and we do appreciate it.

We only have a few days left on the campaign, and currently we are just shy of making $300 towards our initial goal of $1000.
That being said, we have decided to add a $5 perk. Now don’t panic, anyone who has pledged $5 or above will automatically get this perk.

So what’s the perk?

Well we’ve been working on a membership level at

At tonyteach, we show all of our FREE tutorials at a low resolution of 640×360, but we also give you the option of downloading the 1280×720 HD version for as low as $1.

Our new membership level will allow users to download the HD versions of our FREE tutorials for just $2.95 per month. We try and release at least 6 tutorials per month, so that’s about a 50% savings.

Now, back to the perk

If you donate just $5 or above, we will give you tonyteach’s HD membership access for a full year! Now the regular $2.95 per month rounds out to about $35 – so at $5 for a year?? That’s over an 80% discount!!

We are limiting this perk to the first 150 people that sign up for it, as that will give us enough funds to meet our $1000 goal

CLICK HERE to get our HD Downloads for […]

Beaver Cola: Voice Recording BTS

Here is an excerpt from tonyteach’s upcoming DVD, Anatomy of a 30 second Short (aka Beaver Cola) In this excerpt, I am working with voice artist Demarcus Hill, and also discussing the feel of music we’ll need. I also make a rare, cameo appearance on camera 🙂 Order your DVD now @


Thanks Tony Ross,