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    What is the difference between the criteria of creativity and imagination? That is a tough one to figure out.
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    Creativity can be seen in the act of combining ideas together that may not seem to be a natural fit at first, but add layers of interest when they are combined. I suppose no one would have trouble imagining a talking mouse wearing over-alls, but consider the person who pitched the idea of a talking sponge that wears pants...
    Imagination can be seen in the unique way that each of us sees the world - one person's imagination will produce ideas that are very different from another person. We want to encourage each person who designs a character to add their own ideas to the mix and go beyond "copying" of the ideas of others. Of course, you will be inspired by animation characters that you see in movies, on tv etc. but I guess the imagination criterion will encourage you to take a character that inspire you and add your own unique twist to it - to get into the habit if developing your own voice when it comes to designing characters.

    Does this help?

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    Yes thank you very much, I think I have a clear Idea of what is expected of the judging criteria. I would also like to ask whether you want fully complete drawings with color and such or would it be preferred to have it without any kind of rendering showing under structure just like how you would see in a college animation portfolio submission?
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    Colour and/or any kind of rendering (light and shadow, surface textures, elaborate patterns on clothing, etc.) are not necessary. Draw your character in pencil. It's perfectly fine if your drawing shows some of the under-structure of the large forms. The only drawings that we won't be accepting are photoshop-ed images, no 3D computer renderings, no print-outs or photocopies - only drawings on paper - similar to standard character model sheets. This contest is not open to professionals, so we realize that some people who enter the contest may be doing these particular drawings for the first time. Here's a resource that you may want to use - starting on Monday, Dec. 10 we will be posting "Pro Tips" on the APW website from animation professionals. Each tip will be one idea used by that particular professional in designing a character. Look for this feature on our website and head over to the APW facebook page as well for more resources to use as you design your character.

    Hope this helps!

    Cheers!

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    Read APW Interview with Animation Career Review

    Myself, and Co- Director Vincent Peets we're interviewed by the Animation Career Review recently, and we have posted the online article on our website here:

    APW Interview

    The article provides some interesting background on what we do at the Workshop, as well as why we started the program up in the first place, which is pertinent information to those of you planning on joining up.
    We also chat a bit about Art Fundamentals / high school art programs and the situation there in terms of prepping students to get into animation programs.......all in all, it makes for an interesting read in any case.

    Enjoy!

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    Hi kamikazel33t,
    Here's the first installment of "Pro-Tips" - it's a series of pointers from animation professionals about how to approach designing a character. I thought you might be interested.
    http://www.animationportfolioworksho...1-simple-shape

    Cheers!

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    Thanks you! I found it to be quite useful!
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    No problem....if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

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    Pro-Tip #2 is up now...here it is.
    http://www.animationportfolioworksho...ference-images

    Toronto Character Designer Nate Gaul has written this one. Have a look at Nate's blog, too.
    http://nategaul.blogspot.ca/

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    Pro-Tip #2 is up now...here it is.
    http://www.animationportfolioworksho...ference-images

    Toronto Character Designer Nate Gaul has written this one. Have a look at Nate's blog, too.
    http://nategaul.blogspot.ca/

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    Pro tip #3 for apw free tuition contest

    This weeks pro tip is up and running....

    Visit:

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    Thanks to APW friend and former student Saud Boksmati for this weeks tip......



    Happy Drawing!
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    Another example of an animation portfolio character design from 2012 - these drawings are by XY - now in her first year of animation at Sheridan. Check out her drawings (some room drawings and a storyboard too)
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    Pro tip #4 apw free tuition contest

    Here's Pro Tip #4 for the Animation Portfolio Workshop Win A Free Tuition Contest


    Many thanks to Justice Wong, former APW grad and current character designer extraordinaire for his helpful tip this week.

    Study carefully and keep on drawing!!
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    Pro tip #5 apw win a free tuition contest

    Here's the link to Pro Tip #5 for the APW Win A Free Tuition Contest, as well as the visuals for the tip.

    Thanks to Myke Bakich our former student and instructor, now professional character designer, for giving us this weeks tip.

    As Myke puts it:

    "Contrast, in my opinion is the most important element in character design. Contrast means the difference between two or more things, whether it be with space, shape, tone, colour, or rhythm. Lets take an example to help me explain. This is a design from Uwe Heidschotter http://heidschoetter.blogspot.ca/.



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    Notice that the space around the design varies from top, bottom, both right and left sides.

    Also, if we take a look at the different parts that make up the character, we find that there are six different shapes being used and each shape is quite different than the others.

    Hope this helps you as you design your animation character, Good luck to all the applicants for the APW Character Design Contest!!!"


    Thanks Myke for the great tip!

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    For those of you who are interested, this is an open invitation to stop in at the Workshop this coming weekend to view the final portfolio selections of our 2012 / 2013 students for their various animation portfolio submissions.

    This is the culmination of 9 months of hard work on the part of our students in the APW program.

    For the address of the workshop just follow this link

    Feel free to stop by between 11am and 5pm on either day.

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    APW accepted portfolios 2013

    Here's some examples from the portfolio of Aaron Smrke , an APW student who applied for the Seneca York Animation program and was accepted with this portfolio.
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    Pro tip # 6 and #7

    I forgot to post Pro Tip # 6 last week...my apologies...

    Here's the links for the last two tips in our series to help your chances at winning the Free Tuition Character Design Contest for the upcoming 2013 session, which is almost half full at this point.

    Character designer and former APW student Chang Dai, provided us with Pro Tip #6 - Line Quality

    and Brian Lemay, Animation Instructor at Seneca / York provided us with this weeks Pro Tip - Study Video Frames

    Thanks to everyone for supporting the contest, and our prospective free tuition winning character designer!!

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    Character Design Contest...If you design a character for this contest you could win free tuition for the 2013/2014 session of the Animation Portfolio Workshop. If you're already designing characters on your own redraw one of your own designs and submit it. You can also win other stuff - art supplies from Aboveground Art Supplies, animation art books from Labyrinth and BMV Books.

    CONTEST
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    PRO-TIPS to help you win the contest (what more can you ask for?)



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    Charlie Bonifacio Pro Tip for APW win a Free Tuition Contest

    We are really honoured to have esteemed character animator Charlie Bonifacio offering sage advice in our final ProTip #9 for this year's Win a Free Tuition Character Design Contest which will be officially closed to receiving applicants April 10th at midnight, Toronto time.

    Charlie's Tip is on developing personality and story in your design.

    ProTip #8 has been provided by Workshop Director Vincent Peets, and it covers variation in shape design.....

    Contest adjudication will be taking place this weekend with Seneca Animation Program Director and comic book artist / animator extraordinaire Jim Zubkavich making the final choices in terms of the grand prize winner and runners up.

    Stay tuned....

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    APW Win a Free Tuition Contest / We Have a Winner!!

    Congrats to Maisie Li of Toronto (see Maisie's winning character design below), winner of this years APW Win a Free Tuition Contest.

    Maisie was chosen by Jim Zubkavitch to receive free tuition for the 2013 / 2014 Session of the Animation Portfolio Workshop.

    Thanks to Jim , and congrats to Maisie, all the prize winners, and to everyone who entered this year's contest for doing a great job!
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    APW FAll 2013 SESSION INFO

    Hi folks.

    Just a note to let you know that the upcoming 2013 Fall Workshop class is over half full at the moment, so if you're intending to join up, make haste before the " registration frenzy " starts up with the beginning of the new school year.

    Wait listed students will be bumped to spots in the 2014 / 2015 spring session.

    Also, please enjoy the latest Workshop promotional video.

    Thanks to Director Vince Peets for putting this together.

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    Apw 2013 fall session update

    Hi Folks.

    Just a brief update on enrollment status for the Fall Session that starts up in 2 weeks time.

    There are six spots left until enrollment is closed and wait listing begins....

    For those of you about to apply, we'll see you in two weeks time at the first class!

    Cheers

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    A quick update on the status of available spots for the upcoming 2013 Fall Workshop.

    As of today, there are 3 spots open for interested registrants.

    Course start up is in a week and a half.

    Gerard

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    Update for 2013 Fall Workshop registration.

    As of this morning there are two spots available for the upcoming session which starts this coming Saturday September 14th.

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    Hi folks.

    Sorry for posting this after the start date...

    Our 14 day character design challenge started on Wednesday, and I'm posting a link here for any of you who would like to join in the fun.

    The 14 Day Character Design Challenge is just that - every day for 14 days we post a new gesture which you then use as the basis for designing your character for that day....send them to us and we post them all- everyday.

    Quite fun!

    I'll post some results here as we go....

    Enjoy.

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    Hi folks

    A quick note to let you know that registration for the 2014 / 2015 Spring Session has officially started and the class has a handful of students registered.

    Please visit our registration information page to get details about the upcoming classes and how to register.

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    Examples of APW Student Animation Portfolios / 2013 Aaron Lun

    I know that many of you are currently preparing portfolios to get into animation schools for the 2014 school year, so I will post some examples from last years succesful APW student portfolios and invite you to ask any questions you might have in relation to the work you're seeing here and the preparation of your own portfolio.

    We start with Aaron Lun, an APW student from the 2012 / 2013 session, who wanted to get into the Seneca Animation Program, and did so with the portfolio you see here.

    Any coments or questions are welcome.


    ......follow this link :

    Aaron Lun Animation Portfolio


    to see the complete portfolio that Aaron submitted to Seneca College.


    Happy Drawing!
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    Gabriel Arrellaga Animation Portfolio 2013

    Here is another example of a great portfolio from 2013 APW student Gabriel Arrellaga.

    Gabriel used this portfolio to land himself a spot in Sheridan's Bachelor of Animation Program.


    Please follow this link for more examples:

    Animation Portfolio Gabriel Arrellaga


    Happy drawing!

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    Werner Zimmerman Endorses Animation Portfolio Workshop

    We received an endorsement of the work we do ( 'we' meaning everyone at APW - teachers, t.a.'s, t.a.'s in training, our wonderful students....) from Werner Zimmerman, artist, illustrator, and drawing instructor in the Seneca College Animation Program.

    Werner is a very accomplished draughtsman, as you can see from his observational drawing blog and before his teaching gig at Seneca College, he was working as a drawing and anatomy instructor in the Classical Animation Program at Sheridan College.

    It's really really nice for us to finally have someone teaching in a top animation school, publicly acknowledging the impact our students have had in raising the overall quality of the animation program itself.

    Werner starts with;


    ".....Iíve been meaning to do this for a while, but now with the the new semester at Seneca Iím compelled to finally say it: Animation Portfolio Workshop is really making a difference in the quality of students that come into my first semester Life Drawing classes."


    and goes on to develop this thought in more detail.


    You can read the complete quote here:

    Werner Zimmerman's Kind Words About APW


    Happy drawing!


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    Ken Concelos Sheridan Animation Portfolio 2013

    Here is a link to the portfolio of Workshop student Ken Concelos:

    Ken Concelos Sheridan Portfolio 2013


    Ken was a student of ours in 2013, and made this portfolio with us to gain entry to the Sheridan Animation program in 2014.
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