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    What are some good character animations schools?

    I was wondering about what are well know schools that teach character animation in the states. I've had a passion for animation at a young age but really never got beyond stickfigures and stuff. I've started working on building up my drawing skills and right now i'm wondering what are some good character animations schools and what should i do to get in?
    Right now I don't have a portfolio since I really only looked at drawing as a way to pass time during class and animation as a small hobby of mine.

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    Calarts has a specific character animation program. The students produce spectaaacularr films every year.
    You need a strong portfolio though, with strong foundational skills. They have their requirements on their website.

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    hrmmmm...i'll go check it out....WHAT THE..?!? oh hey i recognize some of these animations from newgrounds
    wow...hmmmm
    well looking at it, the observational drawings...would that mean something like a gesture considering the short amount of time you're given to draw it...
    Doesn't really go into how long is the longest period of time you should be spending on one of them though...
    Where would I start when it comes to observational drawings though, just go outside and draw people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CivilizedYapper View Post
    Where would I start when it comes to observational drawings though, just go outside and draw people?
    Yes.
    Look for drop-in figure drawing sessions in your area as well. They're going to want to see nude, or at least body suited, drawings.

    I'd also advise looking into the schools that aren't considered "best". Local and state schools can have good programs as well, without the admissions competition schools like Calarts have. I'm not going to lie, it's freaking tough and they turn away a lot more than they accept. Still something you should definitely shoot for, just have a back up.

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    hmmm...well i live in Florida, right now i've found Ringling College of Art and Design which also seems to be a competitive school...and then...Fullsail...I know in FAU has an animation program but on the campus i'm on which is a pain...
    Would it be possible to go online and find models there? if i can't find a figure drawing sessions ?
    My lack of transportation really limits what i can do...
    edit: Anyone know anything about UCF's character animation program?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CivilizedYapper View Post
    Would it be possible to go online and find models there? if i can't find a figure drawing sessions ?
    My lack of transportation really limits what i can do...
    It's not ideal, but better than nothing. There's a big difference between drawing from a photo and drawing from real life, and yes, the people reviewing your portfolio will be able to tell the difference.

    here's some nifty links that you should find helpful or just interesting:
    http://lovecastle.org/draw/
    http://artists.pixelovely.com/practi...igure-drawing/
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...Survival-Guide
    http://sevencamels.blogspot.ca/

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    Ringling is a very good program, though they're super expensive and stingy with financial aid. There is a huge amount of information on them in the Ringling thread in this forum. Full Scale isn't a very good program, especially for the price they're asking. I'm not as well informed about UCF's animation program, but my general impression is that it's certainly not on the same level as the top private animation schools, but decent and definitely worth considering if price is a major issue.

    Outside of Florida, look at SCAD, SVA, RIT, CalArts, AAU, SJSU, and CCA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OfficialLamp View Post
    It's not ideal, but better than nothing. There's a big difference between drawing from a photo and drawing from real life, and yes, the people reviewing your portfolio will be able to tell the difference.

    here's some nifty links that you should find helpful or just interesting:
    http://lovecastle.org/draw/
    http://artists.pixelovely.com/practi...igure-drawing/
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...Survival-Guide
    http://sevencamels.blogspot.ca/
    Well this definitely will help get a start on things...
    Thanks for the webpages dude
    it'll help for now

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    Quote Originally Posted by OfficialLamp View Post
    It's not ideal, but better than nothing. There's a big difference between drawing from a photo and drawing from real life, and yes, the people reviewing your portfolio will be able to tell the difference.

    here's some nifty links that you should find helpful or just interesting:
    http://lovecastle.org/draw/
    http://artists.pixelovely.com/practi...igure-drawing/
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...Survival-Guide
    http://sevencamels.blogspot.ca/
    Thanks man!
    Although i have one last question, I've been looking at other people's observational drawings and i noticed a lot of them would obviously be poses of people in motion (like a mother walking while holding the child's hand)...so this would mean that they would only get a VERY short period of time to observe and then draw what they see...D:
    From my point of view, that seems impossibly hard to pull of at this point in time

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    It's not ideal, but better than nothing. There's a big difference between drawing from a photo and drawing from real life, and yes, the people reviewing your portfolio will be able to tell the difference.

    here's some nifty links that you should find helpful or just interesting:
    http://lovecastle.org/draw/
    http://artists.pixelovely.com/practi...igure-drawing/
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...Survival-Guide
    http://sevencamels.blogspot.ca/
    Thanks for the links! they'll help me for now, haha
    Well i've been looking at portfolios on this website and other ones too, and i've notice people have been drawing other in motion (for example a mother walking with her child). How do people capture that moment and draw it so well, i mean its they would only be there for a split second, how do people actually capture and draw down what they see?

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    Ringling is a great program. I know a guy in the animation program over there. His stuff is pretty great!

    http://kevinoh-art.blogspot.ca/

    Also, it's best to draw figures from real life and not from photos. Go life drawing, cafe sketching and draw everything you see!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meloncov View Post
    Outside of Florida, look at SCAD, SVA, RIT, CalArts, AAU, SJSU, and CCA.
    From what I understand ringling and cal arts are the top schools. this does not mean there aren't other great schools offering great programs, but from what I'm understanding, for animation, CalArts and Ringling are the way to go, if you can get in. Heading north into Canada you can also look into Sheridan college.


    Ringling has won numerous awards for being the most wired school having a ratio of 2.5 computer per student. Ringling is Arguably the best school for 3-d animation, and has been ranked so.
    CalArts is a school located "right in the heat of things" and was founded by disney. Calarts has a long history of famous names, and its hard to find anything bad about it. I believe CalArts is especially focused on traditional 2-d animation, but this may be simply misinformation. There's a joke about people in CalArts: "why don't people graduate from CalArts?"...."they get jobs."
    SVA has a grittier feel to their projects, I guess it's that northern urban effect. If you request their booklets they seem to talk more about being located in New York than what their programs do IMO.
    SCAD gets mixed reviews; some people rave about it; others complain because they aren't getting what they need. A Ringling alumni who I know as a friend told me that when things were hard going in classes, him and his classmates would joke- well we could be in SCAD now.
    I;m not positive about the other schools on the list, but I'm sure they are all worth looking up.
    A school not on the list is RISD. not sure if it has a character animation course, but everyone tends to list it because seth mcfarlene graduated from there.

    And if it's hard getting in, remember what the people in their programs often joke; Getting in is EASY, it's staying in that's hard.

    in order to make a portfolio for a good animation college (or just about any art college) draw what you see. that's what they want to see, technical skill and completed ideas.
    If you are learning to draw, work on blind contours, but quickly begin sketching everything you see. Have a sketchbook and pencils on you at all times, and never hesitate to "whip it out".

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