Anyone out there who’s curious about how the Animation Mentor ‘eCritiques‘ work, I just did one for the May winner over at the 11 Second Club. Brazilian Ivan Oviedo did a great, hilarious hand-drawn scene to win the closest 11 Second Club competition ever. I got a little carried away, and did about three sessions worth of eCritiques in one session, so be warned that it’s pretty long! You can go directly to the critique here.
The 11 Second Club is a great follow-up to the 10 Second Club (which died because the site was hacked, I believe). It’s a monthly animation contest founded by Aja and Mark Bogdanoff and maintained by self-less volunteers. Every month an 11-second sound clip is uploaded, and anyone is free to animate anything they want to fit the clip. There’s a wide variety of both CG and hand-drawn animation, and lots of different styles and rigs in use. Anyone who registers can vote (but you have to watch and vote on every entry), so it’s a real “people’s choice” from animators, animation students, and fans. Here’s a screen cap of one of Ivan’s shots:
So appealing! I’d really love to see these characters in a full short. As I said, the May competition was the tightest competition yet, and I was really impressed by the second and third place finishers, too (Aussie Marco Palmieri and Guillaume Roux of Belgium, respectively; time for you Yank animators to step up and represent!).
Go check out the site, watch some cool animation, and think about taking a crack at it. It’s great practice, and a good chance to get some individual exposure.
Addendum: I got a nice thank-you note from Ivan:
Many thanks for all the suggestions and constructive critics. It would be awesome to have professionals like yourself by my side to learn more every time.
I´m still searching for my place in the market of animation, trying to evolve every day and maybe someday work in big studios side by side with animators like you!
I´m really thankful. Your critics made me open my eyes for technical parts that I was using only by intuition before.
It’s a good feeling to connect with an animator half a world away, and share the love of this insanely difficult art form. And I won’t be surprised at all if one day soon Ivan is working at one of the big studios.