Prolific Justinen Illustration Duo Demos at SVAD

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Animation, Fine Art, Graphic Design | No Comments
Prolific Justinen Illustration Duo Demos at SVAD

Lars and Kim Justinen, owners of the Justinen Creative Group based in Nampa, Idaho, recently conducted a 2 session digital illustration workshop at Southern’s School of Visual Art and Design. The Justinens and their studio staff have produced literally thousands of illustrations for books and magazines for over 25 years. They also own and operate […]

Animated Short by Animation Alum

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Animation | No Comments
Animated Short by Animation Alum

When Kevin Jackson visited last year, he showed us a hilarious project he was working on called ‘Wake Up Call’. He connected with recent graduate Rebecca Johnson to do the lighting and rendering. UPDATE: Kevin used the fantastic Malcolm rig from AnimSchool, and they interviewed him here. Enjoy!

A Day in Atlanta

A Day in Atlanta

This Fall 52 students from SVAD traveled to Atlanta for a morning at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and an afternoon at the High Museum of Art. Highlights of the Botanical garden included the amazing Fuqua Orchid Center (They have a fascinating blog here), the edible garden, and the Imaginary Worlds exhibit of living sculpture. At the High Museum, Anselm […]

Science Fiction Short Produced by Animation Alum

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Animation | No Comments
Science Fiction Short Produced by Animation Alum

ENVOY, a proof of concept film for a larger feature pitch is gaining momentum online. It was co-produced by SVAD Animation Alum Adam Coggin, who also supervised the visual effects. He carved time out to give us an idea of what went into bringing this amazing project to life.   What was the inspiration for the design and […]

Game Design Ramp Up

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Animation | No Comments
Game Design Ramp Up

Based on interest from the Junior animation class, we’re getting into game design and game assets. They plan to build a game level next year for their collaborative project. In an effort to get ready for that, I’ve been doing work in Unreal Engine 4 to help guide the scope of the project. (Unreal is the […]

SHOW: The Best of 2014

SHOW: The Best of 2014

(     MAKING OF…     ) Every year, in the last week of school, the School of Visual Art & Design celebrates the best work of our 200+ majors. SHOW, represents thousands of hours of work from four disciplines: Film, Graphic Design, Animation, and Fine Art. It’s a celebration of our students achievements, but more than […]

Student Reflects on SVAD Tunisia Trip

Student Reflects on SVAD Tunisia Trip

This June 6 SVAD students and 6 staff traveled to Tunis, Tunisia to learn about Tunisian culture and create relationships with Tunisian art students while collaborating on a mural project together. Below SVAD art student Stephanie Garcia shares how she experienced it: When I first learned that I was able to go on the Tunisia […]

Kevin Jackson visits from Sony Pictures Animation

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Animation | No Comments
Kevin Jackson visits from Sony Pictures Animation

Kevin Jackson is a character animator at Sony Pictures Animation. He has 7 years of professional experience since graduating from Southern’s program and has contributed to several major theatrical productions as well as game and commercial animation. Kevin paid us visit last November and offered many tips of the trade by looking at student work, […]

A Day with Granny Animated Short Film

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Animation | No Comments
A Day with Granny Animated Short Film

  This year in the animation department the junior class is collaborating on an animated short film they are tentatively calling A Day with Granny. The story is about a more than strange grandma trying to relate to her little granddaughter, who in return just wants her grandma to be normal. The short has been […]

Animation Graduate works on “The Little Prince”

Posted by on Feb 5, 2014 in Animation | No Comments
Animation Graduate works on “The Little Prince”

Melissa Caldwell, 2013 recently began work at Mikros Image in Montreal after about a year of working for SVAD-Productions. She took a few minutes to chat about what she’s working on. The project I am working on is The Little Prince, based off the book written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Its being directed by Mark […]