the digital design blog

Year 9 Digital Media

We will work on Mr Ooze when I get back. In the meantime I’ve left you a short assignment. You can complete it this lesson.

Animation has been around for quite a long time. Open up a microsoft word document to answer the following questions:

  • What was the first animation ever produced?
  • What was the first full length animation movie released?
  • What is silhouette animation?
  • What is the difference between 2D and 3D animation?
  • What was the first 3D animation ever released?
  • How long does one single Simpsons episode take to make?
  • How long does it take to make a full length 3D animation?
  • How do they get actors for 2D and 3D animations? Do they get the actor first or do they cast the role after they’ve made the animation?
  • What will be the next big breakthrough for animation?
  • What country makes the most animations?
  • What is the best animation you have seen and why?

Once you have completed all the questions email your answers to


Leave a comment »

Drawing a monster in illustrator

This term we are going to be doing a lot of drawing in 2 programs: Illustrator and 3D Studio Max

Illustrator has similar tools to Photoshop but the difference is that it is specifically a drawing program rather than one to manipulate photographs. Illustrator creates small file sizes and it does not pixelate no matter how much you increase the size of our drawing. These are called Vector Graphics whereas photoshop images are called Bitmaps.

We will be using a series of drawing handouts to get you started in Illustrator.

We will also move onto 3D studio Max once you have practised drawing characters in Illustrator.

Download this document to start on your first drawing:

cartoon monster

If you are feeling particularly energetic (since it is your first digital media class this year) you can start on the Owl.

How to Create a Curious Owl

Leave a comment »