Director of the "DRAWTASTIC" online Animation Festival!
Welcome to my hand-drawn, old-school, hand crafted animation world! My world is not a place of glitz, glamor or cookie-cutter 'Hollywood'. Instead, as with so many of my fellow independently-minded 2D artists and animators, I toil in the trenches - where every day there is a battle for commercial acceptance and respect for what we do and what we continually try to do. Yet I do sniff a hint of defiance the air. I look around and smile as I see that other animators beginning to raise their pencils once again! Predictable corporate Hollywood may have given up on us but thankfully the animators who have survived its cull are still skilled and passionate enough to want to show the world what 2D animation can yet do! Let's all hear it for the humble pencil!
MY LAST THREE!
They say you're only as good as your last project. So despite my very successful past track record, I thought I'd share my last three, old-school, hand-drawn animated short film projects...
Not many people know of my lifelong passion for serious astrology! It began decades ago when an amazing Irish herbalist/astrologer, Samuel H. Weir, saved my mother's life - where regular doctors and hospitals had pretty much given up on her! That miraculous recovery, born of astrological diagnosis, counseling and treatment, opened up my eyes to what the potential of serious astrology was all about. I subsequently studied astrology with Samuel H. Weir for a number of years and continued to keep up my studies long after the great man's death. Today, I'm paying back what I received all those years ago by committing my love of animation and astrology to establish the STAR*TOONZ initiative. The above is the first promotional ad I created for the company. Animated in just 5 weeks of intensive production, I completed the whole thing single-handedly.
NODOOR PROMOTIONAL AD:
This one came pretty much out of the blue. A handful of people knew of my interest in serious astrology at the time. However, when I was approached to create this quick promotional short film for the NODOOR School of Humanistic Astrology in Beijing I couldn't resist the opportunity of combining my love of both these areas of expression. Produced over 3 weeks on a very tight budget I managed to pull it off, despite a very tight deadline too. The online success of this production was actually the catelyst for me "coming out" on this serious, life-affirming astrology front and I've never looked back since - especiall in terms of my STAR*TOONZ, STAR*TOONZ ACADEMY and WHITE WILLOW Board Game initiatives!
"He was the first person who told me that I could make it, achieving my dream in animation industry. He is a very passionate person, and will give his best support towards those who shares the same passion. One of the best teacher I've ever met." ~ Kenny.
Study animation online with Tony!
Tony regularly shares his time & knowledge with aspiring traditional animation students by teaching online using Skype or Zoom. Please direct inquiries via the Contact Page at the back of this website.
Tony is also excited to be currently developing an extended 'Drawing for Animation' course online, based on his popular 'The Animator's Sketchbook'. Animators of all kinds can work through the 66 exercises the book offers, with Tony mentoring their work along the way.
Take your animation to the next level with Tony - whether it be 2D, 3D, Claymation, Stop-frame, or any other!
And if you're a student or animator of any kind ~ why not improve your skills by taking my (free) monthly drawing challenges you'll find on my Animator's Sketchclub website... www.animatorsketchclub.com