Animation guru shares his expertise
tO have an opportunity to learn the intricacy of art and illustration from one of the most experienced artists is a chance of a lifetime.
Many aspiring artists wish to meet expert production designer and artist Hans Bacher.
With more than 30 years experience in the animation industry, Bacher was involved in the legendary film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, one of the earliest fantasy comedy films with live action and animation combined.
The two-day event was held at The One Academy of Communication Design with Bacher sharing his art and animation knowledge and thoughts with illustration and digital animation students.
Day One was a seminar titled “Production Design in the Animation Industry”. Bacher shared his work from famous Disney films such as Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin with The One Academy students.
He also spoke about the process of animation during that time and how that was part of the evolution of animation – evolving from classic black-and-white Disney films to coloured ones with art elements incorporated to depict the story.
Bacher said: “Those days, animation had to be done using an optical camera. There was no Photoshop unlike now. Everything was done in the old-fashioned way.”
According to Bacher, computer graphics has now become the religion of the future. However, despite its importance, he still strongly believes it is still a tool.
“In the future, instead of computer graphics, someone could come up with a new method of doing animation. It can be anything - you can combine finger painting on glass and if it turns out to be too artistic for the mainstream, it doesn’t matter because you are making a difference,” Bacher said.
When asked if a degree is important for the industry, Bacher replied that some companies want to see what they have learnt while some companies prefer to see their accomplishments and experience, in which case portfolios are important.
On Day Two, Bacher covered “Style Development in Animation”. At this workshop, Bacher discussed the evolution of design throughout history and its influences from art history.
“You should always try to surround yourself with historical art to get inspirations,” he said. “Same goes for typography because it isn’t about words; it is about the Art within Words.”
Bacher maintained that traditional medium is still important though the industry uses new software these days. He said that not too many work with the traditional medium and it is an art and skill that has been left behind.
But he insisted that students still need to work with paper first before moving on to digital.
“There are still lessons to be learnt by achieving effects using traditional medium,” Bacher advised.
The One Academy students learnt various art masterpieces and influences from Bacher as he shared numerous pieces from classic comic strips from the turn of the century to Disney artists in the ‘30s to ‘50s and how their signature art styles influenced Disney films.
Bacher resides in the Philippines and supervises his students on graphic novels, animated-featured films, children’s books and more. He is currently focusing on teaching a new generation of animation designers and artists.
Bacher feels there are too many artificial qualities in art and animation these days and he hopes that the new generation of talent from The One Academy would be able to change the future. He believes that The One Academy students possess potential as there are so many artists in Malaysia.
The One Academy of Communication Design was established in 1991 with the aim of promoting the region as the world’s centre of creative reference. Today, it is a leading international institution in art, design and creative multimedia, renowned with graduates who steer successful careers in creative capitals worldwide.
The courses offered are Multimedia Design with New Media Studies, Digital Animation with Game Development, Illustration with Entertainment Art, Advertising and Graphic Design, Interior Design, Paris Fashion Design and Pattern Making as well as Fine Arts.
For details, call 03-5637 5510, fax 03-5621 1716, e-mail email@example.com or log on to www.toa.edu.my
The One Academy students meeting Bacher for an autograph and getting advice on how to improve themselves in the art and design field.