An­i­ma­tion guru shares his ex­per­tise

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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.

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The One Academy stu­dents meet­ing Bacher for an au­to­graph and get­ting ad­vice on how to im­prove them­selves in the art and de­sign field.

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