This website is designed to be the go to place for all things hand-drawn animation. This site will soon include behind the scenes information on movies, cartoon TV shows, and internet animators. We will also have an extensive guide for upcoming animation festivals and expos from around the world. We will conduct interviews with animation professionals who are currently working in the field or are retired. TONS of model sheets. TONS of pencil tests. Our team members will be reviewing past and present animated movies as well as TV shows. We also showcase student pencil tests and shorts. Please enjoy our site!
We are also open to our user-base joining in by sending us stories, model sheets, pencil tests, news, and any other goodies.
The rules are simple. Take your work, but never yourself, seriously. Pour in the love and whatever skill you have, and it will come out.
Lavalle has been making animated online cartoons in Flash with his own unique characters since 2001 for his website www.flashcartoons.org In 2009 Lavalle started learning from Don Bluth in his traditional animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclass in Arizona. Lavalle moved to Florida to escape the freezing cold winters from up north in 2009. In 2011 he started this website after seeing most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation. He is also co-creator of the cartoon Crackerland.
James knew that he wanted to do animation from a very early age thanks to his father being an animator at the Walt Disney Studio. When he was in his teens, he took a serious interest in the art of animation and then, finally, in the year 2011 James graduated from Animation Mentor: The Online Animation School with a diploma in Advanced Character Animation Studies. James is currently working as a freelance animator.
Les Carpenter was a Disney artist for 7 years at the Animation Academy. Teaching guests how to draw the beloved animated characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park at the Walt Disney Resort. Les has learned from Don Bluth on his online classes and attended his master class in the summer of 2010 in Phoneix, Arizona furthering his animation knowledge. The day Les joined the Don Bluth classes, he met Lavalle Lee and they decided to make a cartoon together called, “Crackerland”. His interest is in special effects animation.