Barbadian Artists given chance to hone their cartooning skills with help of Errol Barrow Centre

Barbadian artists will once again turn on the Living Screen – through a series of computerised animation technology workshops conducted under the aegis of Barbados’ National Council for Science & Technology and facilitated by Toon Boom Animation Graphics.

(Center) Author/Illustrator of the popular "Worm" Editorial Cartoons - Guy O'Neal, trained by Disney Imagineers USA

(Center) Author/Illustrator of the popular "Worm" Editorial Cartoons - Guy O'Neal, trained by Disney Imagineers USA {PHOTOS COURTESY: COREY GRAHAM}

It is part of the NCST’s mandate to contribute to the internationalisation of Barbados through the application of science, technology and innovation. This year the introductory workshops have been extended to two, giving the opportunity to 40 Barbadians involved in any type of graphics, the opportunity to be introduced to, or hone their skills in this rapidly-burgeoning industry, which raked in more than US $200 billion worldwide in 2009.

Pupils include radio Personality Maurice Norville & Newspaper Columnist Michelle Cave{PICTURE COURTESY - GUY O'NEAL}

Pupils include radio Personality Maurice Norville & Newspaper Columnist Michelle Cave {PICTURE COURTESY - GUY O'NEAL}

Participants are expected to include graphics artists who work in illustration, character development, painting (digital), colour, lighting, concept art and background/set design as well as rendering, animating and motion tweening, scripting, storyboard, art direction and production planning, cinematography and special effects.

A number of organisations are assisting in this effort, among them the EBCCI, BIMAP, Invest Barbados, AnimeKon and BANG. BANG is a substantive result of the first animation course, formed to give new and developing animators assistance in furthering their career objectives.

This year’s series of animation workshops will also include a certification programme, which will be open to a limited number of people who have successfully concluded the introductory programme, or who have sufficient experience in the field. This will be held at the EBCCI from June 19th to June 25th. An introductory “Train the Trainer” workshop will also be held from June 21st – 25th. The venue for this will also be the EBCCI.

Tutor provides fine-tuning tip to eager student of digital animation at the Errol Barrow Centre, Cave Hill

Tutor provides fine-tuning tip to eager student of digital animation at the Errol Barrow Centre, Cave Hill

June 24th will see the EBCCI hosting an important strategic planning session. Participants at this session to chart the future of animation in Barbados are expected to include Toon Boom Animation, the NCST, EBCCI, BIMAP, Full Circle Animation, BANG, Invest Barbados and AnimeKon.

Registration for the Introductory Animation Workshop series closed for this year since beginning of the month, however information about all workshops may be found on or by calling 424-0994

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