New Features: -Site Design, faster loading time and Mobile device ready
-Navigation - optimized for browsing artwork throughout the site
Coming soon: Sketch'n Show! - art show for anyone interested. One word picked every week. Your interpretation of it will be awesome and it'll be great to see what others come up with too. Doodle, sketch, drawing, painting, digital painting, whatever medium you'd like!
Mobile APPs for Ipad, Iphone, Android
I'd like to fill you in on what's going on with the new design of Animatedbuzz. Hopefully this will be informative and helpful in understanding what this transition I'm trying to make is all about. The main reason for the site re design is to make the website more mobile friendly and also faster in terms of loading time. Unfortunately, there have been many periods of downtime, or broken layouts. so I wanted to make sure you all know that I'm still in the process of fixing bugs and perhaps some inconsistency is expected here and there but ultimately, my goal is to deliver a really stable, fast, device flexible website for animation artists
all around the world to enjoy.
Yesterday, just as I was recording a video about the new site features, everything sort of disappeared for a while. It happened once earlier in the week, but this time, it didn't return to normal for a long time. All I could see is a white page with error messages on it. I called my hosting company to try fixing it along with some of my developers, but nothing could be fixed until 10am today. So that was a total
of 13 hours of downtime! Bahhhhhh! So I didn't get much sleep last night as I hoped for things to return to normal as soon as possible. Anyway, these are the kinds of things that I've been dealing with frequently, which is the explanat
ion for inconsistence site performance. Hope you all understand where I'm coming from here. I hope that one day very soon, the site will be stable.
The main reason why I want to put this site together is for people who want to start learning something about animation but don't have a clue on where or how to begin. I think there are tons of artists out there who can benefit from an online community like this. I wish I had something like this when i was in grade school and/or high school so that is the main piece of motivation behind it all.
I've also been very interested in putting together an online community for a long time. I don't really even know why but it's been an interest of mine. Since the start of this site in 2000, I've been trying to figure out a way to build a community that would bring animation artists together. Another reason I want to create this is to give back to the animation community because I feel very lucky with how things have gone for me at Calarts and now at Disney as an animator. I think it's great for artists to want to pursue their creative ambitions and if this website can help them at least a little bit, then I'll feel like I've contributed to the development of humanity in some small way haha.
I'll try to keep you all posted on the things going on at animatedbuzz.com. The next big update will involve iphone/ipad/android Apps. So stay tuned, and hope to see you around once in a while. And please don't be alarmed if the site is down for whatever reason because it'll be back up as soon as possible. Thanks for being part of the site!