GNSI 2016 Ed Series - 2D Digital Animation and 3D Sculpting…from the Heartland

Event Date: 
October 27, 2016 - 9:00am to October 30, 2016 - 4:00pm



Coordinator: Gail Guth, with hosts Jamie Guth and Alvin Butler

Register online at: by  October 1 and SAVE!
Scholarships are available; see the registration form for details.
A downpayment of $150 will secure your reservation. 

- Registration fee includes light continental breakfast items, box lunch, and beverages.
-The discounted room rate and room availability at the Holiday Inn is only guaranteed until October 1.

CONTACT:  Gail Guth for more information: [email protected]

WORKSHOP #1: 2D Animation: From Illustrator to After Effects
October 27-28

Instructor: Mandy Root-Thompson

In this 2-day workshop we will develop short animations in Adobe After Effects from artwork created in Adobe Illustrator. The workshop will cover an efficient workflow from pencil storyboards to final animation. Participants will learn how to properly prepare Adobe Illustrator files for easy exportation into After Effects, where artwork will be animated, and voice over, sound effects, and background music added.

No prior knowledge of storyboarding, animation, or After Effects is required but students must be proficient with, and able to create artwork in, Adobe Illustrator. No time will be spent on illustration techniques in Adobe Illustrator.

Due to the limited time (2-days for a completed animation) pre-workshop independent study materials will be delivered to students in advance and will include detailed instructions for developing a storyline, storyboarding, and creating initial artwork in Adobe Illustrator. Participants must have preliminary work completed prior to the beginning of the workshop in order to have time to complete an animation. Plan to spend from several hours up to a few days preparing your storyboard and artwork prior to class.

Participants will need to provide their own laptop computer, mouse, ear buds or headphones, and software. A free 30-day trial of Adobe Creative Cloud is available at [2] where participants can download the needed software:

Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop®, After Effects, Audition, and Media Encoder

Sample Animations:
Holiday animation
Zika Virus animation

Blog post about the Zika Virus animation


WORKSHOP #2:  Leveling Up in Zbrush®: An Immersive 2-Day Workshop
October 29-30

Instructor: David Killpack

Pixologic Zbrush is an application created with the artist in mind.  Its unique user interface may be an asset to some and a stumbling block for others but the output of this amazing tool is undeniably awesome. The ideal student for this 2-day immersion course is one who has dabbled in the application & built a few things but who has questions about moving forward. However, my intent is to create an environment where all participants from novice to expert can learn something and “LEVEL UP.  We will cover basic UI, modeling, texturing, materials, lighting, rendering, layers, even animation.  We’ll utilize the environment of sophisticated learners (Thanks to Sara Taliaferro for that term) and group up based on experience.

Each student will need a laptop with Zbrush installed (free trial version is OK as long as you have at least 2 days that overlap with this workshop).  Ideally, each student will also have a Wacom or similar drawing tablet. [NOTE: the GNSI will provide Wacom tablets for students who do not own one.] Bring along these tools and your questions and with a little luck, everyone can Level Up!



Both workshops will be held on the campus of Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) University in the Walb Union Building.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn-IPFW/Coliseum, which is located just off the IPFW campus.  Participants must make their own reservations, or are welcome to choose alternatives. PLEASE NOTE: Discounted room rates and room availability are guaranteed only until October 1!

The hotel has a restaurant and bar, the largest indoor pool of any hotel in the area, an exercise room, and shuttle service to the campus and other locations in town. There is a walking path from the hotel to campus; the walk to the Walb Union takes approximately 17 minutes. Private car transport (your hosts) will be available if needed. Parking in the P2 ramp adjacent to the Walb is free in white-lined spaces.


Beverages, light continental breakfast items, and box lunches will be provided daily, included in your registration fee. Full breakfast and all dinners are on your own: the hotel restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner; the Walb Union Cafeteria will be open 8 am - 5 pm Thursday and Friday and there is a coffee shop in the Union. You can get dinner in the hotel, or at the numerous restaurants in the immediate area (transportation or shuttle service will be available).

We will provide you with detailed maps and information about the hotel and the area when you register.


Fort Wayne is centrally located in the Midwest: (driving miles) 153 miles from Chicago, 126 miles from Indianapolis, 159 miles from Columbus, OH, 162 miles from Detroit, 318 miles from Pittsburgh, and 368 miles from St. Louis; in the north/northeast sector of Indiana. The Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) is in the southwest corner of the city; the campus of Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne is on the northern edge of the city. Specific directions to the campus and around Fort Wayne will be provided after you have registered.

You might also explore flight options to the Indianapolis airport (IND), South Bend (SBN), or airports in Ohio.

The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the Fort Wayne airport; you must request airport service 24 hours in advance. Hotel shuttle service is also available daily to the IPFW campus, and other points around the city. Private transportation (your hosts) will be available as needed.

GNSI 2016 Education Workshop Logo
Mandy Root-Thompson 2D animation images
David Killpack 3D digital Sculpting images