My friend i'm staying with is very good at drawing, photo-real drawing that is. He's been showing me the ropes for his method, and that's what the two above are all about.
For those not in the know, there's a fantastic animation school in France called Gobelins. It's the equivalent of a masters university course.
I really love their output, I think it's really towards the future of animation in the mainstream; animations that are created for all, about anything. Gobelins often still rely largely on animations typicalities; fun, frantic, silly, but they are certainly a step in the right direction. France in general seemed to have a very good understanding of animation in this sense, you really felt it at Annecy with the selection, and also the response from the audience (& general public).
Anywho, here's some of the really great work they are producing.