Eric Farrar

Associate Professor - ATEC
Tags: Animation & Games Design & Technology Emerging Media Art Art & Science

Professional Preparation

M.F.A. - Visual Communication Design
Ohio State University - 2004
B.F.A. - Music Performance
Ohio University - 1988

Research Areas

Research Interests
  • 3D and 2D Animation
  • Animation History
  • Character Setup/ Rigging
  • Narrative Storytelling
  • Music/Sound as a Design Element


Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2009–Present]
Assistant Professor
Ohio University [2008–Present]
Visiting Professional
Ohio University [2006–2008]
Ohio State University [1999–2000]

Additional Information

Computer Specialization
3D                                      2D/Video                        Office/Web                            General Qomputing Maya                                  Photoshop                       Microsoft Word                       UNIX Renderman                         Illustrator                          Excel                                    JavaScript MEL                                   Premiere                          Access                                  Perl VRML                                 AfterEffects                      PowerPoint                            Pascal Voodoo                               Flash                               Dreamweaver                                           Final Cut Pro                    HTML
University Assistantship
  • Graduate Administrative Associate
  • The Ohio State University 2001-2004
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering Maintained departmental website, designed and developed new tools and web pages as requested using HTML, JavaScript and Flash.
Personal Statement

Eric Farrar is an Assistant Professor of 3D Computer Animation in Arts and Technology (ATEC). He graduated from Ohio University with a music performance degree and spent the better part of a decade working as a freelance drummer and percussionist in the central Ohio area, all the while working at a variety of computer-related "day jobs."

In the late 1990s, Eric returned to school to study graphic design where he discovered 3D computer animation. He immediately fell in love with the medium as a means for combining his appreciation for visual art with his background in music.

He completed an MFA in Computer Animation and Visualization working through the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University. Eric then went to work for the Los Angeles based visual-effects studio, Rhythm & Hues. There he worked as a character rigger creating bone and muscle systems for digital characters helping to bring a variety of computer generated animals and fantasy characters to life. Films on which he worked include Night at the Museum and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe.

Eric is currently teaching courses in 3D animation including two new courses focused on character rigging, which introduce students to some of the more technical elements of preparing 3D models for animation. His creative and research interests center around independent animated shorts and techniques for combining music and animation.