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10 Second Tip: Always Anticipate

Anticipation in Animation

Anticipation is one of the Principles of Animation, but where and when should it be used? Does every action need an anticipation? Does it really make a difference?


Hero = Protagonist = Main Character?

Discussing heros vs. protagonists vs. main characters

Is there a difference between the hero, the main character, and the protagonist? Does a sidekick sharing 90% of screen time with the hero count as one of the main characters? There is a lot of confusion about these terms. Let’s see if we can sort this out…


Animation Thumbnails Aren’t Optional

Animation Thumbnails are Extremely Important

Animation takes time. A lot of time. More time than many sane people might dedicate to the production of a few seconds of something moving across a screen. Why, then, do so many young animators gamble when it comes to producing great animation?


Happy Christmastime!

Merry Christmas from Animator Island

We’re off for the holiday season, as usual, and will return on January 11th, 2016 with all-new updates and animation goodness! Ferdinand and I both wish you the merriest of holiday seasons and tremendous joy as 2015 draws to a close. Thanks for your support this past year, and here’s to a great new one as the calendar rolls over!


Are you burning bridges behind you?

Social Tips for Animators
Don’t we all try to be as nice and polite as possible? Yet when it comes to working professionally, most everybody makes mistakes in the mine-field of social interaction. Here are some of the traps you might be walking into right now that could keep people from collaborating with you ever again.


Animation Looping Tips

Hi, readers! My name is Eran, I’m an illustrator, animator and animation director. Recently I’ve been creating more and more animated loops. Looping is fun! And it’s a great method for economizing the animation process. It’s very well suited to short projects, and some of my favorite pieces are based solely on loops.

In this post I’ll share some looping tips with you. I’ll go over my work process, and the pointers I use while designing characters and animating them. -CONTINUE READING-

Animation Lessons from doing NaNoWriMo

Animation tips from NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. I had the opportunity to participate this year, and complete the goal of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. What common themes can we learn from the challenge to apply to our animation work? Read on to find out!


Directing Animation – Interview with Kyle Balda

How does the career path of an animation director looks like? What is the director’s perspective on a production and the story? How to stay inspired? (Co-Director of “The Lorax” and “Minions”) answers these questions and more..

7 Tips For Drawing Realistic Humans


There are mistakes we repeat again and again while drawing characters with realistic proportions. Here are 7 pointers that will help you to stay on track – without actually knowing complicated anatomy facts.


Principles of Animation Physics: Part 4

Principles of Animation Physics - Gravity and Balance

You’re probably familiar with the twelve Principles of Animation from The Illusion of Life by Johnston and Thomas. In this series of articles on Animator Island I’ve been telling you about the six Principles of Animation Physics: