Become a better animator
Animator Island is a treasure trove of animation secrets, techniques, tips, and information on your quest to become a Master Animator. Our goal is to inspire you, dear artist, to reach new heights of movement, acting, and storytelling to propel the great medium of animation to exciting and brilliant new places.
Story and Animation of “In A Heartbeat”
A while ago the beautiful animation short film “In a Heartbeat” went viral. A great opportunity to learn for our own projects. In this video we have a closer look at the story and animation of this heartwarming film.
At Comiccon 2017 in Germany, Tom Bancroft was so kind to give us some advice on how to improve the quality of designs and animation. He recommends moving away from fanart to more original observations and grounding your work in reality to get it more "right" and...
Artists work to capture the magic of life and transpose it onto a canvass. Whether the medium is animation, digital illustration, charcoal drawings, or any number of other art styles, reference is key. But many animators are using reference incorrectly. Are you one of...
Commissions are a great way to improve your skill, build an audience, and share your talent with others. Today we’ll take a look at art commissions and why (plus how) you should consider giving them a shot!
The song “You’re Welcome” from Disney’s Moana has some really interesting animation in it. Let’s learn from the masters and see what you can do to improve your own work!
Designing characters around base shapes for contrast and appeal is a time-tested tradition among animators. Today we’ll go over that process and then leave you with a free worksheet of shapes to transform into characters, improving your art and design skills!
At Comiccon 2017 in Germany, Tom Bancroft was so kind to give us some advice on how to improve the quality of designs and animation.
Artists work to capture the magic of life and transpose it onto a canvass. Whether the medium is animation, digital illustration, charcoal drawings, or any number of other art styles, reference is key. But many animators are using reference incorrectly. Are you one of them?
Can you make it in the VFX/Animation industry? Do you need to go to school for it? Can you live from the money you make? What is it like to work in the industry? Check out this in-depth interview with VFX artist Christian Bohm and join the discussion in the comments!
A quick frame by frame look at the 15 seconds action-packed Ducktales teaser uncovering some interesting animation choices. What else can you spot? 😀
Any time you put a piece of creative work out into the world you open yourself up to feedback from others. Feedback of all kinds. Today we take a look at several different types of feedback and how best to respond to the good, the bad, and the downright mean.
Let’s take a look at Arthur Christmas and see what we can learn from this unique and clever film – from clear action sequences and tight story structure, to small acting details that took this film above and beyond our initial expectations.