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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.

Tom Bancroft’s Advice for Young Animators

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...

Are You Using Reference Correctly?

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...

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