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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Squash and Stretch

Squash and Stretch in Animation

Today we’ll be taking a look at a fantastic gif that reddit user ‘GallowBoob’ shared recently. A huge tiger leaps up to catch an enormous chunk of raw meat in its jaws before bounding away. By watching this action in slow motion we can get a detailed look at how squash and stretch play an essential part in real world motion, and how we can apply that to our animation work.

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10 Second Tip: Understand Non-Animators

How do you deal with non-animators?

One of the most frustrating aspects of being an animator is dealing with certain comments from those not in the industry. Today we offer a short checklist to keep in mind when trying to maintain your sanity as you speak with fellow (non-artist) human beings.

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Let’s Burn Out!


Sometimes, let’s face it, you just feel too darn productive. You want, nay, NEED to feel the comforting grip of overwhelming despair, and desire to do nothing but stare at the wall (and simultaneously desperately NOT want to just stare at the wall). Unfortunately all you feel right now is excited anticipation to get things accomplished.

You need to burn out, and fast.

But how?

Here are five simple ways to get off the road to success and find a warm pit of misery to jam yourself down into.

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5 Tips to Organize Your Freelance Animation Business

Freelance Animation Business Tips
Starting your own business can be tough. As a freelance animator, you need to juggle between being an artist, an accountant, a marketer, and a decent human being all at the same time! It can be hard to find time when everything around us is calling for our attention.

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Giveaway! Dragons 2 vs. The Lego Movie

How to Train Your Dragon 2 vs. The Lego Movie

Come one, come all, and join this animation duel! We’re giving away a copy of either How to Train Your Dragon 2 or The Lego Movie, and YOU will decide which. Leave a comment for a chance to win!

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Four Lessons in Storytelling from Disney’s Latest Animated Films

Four story lessons from Disney's latest Animated Feature Films
Animated films often live or die based on their story and characters, so these aspects of film-making should be extremely important to all animators. As an author, storytelling is extremely important to me, and learning to study it is vital. Today we’ll dissect four lessons we can take away from a few of Disney’s latest animated features. The movies may not be perfect, but there are concrete reasons they’ve been successful and you can put those things in your own work as well!

Let’s learn a thing or two from Disney, shall we?

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A Lip-sync Must-Know for Limited Style Animation

Lip Sync Tip for Animation
Here’s a quick tip for any lip sync you’re doing in any limited-style animation. By extending your “open” mouth symbol/drawing a touch past when the audio ends, your character will feel more solid and the audio seems much more like it’s actually coming from the character’s lips.

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Believable animation & finding your career path – Interview with Samy Fecih – UPDATE: Now also as mp3

In this interview lead animator Samy Fecih opens a treasure chest of valuable animation tipps and tricks. We talk about good and bad acting, working with reference, the challenges of realistic vs. cartoony styles and more… It’s an hour packed with animation know-how wrapped up with some advice for your demoreel and career path.

UPDATE: You don’t need no picture with your interviews? Click here for an audio only version to listen to. There are some tiny moments though where Samy shows stuff to the camera, but everything should still be understandable.

Animation Q&A with Josh Taback and Jim Schumann

The Animator Island Podcast Animation Q&A with Josh Taback

Josh Taback returns for another Animator Island Q&A! This time he’s brought Dreamworks’ Producer Jim Schumann along and the two have an audio podcast version of the Q&A for your listening pleasure.

*Download it now by right-clicking here!*

Some of the highlights include which programs are the very best for digital drawing, how to deal with moving holds, and the every popular topic of jobs in the animation industry! Check it out, and if you have questions for the next Q&A send them along or leave them in the comment section right here!

Animation Targets – Know your speed to make your goals

Animation targets indicate how many seconds of animation you have to get done per week. Find out why it`s vital to know how fast you can animate. Learn five simple factors to estimate and adjust the animation targets of your projects to make sure that you will reach your goals. Watch the video or read the transcript…

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