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.
Moana – You’re Welcome
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!
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!...
Thousands of animators have discovered our post 51 Great Animation Exercises to Master. It’s time to get to practicing once again with this sequel, all about animated loops! Animated loops are extremely valuable. With minimal work you can: Create something that feels...
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.
To conclude his wonderful series on Animation Physics, professor Alejandro Garcia takes a look at one of the most known principles in physics: Action-Reaction. This article clears up some common misconceptions and helps you to add some punch to your animation (one that creates a proper reaction that is).
This is a recording of our first animation Q&A live stream from November 3rd 2016. We talk about thumbnailing, golden poses, raising the quality level and speed when animating and try to grasp the magic of appeal. Thanks again so much to all the wonderful people who joined us!