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5 Great Animation Sites Every Animator Should Know About

5 Sites every animator should know

The are no shortage of websites for an aspiring (or experienced) animator to become lost in. Unfortunately more does not equal better. Since you should be spending as much time as possible actually doing animation, you want to get right to the good stuff online and avoid any places that eat up your time and give nothing back!

#1 Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

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Strange name, amazing blog. Mark Kennedy has worked as head of story at Disney Feature Animation, and he shares incredible insights that you’d be foolish to pass up. Though the blog is updated rather randomly, every post is a treasure trove of information, often breaking apart real-world films and art to give you insight into why something works so well (or doesn’t work at all).

#2 The 11 Second Club

The 11 Second Club

It continues to surprise me how many people don’t know about the 11 Second Club! Every month a new 11 second long audio file is posted. Your mission: Animate it! You can take it in any direction you like as long as you don’t alter the audio. It’s a chance to stretch your animation muscles and get some practice in, so give it a shot! And don’t worry about where you rank at the end of the month, the important thing is trying your best.

#3 Animation Insider

Animation Insider

Featuring constant interviews from a range of different animators, there is always something new at Animation Insider. You can also send in an email if YOU happen to be an animator offering to be interviewed! Essentially a library of knowledge from animators past and present, and a lot of great art as well.

#4 Animation Forum

Animation Forum

One of the best animation forums dedicated to animation. There are a few out there, and while things like Facebook have in some ways diminished the world of message boards, it’s still nice to build a community and talk with other animators. One fun challenge on the AF boards is the Character Design Weekly contest, where you design a character based on a simple prompt. Win and you get to choose the prompt for the next one!

#5 Deja View

Deja View

The home of Andreas Deja on the web. If you don’t know who Andreas Deja is, you need to go find out. Right now. Andreas offers a TON of unique art from animation masters (he’s got quite a personal collection from the great Milt Kahl) and his keen eye for appeal makes him a modern day master that reaches out to the animation community and shares his wisdom.

#6 Animator Island of course!

Animator Island

Alright, so we said FIVE sites, and yes this is just a shameless plug, but we do our best to be a useful resource for you every week! So you’ll forgive us for tacking ourselves on to the tail end of this list. :)

What do you think of the websites above? Any you use frequently? Any you had never heard of but after looking into them have changed your entire animation life? Let us know in the comments below. Also if there’s a site we missed that you think should be in the Hall of Fame, post a link! Maybe it will end up in a future article sharing the best places for animators on the web!

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29 comments

  1. jeff y. t. says:

    i will try to visit all these. cheers.

  2. Fredrick N. says:

    There is certainly a lot to find out about animation sites online.

  3. Sabina K says:

    These are great! :)
    I also check Onanimation.com, they post new trailers/student shorts!

  4. mona says:

    Those are some great ones! When a friend showed me Seven Gold Camels I was hooked for life!

  5. Jack says:

    I used to go to Cartoon Brew which was a great animation site but then the one guy left and the other guy is super negative and mean most of the time so I stopped. Is there anyone who knows of any sites like that one is but with friendlier people running it?

    • CGI Calvin says:

      Yeah that place sucks anymore. He just talks about his book and how Disney sucks. I just have a search for Animation News instead.

    • ZZDas says:

      They(Cartoon Brew) lost me on the christmas card [http://www.cartoonbrew.com/shorts/merry-christmas-from-cyriak-75345.html]. I still have them on my feed reader but it’s rare to actually read any post…
      The guy you’re talking, Jerry Beck, have another blog [http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/]

      Nice list Riki, beyond the ones on the comments, i would ad the above link and:
      Living Lines Library [http://livlily.blogspot.com/]
      Speaking of Animation [http://www.speakingofanimation.com/]
      Spungella [http://spungella.blogspot.com/]
      Spline Doctors [http://splinedoctors.com/]
      SplineBomb [http://www.splinebomb.com/]
      The Animation Anomaly [http://animationanomaly.com/]
      The Ghibli Blog [http://ghiblicon.blogspot.com/]
      Thinking Animation Blog [http://thinkinganimationbook.blogspot.com/]
      And something from a fella AnimationForum member(Lavalle Lee):
      Traditional Animation [http://www.traditionalanimation.com/]
      And there’s some more personal blogs from animators…but that’s another list ;)

  6. panda says:

    Well there’s AWN which is kind of like that…

  7. Grant says:

    I drop a comment whenever I like a article on a site or if I have something to
    add to the conversation. This is the former, I really liked this article! I didn’t know about three of those and added bookmarks to my list of daily visiting places. Thnx.

  8. Katlyn says:

    Hi, just wanted to mention, there is an animation forum at AWN too which someone mentioned. http://forums.awn.com/ So you can also go there which is where I go.

  9. PAX man says:

    Wow strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say great list.

  10. CGI Calvin says:

    good list I agree.

  11. Yamatani says:

    Might I also suggest http://www.catsuka.com
    It’s an animation news website, there’s hundreds of amazing videos and links.
    While it’s primarily in french, the videos are from across the globe, and there is some english translation. :)
    But you don’t always need to read the text, the videos are what’s important!

  12. Lee W says:

    Good list. One site I recommend is YouAnimator. Critique other’s animations and receive crits on yours! I haven’t signed up but it looks real cool. http://www.youanimator.com/

  13. The Monitor says:

    I love Andreas Deja’s blog! I can’t wait to see his film he is working on.

  14. Virgo Eric says:

    Voice of America! Animation is American made.

  15. Uggsofactso says:

    Cartoon Brew took a nosedive when they added daily featured artist. Like who cares just stick to ANIMATION. Geez.

  16. jeffO says:

    Great list I agree! I would also say that Tumblr is great for animation looking. So much to see from a million people. You can get lost.

  17. jack w. says:

    I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for good sites for animation.

  18. greg-a-tron says:

    Great list thanks

  19. wavycakes says:

    That animation forum you linked to is kind of dead if you ask me

  20. maxi says:

    Great list and blog! I added all the blogs to my list of daily visiting places. Many thanks! :-)

  21. Nicole says:

    I really enjoy this blog for getting updates of the wonderful world of animation – http://www.canadiananimationblog.com
    I am also about to check out everything you have on your list :)

  22. jordan for president says:

    Yup, those are some good ones!

  23. Walt Newton says:

    Great list, you should do another round because there are so many amazing sites online for animators!

  24. Prince Pop says:

    Nice list, thanks!

  25. JUST BEAUTIFUL, KEEP IT UP

  26. Blond says:

    I would alos add living lines library. An important collection of pencil tests are stored here…

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