Out of Practice? Start Here

Right to the point: If you haven’t practiced animation in a while, you will be worse at it now than when you last animated something. How can you fix this? Read on. First, we need to remember this is normal. It can be painful to return to something we were once good...

How to Become an Animator – Webinar Replay

How do you become an animator? Should you go to animation school? How can you teach yourself and improve your skills? What animation software should you use? Live webinar from December...

Animation & Demoreel Feedback Event

We had a blast discussing your fantastic animations and demoreels at the first Animation Feedback Event. Two hours full of critiquing, tips and tricks... If you missed it, there will be another one. In the mean time, watch the...

Story and Animation of “In A Heartbeat”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxC_LxgiF7Y&feature=youtu.be 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...

Why You Should Try Art Commissions

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! Let’s start with a common response to the suggestion of doing...

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...

Character Design Practice: Shapes

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! To...

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...