Why You Should Teach Your Kids Animation (Even If You Have Zero Animation Experience)

Learning new skills isn’t something children should only do at school. There’s a lot of fun interesting topics that aren’t taught at traditional (and even more modern) schools, and it’s often the parent’s job to expose their kids to new things. Homeschooling parents are knows to take control on their child’s education in a more hand-on way, but it’s not …

Which of Our Courses Is Right for You?

As our courses library continues to expand I’ve been getting a lot of emails from people asking me which course they should get, based on their own needs. In this post I’ll address some common situations and try to answer which course is right for you. I will also write a little about each of our courses to help you …

Animator’s Block

Writers get a bad rap for being the only creative professionals to have their own unique illness. I’m referring to the “writer’s block”. Let me clarify something real quick: There’s no such thing as writer’s block. Writing is just like any other art form. The more you practice doing it, the better you get at it. The less you do it, the harder …

2 Free Lessons from Our Animation Foundations Course

If you are interested in learning the basics of animation, but not sure if our Animation Foundations course is for you, check out these 2 free lessons from the course. Squash and Stretch In this lessons we cover one of the most basic principles from The 12 Principles of Animation, learning the concept of squashing and stretching, including different examples of how …

5 Reasons You Won’t Be an Animator

This is a guest contribution by Rusty Gray. It’s 2015 and You Won’t be an Animator Another year is coming to a close. You’ve spent your life fascinated by movies (Jurassic Park, Toy Story, Lion King). You’ve captivated yourself for hours drawing on paper or designing on the computer. You’ve probably even scared away dates with your excessive toy collection. You …

The 5 Types of Animation – A Beginner’s Guide

The purpose of this guide is to take you through the intricacies of the different types of animation styles and techniques. It also shows you what path you should take, and what does that path entails, in order to become an animator based on the type you choose. This guide is not about leaning how to animate, but instead it …

How to Animate (Making an Animated Movie)

We’re finally here. The animation part. For me, this is both the funnest and hardest part of making an animated movie. The reason it is fun is because, well, I love animating. If you’re here then there must be a part of you that loves animation as well. But it’s not all fun and games. Animating is emotionally draining That …

The 6 Steps of Animation

We’ve talked about how to make an animated movie and the difference between 2D and 3D animation, and now it’s time to get into the animating process. In this video I go over the 6 basic steps of animation, including: Shooting reference video Key posing Blocking Splining Smoothing Adding life Watch the video or keep reading. Step 1: Shooting Reference …