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  • Splining Made Easy with Animator Drew Adams
    By: Animation Mentor

    Dec
    2014
    16

    Animators around the world have debated the use of splining in 3D animation. Some swear by splines; some would be quite content to never lay eyes on a graph editor again. DreamWorks animator and mentor Drew Adams recently hosted a special seminar for students on “Splining Made Easy.” His secret - it all starts with solid blocking and timing. Read on for more of Drew’s tips on splining.

    - The Animation Mentor Crew


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  • How to Animate Your Character When He’s Holding a Prop
    By: Shawn Kelly

    Dec
    2014
    10

    Image Credit: Mavinga / Deviant Art


    Animation Mentor cofounder and Industrial Light & Magic Lead Animator, Shawn Kelly, shares his insights on how to animate props more efficiently to create more organic and realistic motion.


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  • How to Get Great Expressions and Animate Faces
    By: Shawn Kelly

    Dec
    2014
    09

    Animating faces is complicated. Here’s a tip from our own Shawn Kelly to help you tackle facial animation like the pros!

    TIP: The Face Is One Cohesive Unit

    Most facial rigs break the face into somewhere between 15 and a gajillion different face shapes. So, once you've finished all of your planning, and you've got the most emotionally communicative reference you can get your hands on, it's time to sit down and actually start animating all of those face controls.


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  • Step by Step Animation Body Mechanics Demo with Jason Martinsen
    By: Jason Martinsen

    Dec
    2014
    04

    Today Animation Mentor is thrilled to welcome animator, mentor and guest blogger Jason Martinsen to the Animation Mentor blog. Jason recently demoed his animation workflow process to students in his Advanced Body Mechanics class. Read on to find out how to animate a two second clip, from reference to final pass, in just over two hours.

    - The Animation Mentor Crew


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