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Top 5 Animation Clichés You Should Avoid

When you are doing a lot of character animation it's often challenging to keep your work fresh, your choices unique. There's a tradition in...

Q&A with Lion King Animator Natalia Falowska

Studying Animation Animation Mentor: Tell us about your animation journey; why did you decide to pursue animation and how did you get to where you...

Animation Career Advice with Shawn Kelly & Carlos Baena

What should I put on my animation demo reel? What can animators do to improve their skills after Animation Mentor? How do I build...

Meet Quinn: Animation Mentor’s Newest Rig

Animation Mentor: Where did the idea for Quinn come from? Bobby Beck, CEO: It’s really exciting actually. We polled the entire AM community to...

Blink for a Reason: Acting Advice from ILM Lead Animator Shawn Kelly

Many animation students have been taught that humans blink to keep their eyes moist, and that you should have your characters blink at least...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Surprise with DreamWorks Animator Chadd Ferron

Surprise! It’s what we feel when something suddenly falls outside of our expectations in a given situation. It’s a fleeting emotion, so much...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Disgust with Jay Davis

 The face of disgust is commonly drawn-up into one big pucker. The lips curling into a snarling frown, the nostrils flaring, the cheeks pushing...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Anger with Pixar’s Anthony Wong

“Urrghh!! You make me so mad! I am going to break your neck!” Did I get your attention? When you read that line, did you...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Fear with Keith Sintay

When we think about fear it is important to realize that there are several types of fear. There is the “fight or flight” type...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Happiness with Kevin Koch

How to animate happiness? Well, is your character happy as a clam? Is your character on cloud nine? Over the moon? On top of...