The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Sadness with Tim Ingersoll

Out of all the animated films I worked on, The Little Mermaid was one of my favorites. Especially the scene of Ariel, breaking down...

Q&A with OpenPixel Studios Co-Founder Kathryn Taccone

Animation Mentor: Tell us about your animation journey; why did you decide to pursue animation? Kathryn Taccone: I grew up in a family of creatives,...

INTERVIEWS

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2018

We’re so proud to release our 2018 student showcase! Every year it gets harder and harder to narrow it down to just a few...

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2017

It’s that time again! Time for the 2017 Animation Mentor Student Showcase! Can you tell we’re pumped? This year’s Student Showcase features 16 students...

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2016

It’s been 11 years since Animation Mentor opened its doors to the public as the first online animation school. Seriously, think about that. That’s...

Squash and Stretch: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time! Let’s start at the beginning with Squash and Stretch. Learn what...

Staging: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time. Next up, we set the stage...literally! Learn what staging is, why...

Follow-through and Overlapping Action: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time! The fifth principle is a mouthful: Follow-through and Overlapping Action. Find...

Arc: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time. Time sure flies, because we're already on principle 7, which is...

Solid Drawing: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

Think you don’t need drawing skills as a 3D animator? Think again! Jay Jackson—who trained under legendary Disney animator Eric Larson —explains how solid...

Timing: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

You guys...timing is everything, especially when it comes to animation! Conceptually it seems simple, but getting right is a big challenge—and, if you ask...

5 Key Steps for Effective Blocking

What are some effective blocking methods? This is a question that students ask a lot! According to Shawn Kelly—Animation Mentor co-founder and Lead...

Pro Animation Tip: Don’t Forget About the Shoulders!

When you think of showing emotion in animation, what's the first thing that pops into your head. The face? The eyes? Those are definitely...

How to Animate Quadruped Walk Cycles with a Jurassic World Animator

We have an awesome "how-to" tutorial from our veteran mentor and Hybride Lead Animator, Steve Cady! From preparation, blocking, to clean-up, learn Steve's...

3 Reasons Why Every Animator Should Master the Bouncing Ball with Ray Chase

Bouncing ball demo in Maya 2016 with ghosting tool turned on The famous bouncing ball exercise. So you’ve heard of this animation exercise, and may...

5 Things NOT to Do on Your Demo Reel

Image from Francisco Ucke's 2018 Student Showcase Shot!   At Animation Mentor, we know demo reels are the most important asset you have when looking for...

6 Tips from Recruiters Who Look at YOUR Animation Demo Reel

Hello Animation Job Seekers! Recently, we had the the pleasure of hosting recruiters from one of the largest, most important animation studios in...

Q&A with OpenPixel Studios Co-Founder Kathryn Taccone

Animation Mentor: Tell us about your animation journey; why did you decide to pursue animation? Kathryn Taccone: I grew up in a family of creatives,...

Is Your Demo Reel Ready for a Major Studio?

In our recent webinar, Animation Mentor Co-founder and Industrial Light & Magic Lead Animator Shawn Kelly took a little break from working on Avengers...