Animating the 6 Basic Emotions: Acting Tips from Pro Animators

If there’s one thing animators have in common it’s that they’re always learning. Ask any professional animator whether they identify as a student or...

New Workshop: 2D Animation for Beginners

Rough 2D animation test of Jiminy Cricket done by Jay Jackson Traditional 2D Animation Concepts with a Modern Twist There’s something magical about the art of...

INTERVIEWS

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...

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...

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...

Anticipation: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time! Next up is antici...pation! Learn what it means, why you need...

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...

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...

Exaggeration: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re still working our way through the 12 Basic Principles of Animation. Next up...EXAGGERATION! Learn more from pro Dana Boadway-Masson about how you can...

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...

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...

Why All Animators Need to Master the Moving Hold

A "moving hold” is basically just a way to have your character hold a key pose for a long time without looking dead. Seems...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...