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6 Key Things You Need to Succeed as an Animator

I love my job. I get to see students—who have a massive desire and passion to tackle their challenges internally and externally—make their dreams...

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...

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...

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...