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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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...