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New Workshop: 2D Animation for Beginners

We are beyond excited to introduce a brand new workshop this fall taught by Jay Jackson! Jay’s workshop, 2D Animation for Beginners, will teach traditional animation with modern tools and is perfect for all of you animation nerds out there! Read on to learn more about Jay and our awesome workshop.

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 traditional animation. It’s inspiring to see a rough drawing transform into a living, breathing character. The hands-on feeling of crafting motion, emotion, and believability from just a few drawings is a powerful experience.

In 2D Animation for Beginners, we’ll explore the roots of traditional animation using modern digital tools used within the studio environment today. We’ll begin with the principles of animation to ensure students have a solid foundation, and then move on to more physical explorations of movement and emotion.

Through in-class examples and homework assignments, we’ll present 2D workflows and techniques that are useful to every animator. Whether you’re interested in studying classic animation techniques, telling your own story, or enhancing your 3D character animation skills, we got you.

Meet Your Mentor

Jay Jackson is an incredible character animator, mastering traditional 2D workflows used by the pros, 3D character animation, and modern 2D digital animation techniques. He’s worked on 2D animated classics such as The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Hercules, and The Black Cauldron, as well as a host of other films. He even trained under the legendary Eric Larson, one of Walt Disney’s “Nine Old Men.” Jay has been teaching with Animation Mentor for over 12 years, bringing lessons from the greats to the next generation of animators.

Jay Jackson’s Traditional 2D Animation Reel

Who would LOVE this workshop?

  • Artists looking to bring their own characters to life
  • Anyone with a desire to study traditional animation and master 2D principles and workflows
  • 3D character animators looking to strengthen their posing, timing, and framing, using traditional concepts with a modern approach
  • Experienced traditional animators looking to translate their skills to a digital medium
  • Both beginner and intermediate students with a basic level of drawing ability

Mentor Jay Jackson

Learn Traditional 2D Animation!

Learn 2D Animation for Beginners from industry veteran Jay Jackson, whose credits include The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Hercules, and The Black Cauldron. If you loved animated films growing up and dreamed of working on one some day, this is your moment.

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