Category Archives: skill sets for animation

Animation Workshops for Fall 2015

Learning In The Flesh: Why Disney Sends Its Animators To Life Drawing Classes

From Fast To Create: By Susan Karlin For 82 years, Disney’s in-studio life drawing classes have helped evolve its animated characters. But as increasing reliance on computers lures young animators away from classical drawing, three of Disney’s current master teachers are reminding them why figure drawing is still crucial. Since 1932, Disney has been the […]

Aaron Blaise’s Hippo Pose/Model Sheet

From Aaron Blaise’s Facebook Page: Here is a new pose sheet of my Hippo character I put together using some of the drawings from the animation I’m currently working on. This is something we would do at Disney. As more and more shots would get animated we would build our library of reference poses for […]

Interview with traditional animator Aya Suzuki

Aya Suzuki is a traditional animator who has worked in Europe and Japan for some of the world’s biggest animation directors, including Hayao Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Hosada, and Sylvain Chomet. In this podcast on the Peg Bar and Grill she talks about her career in the U.K. and also how the animation industry works […]

Smears, Multiples and Animation Gimmicks

Looking for animation smear references? Click here or the Animation Smears link under the Industry resources and information on the right -> Below are a few examples from

The continuing foundational importance of DRAWING to Animation

“I want to do 3D /CGI animation, so do I really need to know how to DRAW ?” It’s hard to believe that in 2013 I still get this question from some aspiring animation students (and surprisingly from some CURRENT animation students … who should know better by now)  . The short answer is YES […]