Q&A with the Founder of Animation Nights New York

Animation Mentor: Can you share the story of Animation Nights New York? Yvonne Grzenkowicz: I founded Animation Nights New York (ANNY) on September 9th, 2015....

Animation Students Share Workflow Tips and Career Advice

Alum and Content Creator Sir Wade Neistadt spoke with 10 Animation Mentor students and alumni who animated shots in our Student Showcase. Lucky for...

INTERVIEWS

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2020

Animation Mentor is incredibly proud to announce the 2020 Student Showcase! We look forward to the student showcase every year, but 2020’s student animators...

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2021

The 2021 Animation Mentor Student Showcase is here! We’re so excited to share the 2021 Animation Mentor Student Showcase with the world! The 2021 Student Showcase...

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2019

It is with great pride and excitement that we release our 2019 student showcase! This year we have 19 shots from students representing 13 different...

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...

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...

Appeal: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

The difference between appealing animation and unappealing animation is not limited to subject matter, what matters is how you present the ideas, concepts, and...

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...

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...

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...

Animation Tutorial with Lead Reel FX Animator

We were so lucky to host Lead Reel FX Animator and mentor Jason Martinsen for a live animation demo with our Stewart Rig. It...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Dos and Don’ts For Developing Your Character Animation Reel

The field of animation is becoming more popular with each passing year. As the demand for unique and entertaining content grows, the demand 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...