Meet Darius: The Newest Animation Mentor Character

Please join us in welcoming Darius, the newest member of our character family! Darius is a highly expressive rig, allowing our students to create...

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...

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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 2018

We’re so proud to release our 2018 student showcase! Every year it gets harder and harder to narrow it down to just a few...

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2017

It’s that time again! Time for the 2017 Animation Mentor Student Showcase! Can you tell we’re pumped? This year’s Student Showcase features 16 students...

Squash and Stretch: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time! Let’s start at the beginning with Squash and Stretch. Learn what...

Staging: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time. Next up, we set the stage...literally! Learn what staging is, why...

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...

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...

Slow In and Slow Out: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time, and we’re only halfway done! Today we’re taking it slooooooooooow. Slow...

Secondary Action: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time. Next up is Secondary Action. Good secondary action energizes your shots...

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...

Do You Need Natural Talent To Be A Good Animator?

We asked former student, current mentor, and Blue Sky Studios animator Dan Segarra, “Do you need natural born talent to be a good animator?”...

The 6 Basic Emotions: Animating Fear with Keith Sintay

When we think about fear it is important to realize that there are several types of fear. There is the “fight or flight” type...

Slow In and Slow Out: The 12 Basic Principles of Animation

We’re covering the 12 Basic Principles of Animation one principle at a time, and we’re only halfway done! Today we’re taking it slooooooooooow. Slow...

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...

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...

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,...

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...