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...

INTERVIEWS

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Carlos Baena’s Journey: Simplicity in Animation

Diverse characters, simple shapes Have you ever gotten lost in the complexities of your animation? Do you tend to over-complicate your work? In this piece,...

4 Tips for Working from Home – How to Stay Positive

Heads up! We’ve got more working from home tips for you from our online community, and this week we’re focusing on the positive. Specifically,...

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...

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...

5 Things NOT to Do on Your Demo Reel

Image from Francisco Ucke's 2018 Student Showcase Shot!   At Animation Mentor, we know demo reels are the most important asset you have when looking for...

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,...

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...