Shawn Kelly


Shawn Kelly is currently an animation lead/supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic and a Co-Founder at Animation Mentor. He is a 20+ year animation veteran and worked on notable films such as the Star Wars and Transformers franchises in addition to many of the perennial ILM blockbuster films. Get mentored by Shawn Kelly




How to Get Great Expressions and Animate Faces

Animating faces is complicated. Here’s a tip from our own Shawn Kelly to help you tackle facial animation like the pros! TIP: The Face...

How to Use Reference Materials to Create Believable and Unique Animation Performances

Animation Mentor Co-Founder and Creatures Workshop Mentor, Shawn Kelly writes about animation and what he’s learned in his animation career. Shawn currently serves as...

The 6 Most Common Mistakes With Creature Animation Demo Reels

Shawn Kelly was a lead animator for the character, Lockdown, the main villain in Transformers: Age of Extinction Hello aspiring creature animators! We recently...

Off to the Great White North!

We've been talking for ages about the possibility of putting on a two-day seminar in Vancouver, and it's finally going to happen! I saw...

I LOVE animation and teaching

It's been way too long since I had the time to chime in here, but I'm really excited about something and can't help myself! So,...