Gestures make animated characters more interesting and believable. Veteran Pixar animator Andrew Gordon shows how to use reference material and simple animation principles to create more expressive gestures.
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Get a new 2D animation tip every Tuesday. Learn the tricks professional animators use to save time and create more compelling characters.
Learn tips on how to optimize using ZBrush. Ryan Kittleson explains how to use 3D form modes, hot keys, custom layouts, grids, stamp brushes, and more.
Get started in storyboard animation. Learn storyboarding techniques for illustrating action, angles, shot composition, character, and drama.
Learn modeling, texturing, and rendering techniques to produce compelling 3D content for virtual reality games and simulations with Maya, Unity, and Unreal.
Learn how to replicate man-made machined parts in Blender and build up a complex object with proper scale and proportions—a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle.
Learn how to use 3ds Max to make kits of scalable, modular assets and textures for your 3D games.
Learn how to draw and animate a simple gesture in Toon Boom Harmony. Animator and cartoonist Dermot O'Connor shows you how to draw lines, create extremes and in-betweens, use a virtual light table, make timing charts, test poses, color the animation, and more.
Be inspired by watching a short documentary. Quixotic, a Kansas City–based design team, explain the technical challenges and design choices behind their Union Station projection mapping project.
Learn how to texture an existing 3D model of a petrol pump using Substance Painter, and create and apply materials like metal, rubber, plastic, and glass.
Learn the secrets of developing great characters and telling stories for animation. Animators Andrew Gordon and Nate Stanton recreate the story process for us.
Learn everything you need to know to use 3ds Max 2017 to create professional 3D models, animations, and motion graphics. This essential training course covers spline and polygonal modeling, as well as texturing, lighting, and rendering.
Learn how to incorporate the powerful MASH procedural animation tools—included with the Maya 2016 Extension 2—into your Maya workflow and build more dynamic motion graphics.
Learn 2D animation techniques to express personality, body type, and attitude in a walk cycle, and turn walks into full-on runs.
In this interview, Paramount Animation recruiter Alison Mann explains what she looks for when hiring artists and animators. Learn what makes a portfolio stand out to employers and how to use social media to promote your work.
Learn how to create a walk cycle for 2D animation. This tutorial is appropriate for all levels of animators, using any software.
Bob Nicoll, artist, professional educator, and leader of training programs at Electronic Arts and Blizzard, talks about talent, job seeking, and ongoing education in the film and gaming industries.
In this SIGGRAPH interview, Rémi Arnaud, chief software architect at Starbreeze, talks about the history and future of virtual reality and provides career advice for job seekers who want to break into gaming and real-time graphics.
Learn how to use cutting-edge tools in ZBrush to create realistic clothing for your digital characters.
Darin McGowan, a storyboard artist for shows such as The Wild Thornberrys, The Loud House, and Futurama, offers insights into the storyboard artist's life.
Get insights from a real character designer. In this interview, Sharon Ross explains how she went from art student to illustrator to character designer for Family Guy.
Rob Garrott interviews storyboard artists, animators, VFX artists, and other film-industry pros in this series of creative conversations.
Learn how to sketch, animate, and render a character in Blender, and create a fully rendered animation with dialog and complex facial movements.
In this interview, Lindsey Pollard, animation director for shows such as The Simpsons and Sanjay and Craig, talks about her career and offers advice for aspiring animators.
An interview with Chris Landreth, a pioneering animator and director of the Oscar-winning animated short Ryan.
Learn MARI, the powerful texture painting software used for 3D painting, photo editing, and more.
An interview with Carol Wyatt, background painter, color stylist, and color supervisor for animated shows such as Rick and Morty and HBO's Animals.
Watch Rayce Bird, a special effects makeup artist, reveal the process behind his "monstrous" latex masks and walk through a demo for fans at Comic-Con.
Get started with X-Particles, the CINEMA 4D plugin that allows artists to create finely rendered fluid simulations, dynamics, and collisions quickly and easily.
3D animator and maker Kim Lee discusses how he combines digital and physical production methods for maximum flexibility and creativity.
Migrate your animation workflow from Flash to Toon Boom Harmony. Learn about Flash tools and their Toon Boom equivalents and how to complete common drawing and animation tasks in Toon Boom Harmony.
An interview with production designer Alex McDowell about his work on films such as Minority Report, his World Building Institute at USC, and his thoughts on the future of media and narrative.
Concept artist and teacher Anthony Jones tells us what he's been working on, where he's finding inspiration, and how he sees the big trends in 3D and virtual reality developing over the next few years.
An in-depth interview with Sebastien Deguy, founder of Allegorithmic, the company behind creative 3D texturing tools such as Substance Designer and Substance Painter.
Learn the basics of Maya LT 2016, a 3D modeling and animation tool built especially for game makers.
Find out how teacher Mike Hathorn is helping students transform from tech consumers to tech creators with a curriculum based on 3D modeling and printing.
CG artist and environmental designer David Lesperance explains how he creates the rich, lifelike backdrops for popular games like World of Warcraft, Halo, Diablo, and StarCraft.
Learn how to create replacements parts for household appliances, furniture, and more with Tinkercad and a desktop 3D printer.
Scott Pagano, head of LA design studio Neither-Field, walks us through the motion-based, viral music videos he designed for the electronic music trio the M Machine.
Learn how character artist Dan Roarty creates his hyperrealistic 3D portraits with tools like Maya, Mudbox, Knald, and Photoshop.
The founders of Tiny Inventions explain how their (tiny) two-person animation studio evolved and share the process behind their film Between Times.
Learn the basics of what 3D printing is and how you can use it to create amazing objects, from prototypes to working tools.
Bradley G Munkowitz, aka GMUNK, explains how he makes his op-art-inspired geometric prints by using 3D tools in entirely new ways.
Chris Korn, character designer at FUSE Animation, explains how he brings his creatures to life with CINEMA 4D and Zbrush.
Watch Michelle Kaufman remodel a home in San Francisco to meet a growing family's needs while earning the US Green Building Council's rigorous LEED Platinum certification.
Learn how to set up and master your Wacom tablet in ways that streamline your work, expand your creative options, and lighten the load on your wrists.
The leaders of One & Co, an industrial design firm that creates products from touch phones to sporting goods and furniture, share their insights and expertise in previsualizing successful design concepts.
Mexopolis has blended Mexican popular culture with digital animation to create characters and stories that dazzle the eye and strike universal truths in the heart.
Come along for a peek behind the magician's curtain at one of Hollywood's top visual effects houses, New Deal Studios.
Learn how Renegade Animation has pioneered digital 2D paperless animation with a unique all-Flash workflow—and a bunch of really great cartoons!
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