2D Animation: Walk Cycles Basics with Dermot O' Connor
Learn how to create a walk cycle for 2D animation. This tutorial is appropriate for all levels of animators, using any software.
57m 24s • COURSE
2D Animation: Character & Attitude Walk Cycles with Dermot O' Connor
Learn 2D animation techniques to express personality, body type, and attitude in a walk cycle, and turn walks into full-on runs.
57m 13s • COURSE
2D Animation: Animal Walk Cycles with Dermot O' Connor
Discover how to animate four-legged animals as they walk, trot, and run. Learn 2D animation techniques for making these motions look realistic or cartoony.
42m 43s • COURSE
2D Animation: Animate Flying Creatures with Dermot O' Connor
Learn how to animate the motions and anatomies of different flying creatures—from insects, to birds, to dragons.
33m 12s • COURSE
2D Animation: Animate Monsters & Aliens with Dermot O' Connor
Learn 2D animation techniques for making monsters, aliens, and other supernatural creatures come to life.
1h 13m • COURSE
Story and Character Development for Animation with Andrew Gordon
Learn the secrets of developing great characters and telling stories for animation. Animators Andrew Gordon and Nate Stanton recreate the story process for us.
15m 4s • COURSE
Animation Foundations: Gesture with Andrew Gordon
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.
1h 19m • COURSE
Animation Foundations: Storyboarding with Dermot O' Connor
Get started in storyboard animation. Learn storyboarding techniques for illustrating action, angles, shot composition, character, and drama.
1h 32m • COURSE
Alison Mann: Animation Talent Scout with Alison Mann
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.
22m 1s • COURSE
Sharon Ross: Character Designer for 2D Animation with Sharon Ross
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.
10m 56s • COURSE
Darin McGowan: The Storyboard Artist's Life with Darin McGowan
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.
26m 8s • COURSE
You'll master 2D animation with these experts
Dermot O' Connor
Dermot O' Connor has practiced hand-drawn and digital animation at Don Bluth and the Walt Disney Company.
Dermot entered the animation industry in 1988, working for Don Bluth's studio in Ireland for five years. During that time he was trained in traditional hand-drawn animation. In the mid-90s he directed CD-ROM interactive titles for Creative Capers Entertainment and Disney Interactive Studios, working on such projects as Timon and Pumbaa's Gamebreak and Topsy Turvy Games. He was introduced to Flash in 2000 and began creating animation for Disney in Los Angeles and Fatkat Animation in Canada. In 2012 he completed a half-hour animated documentary. In 2019 he created the hand-drawn animation on the Alan Parsons music video "As Lights Fall."
Andrew Gordon joined Pixar in 1997. He has been animating characters professionally for over 20 years.
At Pixar Animation Studios, he worked as an animator on A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, Monster's Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, among other feature films. The characters he has worked on include Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc., Gill from Finding Nemo, and Edna Mode, the costume designer in The Incredibles. He was supervising animator for the Academy Award–nominated short Presto, and the directing animator on Monsters University and the recent TV special "Toy Story That Time Forgot." He recently finished up directing spots for The Good Dinosaur and is currently animating on Finding Dory.
He studied animation in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and New Jersey, and prior to his work at Pixar, he worked at Warner Classics. He was awarded Outstanding Character Animation in an Animated Motion Picture by the Visual Effects Society for his work in Finding Nemo. Andrew is also the creator of many of the secret spaces at Pixar, such as the Love Lounge and the Lucky 7.
Andrew has been teaching animation since 2000, helping develop and lead the Pixar animation internship four times. He has lectured throughout the world. He is currently the director of the Hollywood animation program for the One Academy. He is one of the founders of Spline Doctors, a web blog/podcast dedicated to animation education. Andrew lives in the easy bay with his wife and two children.
Alison Mann is the manager of talent relations for Paramount Animation.
As an artist, Alison Mann always knew she wanted to work in animation. She began her career at Nickelodeon Animation Studio as a finance department intern while attending Columbia College Chicago. After graduating, she was offered the amazing opportunity to continue working with Nickelodeon/MTV as their recruiter and coordinator of talent relations. Through her 12 years in the industry, she gained experience in TV, film, and gaming while working for companies such as Walt Disney Animation Studio, Zynga, and Disney Interactive. Currently, Alison is the manager of talent relations for Paramount Animation, where she is responsible for industry outreach, artistic talent acquisition, and studio enrichment activities.
Alison is a creative, tech-loving talent scout who believes that students should pursue internships to learn about the animation industry and get their foot in the door. Although her main focus is artistic talent acquisitions as a recruiter, she is passionate about guiding students and professionals to become more presentable and better equipped for the job market.
Sharon Ross is a character designer for Family Guy. She has worked for Disney and Nickelodeon.
Sharon Ross is an artist who feels very lucky to be doing the work she loves. Coming from a small town in Kansas, she started her career at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City and ended up in Los Angeles, where she has worked for Walt Disney Company, Klasky Csupo, Nickelodeon, and Fox Television Animation. She is currently a character designer on the animated TV series Family Guy. Sharon is also an illustrator and visual development artist, and has contributed to games, books, and other products. She works digitally with a Cintiq but also uses traditional media, and sometimes a combination of the two. The rest of her time is spent pursuing personal art, hanging around Joshua Tree, traveling the West Coast, and working on one of her favorite things: children's picture books.
Darin McGowan is a storyboard artist at Nickelodeon Animation Studio.
Leaving the Midwest for Los Angeles in 1999, Darin began his animation career as a storyboard artist at Klasky Csupo (contributing to The Wild Thornberrys, As Told by Ginger, and an Emmy Award winning season of Rugrats). Since then, Darin's storyboard credits include everything from primetime shows like Futurama (Rough Draft/Comedy Central) and Bordertown (Bento Box/FOX) to kids stuff like Dinosaur Train (Henson/PBS) and Fish Hooks (Disney). Currently, Darin's in the story department for Nickelodeon's upcoming series The Loud House.
Darin's real talent, however, is in content development. His projects have been optioned and/or purchased by Disney (The Cat Box, The Bloodthirsty Pirettes of St. Mary's, and Hiding Hiccups), Warner Brothers (Gorilla Girl and Sticks and Stones), Cartoon Network (Stick and Monohan Make a Break for It), Nickelodeon (Everybody's Jealous of Tina Fowler), and The Jim Henson Company (Angry Feathers: The Mystery of EGG 6). Writing, designing, and directing his own projects have become worthwhile pursuits for Darin, though he's also been known to help out other creators with character designs and conceptual artwork.
Darin's short films employ several mediums from puppets to animation. A Perfect Likeness (from Stickey Situations, Darin's stick-figure series of shorts) won first place in the 2008 Bitfilm Festival (Mobile Division) and was even a featured short on Funny Or Die, where it racked up 7000 views in a few short weeks.
Darin enjoys a good laugh so if you know any jokes, please don't hold back. Also, watch for Darin's band, Couch Fire, as it begins its West Coast tour this fall.