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The 12 Principles of Animation

In this course, professional animators Michael Cedeno, Kathleen Quaife-Hodge, and Marshall Lee Toomey will introduce you to the 12 principles of animation. You will explore timing, slo-in slo-out, squash and stretch, arc, anticipation, pose to pose, straight ahead, and many more. Kathleen will show you how to set up a downshooter to transfer your pencil sketches to an actual film. Michael will demonstrate how to employ the principles in animated scenes to achieve good flow and continuity. You will practice developing appealing characters and exaggerating your design to evoke emotions. Lastly, Marshall will walk you through a quick overview of clean-up animation. After this course, you will become familiar with the 12 principles of animation; from there, begin to utilize them in your creation.

11 Lessons 18h 56m 29s of videos

In week six, Kathleen will introduce you to the ninth and tenth principles of animation; staging and exaggeration. You will learn how staging involves properties like environmental design, character performance, silhouette clarity, etc. Kathleen will share with you famous animators who pushed exaggeration to emphasize emotions. In addition, Michael will lecture on the leading edge.

In week seven, you will study the importance of applying attitude to your animation. Michael will explain how to use facial expressions and body gestures to push the attitudes of the poses. You will learn how to utilize the line of action to effectively capture a characters’ flow. Then, Kathleen will teach you the last two principles of animation; solid drawing and appeal.

Common Questions

Is this course beginner friendly?

Yes! This is a great introduction to animation for the beginner level.

Are there any assignments in this course?

This course includes downloadable assignment PDFs, that help you practice the materials taught by the instructors Michael Cedeno, Kathleen Quaife-Hodge, and Marshall Lee Toomey. Keeping up with these assignments will maximize your learning outcomes.

What materials do I need to get for this course?

A material PDF list is linked in each lesson under the description. Please check the file to see what you need to prepare.

Can I do this course digitally, using Photoshop or Procreate?

We highly recommend using traditional tools for this course. However, most New Masters Academy courses are designed to be done traditionally or digitally. Software changes constantly, but the fundamentals stay the same. It will be up to you to translate the information that you are learning to your software of choice.