Mastering 2D Animation
What you'll learn
- "Mastering 2D Animation: 01" will cover the following topics and many more...
- A brief history of animation.
- The production process of traditional 2D animation.
- Overview of equipment required to create 2D animation, traditional and digital.
- Principles of movement including weight, charting, squash and stretch.
- How to execute a perfect, pencil-drawn ‘Bouncing Ball’.
- How to execute a colored, digital bouncing ball in an entertaining vector-based, ToonBoom Studio supported environment.
- How to animate a perfect hand-drawn ‘Generic Walk”.
- How to animate a rigged, ToonBoom Studio character, walking through a vector-based digital environment.
- Instruction on drawing techniques for animation.
- Note: The course material also includes over 3 hours of digital instruction and the screening of Tony White’s 10-minute animated film homage to the rise and fall (and hopeful rise again) of the traditional animation industry – “Endangered Species”.
- No academic prerequisites are required for this course, although a passion for drawing is always an advantage. Necessary equipment includes…
- Pencils, punched animation paper, animation pegbar, basic lightbox and image capture device/software is required. •t(Note: Online animation suppliers are a good source for most of this equipment. A cheap beginners package can be found at “Lightfoot Limited” in the USA at http://www.lightfootltd.com/content/animation-basic-principles-kit. A more durable, deluxe European-based kit can be found a “ChromaColor International” at http://www.chromacolour.co.uk/productdetail.php?param=597&parent=Traditional%202D%20Animation&child=Animation%20Kits.)
- A current copy of the “ToonBoom Studio 8.0” software is required to complete the digital aspects of this course work. (Note: A discount for ToonBoom Studio software is available for students signing up for “Animation 101”… details upon request.)
Award-winning master animator, author and teacher Tony White offers 29 outstanding online tutorials on the core principles and techniques of 2D animation. Through extensive illustrated text-based lectures and over 4 hours of over-the-shoulder, apprentice-style video tutorials, Tony offers the finest foundation material possible in here presenting "Mastering 2D Animation"!
Each of Tony's tutorials embrace a comprehensive, step-by-step, apprentice-style of instruction, using both classically hand-drawn techniques and vector digital ones. Students should note that the core principles of movement taught in this course material however can always be applied to ALL forms of animation - from '3D' to 'Stop-frame', from 'Cut-out' to 'Claymation'!
(Note: The digital elements of this course are demonstrated using ToonBoom Studio. However, ToonBoom Technologies have since replaced 'Studio' with 'Harmony Essentials'. So students are strongly advised to obtain a rudimentary knowledge of this software before studying the digital aspects in this course. That way they will be better able to translate the 'Studio' instructions with the 'Harmony Essentials' ones without too much trouble.)
Tony believes the 'apprenticeship' style of teaching is the ONLY way to really learn animation and that the instruction offered by some of the big, for-profit animation schools and colleges around the world is entirely inadequate for the modern professional world. Consequently, by literally drawing from his own early apprenticeship experiences with three of the finest master animators of all-time - Richard Williams (3 times Oscar winner), Ken Harris (Warner Brothers) & Art Babbit (Disney) - Tony has crafted here a series of unique and defining courses that are knowledgeable, accessible and perfectly suited to studies in a home-based environment.
Who this course is for:
- Suitable for students of all interests but specifically...
- Anyone seeking to make 2D animation his or her career objective.
- Current students who want to supplement their existing animation course with the most comprehensive animation training available.
- Existing professional animators who want to raise the level of their own work.
- Professional artists and illustrators who want to see their drawings move.
- Animation teachers who want to expand their knowledge of animation knowledge and teaching practices in the classroom.
- Home-based enthusiasts who want to animate as well as they did in the golden days of Hollywood animation.
Tony White is a British Academy Award-winning animation director, animator, author and instructor. At the beginning of his career, he personally studied advanced animation techniques with some of the finest masters of the art-form. Specifically: Ken Harris (original lead animator of "Bugs Bunny," "Roadrunner," etc.), Art Babbit (original lead animator on "Pinocchio," "Fantasia," etc.) and Richard Williams (3 times Oscar winner and author of "The Animator's Survival Kit"). In addition to his 30+ years in the animation industry - where he made over 200 TV commercials, 2 TV Specials, several Short Films and the titles for "The Pink Panther Strikes Again" movie - Tony also has over 12 years full-time teaching experience at the highest level in the USA. Tony is founder of the "2D ACADEMY", which seeks to preserve, teach and evolve the art-form of traditional animation in this digital age. Indeed, it is Tony's ultimate ambition to provide a rare atelier-style studio/academy experience for his students, where they can gain industry experience by apprenticing with master professionals on original animated film projects. Tony's best-selling books include: "The Animator's Workbook"; "Animation from Pencils to Pixels ~ Classical Techniques for Digital Animators"; "How To Make Animated Films", "Jumping Through Hoops: The Animation Job Coach", "Animator's Notebook" and his latest, "The Animator's Sketchclub". Tony recently established the "My Animator's Sketchclub" animation network, where members can share, learn, teach, produce and celebrate animation on a worldwide basis. Pretty much a "Facebook for Animators" Tony's "Sketchie" community is a first for animators of all kinds!