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2D Animation Essentials

A 9-week course where students will learn the fundamentals of character animation, importance of emotions, and how to make efficient 2D animations

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Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
9 weeks
Materials:
ToonBoom Harmony (Advanced or Premium), Adobe Premier (or equivalent)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and assignment.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individually recorded
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Students should have a foundations animation class prior to this class as well as a strong sense of figure drawing. ; Foundations in Modern 2D Animation
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
9 weeks
Materials:
ToonBoom Harmony (Advanced or Premium), Adobe Premier (or equivalent)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and assignment.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individually recorded
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Students should have a foundations animation class prior to this class as well as a strong sense of figure drawing. ; Foundations in Modern 2D Animation
Course Format:
Standard
Duration:
9 weeks
Materials:
ToonBoom Harmony (Advanced or Premium), Adobe Premier (or equivalent)
Lecture Type:
Pre-recorded
Assignment:
Due each week. Expect to spend 8-10 hrs/wk viewing lectures, q&a, and assignment.
Skills Level:
Intermediate
Feedback:
Individually recorded
Q&A:
Once a week
Prerequisites:
Students should have a foundations animation class prior to this class as well as a strong sense of figure drawing. ; Foundations in Modern 2D Animation
COURSE OVERVIEW
COURSE OVERVIEW
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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
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Week 1 | Introduction and animation basics

Review of the Animation Principles using simple shapes (sphere, cube) animating these forms in a easy to understand demonstration | Carry over these principles into a flour sac character and finally into a simple character design of a human | Loose drawing overview and demonstrations

Week 2 | Understanding and decomposing a movement

What motivates a character? Emotions? Dialogue? | How to take a large acting shot and reduce it to the essential body poses that will communicate the most with the least amount of drawings | Break down the behavior into Key poses

Week 3 | Animating straight head

Stretch / Smears: Tips on the various styles of drawing motion blur and smears | Animating and demonstrating a simple flour sac and also a simple human character to showcase the effectiveness and pose to pose and straight ahead animation | In addition a demonstration on non performing character like Fire, and Water make a great demonstration of straight ahead animation

Week 4 | Animation as a communication tool

Silhouettes and finding the BEST pose for a given movement | Compare a movement with two versions of choreography | Version A is one with little attention to silhouettes and Version B is of the same animation utilizing more effective silhouettes.

Week 5 | Overlaps/follow thru

Demonstrate overlap using a walking cycle | Create props like earring, hair, bags, and hats to convey the concepts of Overlap.

Week 6 | Choreography

Utilizing Video footage to act out and/or reference the timing and mechanics of a performance | The video can be a dance movement, footage from a film, or a self made footage.

Week 7 | First rough animation

Create an an animation using an original design for a with a line of dialogue | Film reference, model sheets and character design studies will be created to help in this process.

Week 8 | Tie down w/finished rough

Demonstrate how to smooth out the animation and introduce the inking and coloring process for next steps

Week 9 | Finish tie down

Continue work on final projects

2D Animation Essentials
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Instructor

Your journey starts here

Saul was born in San Antonio, Texas. For the most part, Saul is a self-taught artist who has been drawing since the age of seven. Saul's passion for the arts has lead him to pursue an interest in music as a drummer for a variety of percussion ensembles, various forms of martial arts, dance, and of course drawing. Saul continued his artistic journey in college where he rediscovered his true passion in Animation. Saul received his BA in Strategic Management at the University of North Texas and later moved to San Francisco where he completed his MFA in Animation at the Academy of Art University.

Saul currently teaches Animation at the Art Institute of San Antonio and is in production of a short animated film and a children's book.

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Animation itself is always changing especially its medium. But the fundamentals are the same, this course helped me understand what I need to improve on . It helped me feel more comfortable with toon boom Harmony . I found more joy in animating.

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