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The Story of Animation Mentor: How 3 Studio Animators Changed the Animation Industry

Shot by Silvia Panicali 15 years ago, 3 studio animators set out to create the online learning platform of the future. Most other online schools still haven’t caught up. In 2005, best friends and professional animators Bobby Beck, Shawn Kelly and Carlos Baena saw a talent problem in the animation industry. While working on some of the most memorable...

New 2D Animation Workshop: Walk Cycles & Character Movement

We love creating new workshops to help our students grow their skill sets, and this second 2D animation workshop taught by Jay Jackson is no exception! Jay’s newest workshop, 2D Animation: Walk Cycles and Character Movement, will build on the skills from 2D Animation for Beginners and will teach students to create full body character movement and performances!...

Animation Mentor Student Showcase 2020

Animation Mentor is incredibly proud to announce the 2020 Student Showcase! We look forward to the student showcase every year, but 2020’s student animators really outdid themselves! This year’s showcase features 17 animators from 8 different countries, telling wildly creative and engaging stories. The 2020 showcase is a stunning example of artists...

3D Shot Breakdown: Cartoony Animation with Torben Soettrup

Cartoony shot by Torben Soettrup Today we’re speaking to Cartoony Animation student Torben Soettrup! Torben has worked on feature films, TV shows, and commercials, and he’s currently at SYBO Games. His shot for Cartoony Animation for 3D Animators was so cool that we had to find out how he did it. Luckily, he broke it down for us below. The Animation...

Dos and Don’ts For Developing Your Character Animation Reel

The field of animation is becoming more popular with each passing year. As the demand for unique and entertaining content grows, the demand for skilled animators is also on the rise. But there’s a catch: this sector is also remarkably competitive! That’s especially true for 3D animation, which is just one good reason to enroll in a 3D character animation...

Learning the Basics of Animation: How Our Courses Can Help You Become Industry-Ready

Learn character animation online at Animation Mentor! Animation is one of the most popular and engaging ways to tell a story. From video games to full-length films, we are captivated by this unique form of artistic expression. It’s no wonder, then, that many aspiring creatives are eager to be part of the animation industry. By 2020, the U.S. animation...

Alumni Spotlight: Jellyfish Animator Cinthia Mussi

As part of our 15th birthday celebrations, we reached out to the Animation Mentor community and asked them to share their school memories and advice. One of the wonderful animators we spoke with was graduate Cinthia Mussi! Cinthia fell in love with animation when she first saw Tangled and realised how magical this artform can be. She’s now working...

Why Maya 3D Animation Courses Are Essential For Beginners

The animation sector is on a growth trajectory and 3D animation has become one of the most competitive areas within this industry. With the demand for 3D movies, television, and games on the rise, it makes sense that would-be animators want to differentiate themselves from the competition and build up their skills as much as possible. While there are...

The Ultimate Guide to Animation for Beginners

Your Online Guide for Learning How to Animate A step-by-step guide for a career in animation, or just for fun! Dramatic shot by António Vieira Considering a Career in the Animation Industry? This guide will show you what professional animators do and share how to get started on your own animation career. It will outline the skills and education...

Q&A with Alum and Blue Sky Animator Dave Vasquez

Dave and his daughter Kaia find Scrat from Ice Age in Central Park We had so much fun talking to alum Dave Vasquez, who’s currently working hard on Blue Sky’s upcoming film Nimona! Check out his sage advice and recent animation inspiration below. Student Experience at Animation Mentor Animation Mentor: What’s your most memorable experience from...

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