A friend pointed me in the direction of this site the other day and WOW! There are more animation tools out there than I realized. I guess as more and more people enter our industry there will be more tools made for the various programs that we use. TradigiTools has made scripts for Maya that will make life that much easier and our workflow that much faster. It is equipped with various tools like, a Read More
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Keith Lango has put up a page on YouTube where he has uploaded some great short video tips & tricks. Check them out and enjoy! Thanks Keith! Read More
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Workflow Tips

Hey Everyone I wanted to share a quick link some workflow tips. One of my co-workers Dave Vasquez post a bit ago with a tip about IK Arms and how to speed up some of your blocking. Now he talks about switching IK and FK Arms. Most if not all rigs in the industry have this switch and i believe that most free rigs are equipped with it to so just look into it. If Read More
  Categories : Animation Tips, Animation Workflow, Dave Vasquez, FK Arms, Ik Arms  Posted by JP  1 Comment
Hey This is getting past around work so I thought I would share it with the rest of you animators. What great reference this is. You cannot get more real than this. Oh, The Temptation from Steve V on Vimeo. Enjoy Read More
  Categories : Animation Reference, Emotion, Oh The Temptation, Video Reference, Vimeo  Posted by JP  No Comments


Quick Reminder

Just wanted to throw a quick reminder out there to let everyone know that doesn’t already. The resources on this site are constantly being updated as I encounter more and more of them out there. I am always trying to find new content in the form of good animators, resources and shorts to upload. So each time you come back there could be something that you haven’t seen before under one of the tabs. Any Read More
  Categories : Animation Resources, Animator, Reminder  Posted by JP  2 Comments
This site has been on Animators Resource since the beginning…but a friend recently called my attention back to it. There are a few tools on this site that can be super helpful to animators so I thought I should highlight them. As animators we always have issues with parenting objects. Well Paolo Dominici’s site offers some solutions. He has developed a ZV Parent Master. It allows you to parent and unparent at will. Parent multiple Read More
  Categories : Animation Tools, GUI Picker, Highend 3D, Mel Scripts, Paolo Dominici, Parent  Posted by JP  No Comments
Just wanted to let everybody know that there is another FREE Animation Mentor Webinar coming up. It’s a webinar of two animators in the industry working at Dreamworks and ILM about getting a great job after graduating hosted by Mentor Kenny Roy Founder of Arconyx Animation Studios. Should be a good one. Register now.Enjoy Read More
  Categories : Animation Mentor, Dreamworks, Free Webinar, ILM, Living the Dream  Posted by JP  No Comments
I don’t think That I’ve posted on this yet…but Animation Mentor puts out FREE EBooks every now and again. This one is on “How to become an Animator.” It also follows with some bonus material Industry Report. They have put together a few in the past as well and are all available for download at animationmentor.com. Or you could just click here and go to their Resources Page, it has lots of good stuff for Read More
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I wanted to write a quick note to let everybody know that there is a new round of Jason Ryan Webinars starting this month. I have participated in all of them for the last year and let me just say that it has been an amazing experience. It only cost 100 bucks and is probably one of the greatest investments that you will get throughout your animation career. The last year has been invaluable in Read More
  Categories : Animation Tutorial, Jason Ryan, Jason Ryan Animation, Ramups, Webinar  Posted by JP  No Comments
Just wanted to throw in another resource for ya. This book Simplified Drawing for Animation by Wayne Gilbert is another great resource for learning and really constructing poses for your animation. He breaks them down in really easy to follow ways that make sense and it seems to be an invaluable resource to add to your collection. Here are a few inserts from his book that you can find on the site. You may remember Read More
  Categories : Anamie, Animation, Animation Mentor, Posing, Posing for Animation, Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation, Wayne Gilbert, Webinar  Posted by JP  No Comments
Today I’d like to talk a bit about posing. I recently was given a great lecture on posing. I know for me, when it came to my learning process in animation, not enough emphasis was placed on posing. I mean, really drawing and figuring out your poses before even getting into the computer. Also really pushing your poses. I always get feedback saying push those poses further. I always seem to contain my posing. It Read More
  Categories : Bobby Pontillas, Deviant Art, Foghorn. Line of Action, Glen Keane, John K Stuff, Jungle Book, Keith Lango, Michael Sporn, Milt Kahl, Pose Design, Pose Tutorial, Staging, Victor Navone  Posted by JP  6 Comments
Hey everybody. The time has come for another free Animation Mentor FREE Webinar. This one features a brilliant animation producer in Don Hahn. The webinar is a little different in which Bobby “Boom” Beck and Don will discuss the life, work and teachings of Disney legend Walt Stanchfield. Bobby Beck the CEO of Animation Mentor is a former Pixar animator and I have joined his webinars in the past in which he brings tons of Read More
  Categories : Animation, Animation Mentor, Bobby Beck, Don Hahn, Free Webinar, Pixar, Walt Stanchfield  Posted by JP  No Comments
So I always go back to look at different tutorials on many of the sites and blogs that I follow. Even if I believe that I have a good understanding of certain principles it is always good to go back and revisit them. Just like Keith Lango did on his workflow of breakdowns. Much to his credit, Keith revisited an earlier tutorial that he wrote titled Pose to Pose- Organized Keyframe tutorial. As animators, we Read More
  Categories : Breakdowns, Keith Lango, Keith Lango Tutorial, Overlapping Action, Pose to Pose, Workflow  Posted by JP  No Comments



I just found this rig on Josh Burton’s site. Well he just posted it :). I played with it for a bit and it seems like lots of fun and should be great to animate. He has done tests on his site with him so you can see “Squirrely” in action. He also has all of the info you need on him. Here ya go! I’m sure he would love feedback too. Enjoy. Read More
  Categories : Free Rig, Josh Burton, Sqirrely Rig  Posted by JP  2 Comments
So in this post I thought that I should speak up about a couple of great that are out there to help us animators along in the process. Hey anything that can make our life even a tad bit easier is always appreciated. So the first is the Tween Machine by Justin Barret and the shelf icons were created by Keith Lango. This is a great tool to help us along inbetweening our animation. It Read More
  Categories : Autotangent, Comet Cartoons, Highend 3D, Justin Barret, Keith Lango, Mel Scripts, Tween Machine  Posted by JP  2 Comments
I wanted to highlight a site that has been around for some time and has a really good example and insight into his work flow. It is a breakdown from blocking to final of a shot of Pussy from Shrek. It’s on Justin Barrett’s site and he does a great job of breaking his work flow down into his passes and puts them into quicktime so you can frame by frame it. SWEET! Also check Read More
  Categories : Animation Stages, Animation Workflow, Blocking, Justin Barrett, Puss in Boots, Shrek, Stuff, Workflow  Posted by JP  No Comments
Every now and again Animation Mentor offers a free webinar by animation professionals in various subjects. I’ve attended all of them and they each have been great in their own way. They are always worth the time and if you can’t get in on the live one you ca always check out their replay list here. This one features two professional animators, Wayne Gilbert and Keith Sintay speaking on Planning and Workflow…which happen to be Read More
  Categories : Animation Mentor, Animation Workflow, Free Webinar, Keith Sintay, Planning, Wayne Gilbert  Posted by JP  No Comments
I ran into this post on Victor Navone’s site. I wanted to point this out because you see takes in almost any film out there. I think it is a very important part of acting and there are soooo many different kinds of takes. (Fast, slow, big, small, etc…) But check this out he does a great job of breaking down his process of a take that he did of Dash from the Incredibles. While Read More
  Categories : Animated Take, Dash, Facial Take, Incredibles, Tutorials, Victor Navone  Posted by JP  No Comments


More Rigs

Speaking of new rigs out there…This is a rig that just was released this month. I played around with him a bit and he seems very “animator” friendly. Not to mention that he has many looks which is great. It is the first version so I’m sure there will be updates to follow. You can get him on HighEnd 3D. Enjoy! Read More
  Categories : Blake Rig, Free Rig, Highend 3D  Posted by JP  No Comments


New List

I was looking at some short films the other day online and wondered why I don’t have a short film list here. So now there is one. If anyone has one that is not on the list feel free to leave a comment with the name or link and I will gladly add it on. I ran into this one the other day and thought I would pass it on. YANKEE GAL Enjoy Read More
  Categories : Animated Shorts, Yankee Gal  Posted by JP  3 Comments
It’s been about a year since I stumbled onto this site. I first began with some of his tutorials and then was introduced to his webinars. I began watching the way that he animates first in 2D in Flipbook and then brings that into Maya. For me it put alot of the animation principles into perspective in ways that I had not been looking at them before. These tutorials seem to help me realize the Read More
  Categories : Animation Tutorial, Animation Workflow, Flipbook, Free Webinar, Jason Ryan, Jason Ryan Animation  Posted by JP  No Comments


Valuable Critiques

Sometimes it is hard to come by a person who will take the time to give solid feedback on work for various reasons: busy, not around and well busy. Well I’m not sure if enough people actually visit the critiques on the 11sec Club. At the the end of each month when the winner is declared there is a critique given by an industry animator. I think these are a great source of learning first Read More
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Hey everyone I stumbled on this post from Carlos Baena’s site. It was from one of the shots that he did on The Incredibles. The one where he saves the “jumper” and crashes through the building leading to the supers getting sued. He shows the process of his planning for the shot from thumbnails to video ref. It is a great read and really inspirational. Check it out: Tips and Tricks > Planning Case Study: Read More
  Categories : Carlos Baena, Incredibles, Pixar, Planning, Tips and Tricks  Posted by JP  No Comments


Blog Direction

Just wanted to inform everybody of the direction the blog. 1st is uploading all found content. 2nd is giving the blog a bit of a face lift. Once these are done there will continue to be new content as it is found.Postings will try to be as regular as possible and trying to retain to current animation content. Also, feel free to leave comments with different links that maybe you found and you do not Read More
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1st Post!

The Animators Resource is a one stop blog, dedicated to putting together everything that we in the animation industry search, bookmark and research on the internet all of the time. You can now stop by here and hopefully visit some sites that you haven’t seen before. Bookmark this page and let it guide you to all of the top animation sites. Read More
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