12 Principles of Animation

Okay, so, in the process of learning animation, at some point or other even if you are self-taught you will keep hearing about the 12 principles of animation and you can only ignore them for so long. So, what are they, and do I really need to know them? I suppose the answer is that you should at least be aware of them. And, to make life easy, AlanBeckerTutorials on YouTube has made 12 short videos, each no longer than 3 minutes) explaining these 12 principles. So, as much for me as anyone else, I have listed his 12 short videos below. Once mastered, or for an overview, the 13th video is all the 12 principles rolled into one. Well done to AlanBeckerTutorials.

1. Squash and Stretch

2. Anticipation

3. Staging

4. Straight Ahead & Pose to Pose

5. Follow Through & Overlapping Action

6. Slow In & Slow Out

7. Arcs

8. Secondary Action

9. Timing

10. Exaggeration

11. Solid Drawing

12. Appeal


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12 Principles of Animation
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