The Fundamentals of 2D Character Animation (Enrolling for May)
An 8 week course teaching students how to animate a cartoon character with mentoring from founder Rob McLeay
If you love to draw characters and would like to see them move across the screen, then you will love this course!
What you will learn:
- What hardware and software that you need to create your animated characters with
- Learn about basic animation concepts such as squash and stretch; anticipation and staging
- Understand how timing and volume can add life to your character's movements
- Learn all about key frames and how they can help plan your sequence of drawings
This is a flexible training course where students can start the course in their own time and pace and will get access to The Character Design Course Group to help progress through the course.
Every week you will get access to a new lecture that shows you plenty of cool tricks on how to draw/animate/design like a pro. You will also have the opportunity to complete projects to test your current skill level.
Want to know how to master certain aspects of drawing? Post your project or challenge to the group so I can give some feedback! I'll be hanging out there most days to mentor and provide feedback on posted course content.
So if you love to draw characters then you will love this course!
Drawing + Creativity = The DRAW 8 Method
All students will get the chance to learn and use The Draw 8 Method. It's 8 steps that will make you draw quicker, copy more accurately, master proportions and supersize your creative senses, so you can achieve your cartooning goals faster!
Students will learn this method that I have been working on and using for the last 20 years that is so unique, you will never find this anywhere else! I call this The DRAW 8 Method. Every time you receive a project, video or pdf to download from my courses, I will use this method to help break down the barriers to drawing and being a rockstar artist.
I promise you will be blown away firstly by how quickly your drawing skills will improve and how your creativity skills will shoot through the roof. Once you learn the DRAW 8 Method, you can apply this process every single day to ever drawing that you do and produce results that you thought were unattainable not too long ago.
Monthly Live Stream Catch Ups
Once a month you can catch up with myself in a live stream event to discuss course content and mingle with fellow students. This is where you can ask all those super curly questions and or listen to other's ask them for you. I will be doing live demonstrations on drawing techniques that help you to become a more confident drawer!
My name is Rob McLeay but, my students call me Mr Awesome. I’m the founder of Mcleay Workshops a 20 year old NZ company that creates fun, engaging and inspirational cartooning projects for all ages
PreviewIntroduction - What You Will Learn (1:04)
StartNo tablet? No problem! Pencil and paper students read this (1:09)
StartSoftware - Animation Desk 7 Sketchbook Pro (4:50)
StartHardware - Tablet and Pen (1:55)
StartWorksheets - How to make the most of them (1:19)
StartProjects and Challenges - Why you need to submit them to the Mentoring Group
StartCharacter Design - Creating Basketball Bill using Reference (4:02)
StartSquash and Stretch - What is it and how to use it in animation (0:44)
StartSquash and Stretch Tutorial #1 (19:03)
StartSquash and Stretch Worksheet (1:53)
StartIntro to Key Frames - What is it and to use it in animation (3:05)
StartKey Frames Worksheet (15:49)
StartIntro to Inbetweening What is it and to use it in animation (2:57)
StartInbetweening Worksheet (16:32)
StartProject - Animate Basketball Bill! (20:30)