Drawing for Animation: Form and Motion

Open—Fall

This course focuses on the fundamentals of drawing as it pertains to two-dimensional, hand-drawn animation. Students will gain knowledge in drawing skills, including understanding of value, motion, light logic through observation, and developing form and structure utilizing perspective drawing concepts. The course will introduce students to the traditional animation techniques of creating movement through successive drawings. Techniques include walking cycles, metamorphosis transformations, holds, squash and stretch, blur, and resistance concepts. Students develop and create pencil-test projects created with iStopMotion, Photoshop, and Final Cut Pro software. Examples illustrating drawn-animation techniques are screened regularly. This course will enhance drawing skills and help students develop stronger drawing proficiencies for animations, graphic novels, and narrative storyboards for film.