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51 Great Animation Exercises to Master


51 Great Animation Exercises To Master

Quickest way to improvement? Practice. It’s a simple bit of advice that rings with absolute truth. Articles, tips, mentors, and study will never get you as far as rolling up your sleeves and getting down to work, be it animation or any other skill. Today we’ve compiled a list of exercises, like animation push-ups, that will get your art skills buff and toned.


Maybe you still need convinced of how important the “Art of Doing” is? Look no further than the early days of animation, especially at the Disney studio. Here were a group of animators (before being an animator was even a thing) who HAD no books to read, or websites to visit, or even experienced animators to ask. They learned via the age old art of hands-on training, experimenting and discovering as they went. And some would argue they created some of the greatest animation to ever be seen. Masterpieces like the dwarfs dancing in Snow White or the terror of the Monstro scene in Pinocchio. So be like them! Get out there and do animation!


51 Great Animation Exercises To Master

Some of these exercises you may have done or seen before; some maybe not. Consider doing each of them, even if you did once previously, because returning to an old exercise to see how much you’ve progressed is a very valuable experience.


Level 1 Exercises


(Do not discount their simplicity! Here you have the principals of animation, which all other animation is built on. They are worth your time and effort.)


1. Ball Bouncing in place, no decay (loop)

2. Ball Bouncing across the screen

3. Brick falling from a shelf onto the ground

4. Simple character head turn

5. Character head turn with anticipation

6. Character blinking

7. Character thinking [tougher than it sounds!]

8. Flour Sack waving (loop)

9. Flour Sack jumping

10. Flour Sack falling (loop or hitting the ground)

11. Flour Sack kicking a ball

1. 小球弹跳,无衰减(循环)

2. 小球跨越屏幕弹跳

3. 砖块从架子上掉落在地

4. 简单的角色头部转动

5. 带有准备动作的角色头部转动

6. 角色眨眼

7. 角色思考 [可别小看,比你想象得要难的多哦!]

8. 面粉袋摆动(循环)

9. 面粉袋跳跃

10. 面粉袋下落(循环或触地)

11. 面粉袋踢球

Level 2 Exercises


12. Change in Character emotion (happy to sad, sad to angry, etc.)

13. Character jumping over a gap

14. Standing up (from a chair)

15. Walk Cycle [oldie but goodie!]

16. Character on a pogo stick (loop)

17. Laughing

18. Sneezing

19. Reaching for an object on a shelf overhead

20. Quick motion smear/blur

21. Taking a deep breath [also tougher than it sounds!]

22. A tree falling

23. Character being hit by something simple (ball, brick, book)

24. Run Cycle

12. 角色情绪变化(从开心到伤心,伤心到生气,等等)

13. 角色跳过一个缺口

14. 站起(从椅子上)

15. 行走循环 [虽老套但很实用!]

16. 角色在弹簧单高跷上(循环)

17. 大笑

18. 打喷嚏

19. 伸手拿高处架子上的物体

20. 快速运动拖尾/模糊

21. 深呼吸 [这也比你想象得要难的多哦!]

22. 树倒下

23. 角色被一个简单物体击中(球、砖、书)

24. 跑步循环

Level 3 Exercises


25. Closeupofopenhandclosingintofist

26. Closeupofhandpickingupasmallobject

27. Characterliftingaheavyobject(withpurpose!)

28. Overlappingaction(puffyhair,floppyears,tail)

29. Characterpainting

30. Hammeringanail

31. Stirringasouppotandtastingfromaspoon

32. Characterblowingupaballoon

33. Characterjuggling(loop)

34. Scaredcharacterpeeringaroundacorner

35. Startingtosaysomethingbutunsureofhow

36. Zippingupajacket

37. Lickingandsealinganenvelope

38. Standingup(fromtheground)

39. Pressinganelevatorbuttonandwaitingforit

25. 手合上并握拳的特写

26. 用手捡起一个小物体的特写

27. 角色举起重物(有意为之!)

28. 重叠动作(飞散的头发、甩动的耳朵、尾巴)

29. 角色作画

30. 敲打一个钉子

31. 搅拌汤锅并从勺子中尝一口

32. 角色吹气球

33. 角色杂耍(循环)

34. 吓坏了的角色从墙角窥视

35. 想要开口说话但很踟蹰

36. 拉上夹克上的拉链

37. 舔舐信封的密封口并把它封住

38. 站起(从地上)

39. 按下电梯按钮并等待

Level 4 Exercises


40. Character eating a cupcake

41. Object falling into a body of water

42. Two characters playing tug-of-war

43. Character dealing a deck of cards out

44. The full process of brushing one’s teeth

45. A single piece of paper dropping through the air

46. Run across screen with change in direction

47. Sleeping character startled by alarm then returning to sleepy state

48. Opening a cupboard and removing something inside

49. Putting on a pair of pants

50. Opening the “world’s best gift” and reacting

51. Any of the above exercises using a very heavy character/object next to a very light character/object. Enhance the differences the weight change makes!

40. 角色吃纸杯蛋糕

41. 物体掉落水中

42. 两个角色进行拔河

43. 角色发一副牌

44. 刷牙的全过程

45. 一张纸从空中落下

46. 跨过屏幕跑动并在中途变向

47. 熟睡的角色被闹铃惊醒,并再次入眠

48. 打开橱柜并把物体推开

49. 穿裤子

50. 打开“世上最棒的礼物”,并做出反应

51. 用一个非常胖的角色/物体配合以一个非常轻的角色/物体来做上述练习,并加强这一体重变化所带来的动画上的变化!

Things to keep in mind:


● Reading these exercises will do as much for you as reading about push-ups would do for your physical muscles: NOTHING. If you want the benefit, you must animate them. Take a deep breath and just do it.

● Do not forget the famous words of Ollie Johnston: “You’re not supposed to animate drawings [3D models]. You’re supposed to animate feelings.” If a character isn’t thinking, they aren’t alive, and the animation has failed.

Keep it simple! There is no reason to over complicate any of these exercises. Going back to push-ups, would push-ups be harder if while doing them you also recited the Gettysburg Address? Yes. Would they be any more beneficial? No. Keep things nice and simple and clear.

Do your best. There is no reason to do these exercises poorly. Give it your all. You don’t have to show anyone, these are for you. You owe it to yourself to try your very best. Something not quite right? Take the time to fix it.

As always, have fun. Push ups are not fun. Animation is supposed to be. Be joyful in your work!

● 读一遍上述练习对你的技能提升而言,就如同读一遍“仰卧起坐”对你减肥大业一样——毫无帮助!如果想要有所斩获,你就必须提笔练习。深呼吸,然后就去做吧。

● 不要忘了Ollie Johnston(译注:迪斯尼“九大元老”之一)的至理名言:“动画不是用一张张图(或3D模型)凑出来的,而是感觉出来的。”如果角色没有进行思考,他们就不会鲜活生动,动画作品也就失败了。




Have any questions about the exercises above? Leave a comment below and we’ll answer them the best we can! Someone else may be wondering the exact same thing, so you’ll help them too. Likewise if someone is looking for possible exercises, why not share a link to these and give them a hand?


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