BY DEFINITION, anticipation is the preparation for a particular action or movement. It can also be used in animation to attract the viewer’s attention to a specific event that is about to occur. An example of this would be an archer pulling an arrow back along its bow or a baseball player raising his arm to throw a ball. Anticipation can also be used to build suspense in a scene. It tells the viewer something is about to happen, and the longer the anticipation is, the more suspenseful it can be.

Anticipation is critical to making believable animation. Without anticipation, your animation may appear too abrupt and unnatural. It is ...

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