chapter 1

The Principles and Process of Animation

Before you can tackle animation in any serious way, you need to understand the process and principles involved. The actual “process” of animation (i.e., the way the animator actually approaches the creation of scene) is hardly ever mentioned in literature on the subject, but it is extremely important, especially if character animation is your goal.

This chapter remedies this lack of information by explaining both the process and the principles of animation right from the get-go. Reading this part of my notebook will give you a foundation of method and information at your fingertips before you attempt the actual nitty-gritty of character animation in any serious way.

But first, let’s briefly review ...

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