Spotted on Campus: Students Animate with Pencil & Paper in 2D Class

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This week we popped into the 2D Animation class to see what they were up to on the first day of class. Using classic animation tools – pencils and specially designed animation desks – students were experimenting with ‘flipping’ and learning the animation principal of timing.

“We teach them how to flip their drawings to see movement. It’s the mechanics of how you animate,” says Animation Course Director Dan Riebold. “As an animator, it’s important to develop an eye to see that change and see the movement between frames.”

As part of their assignment, the students were tasked with animating an image of a penny and later creating an animation that showed ‘morphing’ between two shapes. Riebold says his class provides a good grounding before students move on to 3D animation.

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