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5 Best Resources for New Animators

Posted by Emmy Rey on Jun 10, 2016 12:44:04 PM

We compiled a list of our top 5 recommendations for resources best for beginner animators. There is plenty out there as far as education goes, so it's all about finding what works best for you!

1. Richard Williams Animators Survival Kit - this one is a little more in-depth, so set some time aside for when you decide to conquer this one. We found this resource to have the widest range of animation information and was the most thorough.cover of the book-the extended version of the animators survival guide

2. Character Animation Crash Course, by Eric Goldberg - Eric Goldberg is the artist that animated famous Disney characters like Genie from Aladdin, among others. This book is easier to follow for beginners and not a read that you would have to set aside a lot of time for. It's more of a "take on the go" type of book. You can purchase the paper back version on for only $24.29.

cover of book-character animation crash course

If you want a better look at the book to see just how simple of a read it is, take a look at this short YouTube clip-

3. Learning Anime Studio by Chad Troftgruben - This book is a great resource for all levels of animators! Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional this book is a great way to learn how to animate in Moho! You can purchase the paperback version on for $26.99.

cover of the book- learning anime studio

4. Disney's Illustration of Life: Disney Animation by Ollie Johnston & Frank Thomas - Though this beginner's book is quite dense, it is a great read. It's very interesting and a great way to learn the history of animation itself. It has been called "the most complete book ever written on the subject." Why not see for yourself, you can purchase the hardcover on for $34.71.

cover of the book- illustration of life: disney animation

5. 12 Principles of Animation video series, explained by Alan Becker - This series of tutorials is a great resource for animators that are visual learners. This is Alan Becker's take on the 12 principles discussed by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas in the Illustration of Life: Disney Animation book. The best part is these tutorials are FREE! 

Take a look at the first tutorial video of his series titled: "Squash & Stretch"

For more fantastic Moho "How-To" animation information, check out our blog tutorials. And don't forget, the Official Moho forum is also a great resource for animators of all levels. Join the conversation!

Check Out Our Anime Studio Video Tutorials!


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