4 Best Online Courses to Start Learning Animation

Have you always wanted to learn animation but just didn’t know where to begin? The world of animation can be a bit complicated and overwhelming at first, especially if you don’t have anyone to teach you the basics. Luckily, there is a variety of great online courses, taught by amazing teachers, where you can start your learning and become a professional animator. To make things even easier for you, we have listed the 4 best online courses you have to try out. 

1. Complete Animation Course by Aaron Blaise

Aaron Blaise is an animator who has worked on many popular Disney movies including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Mulan, so it is safe to say that you are getting one of the best animators for your teacher. This course is made up of 13 lessons which he thoroughly describes the 12 Principles of Animation, which are basically golden rules for any Disney animator. If you are also interested in Blaise’s personal style and thoughts on animation, there is also a bonus class with just that. Moreover, you will get many additional videos, PDF files, and other materials to get you started with your own animation.  

2. Introduction to Classic Animation with Ryan Slater

Ryan Slater’s course is aimed at complete beginners. It is a short, 76-minute class, so you won’t have to worry about dedicating days to this course. Slater, who has worked at Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, is great at explaining the techniques and all of the building blocks of animation so that you get a thorough introduction into this field. Of course, you can’t expect to become a professional animator after just one short class, but this is a great place to start. When you have a strong foundation, it is easier to keep learning and improving. If you want to check out the course you can find it on Ryan Slater’s website for $29.95 a month. 

3. 12 Principles of Animation with Justin Harrison

Justin Harrison is also an amazing tutor, great at explaining the basics of 3D animation. He is a game developer so you will also be able to see his approach to animation. Harrison focuses on the 12 Principles of Animation but in a much shorter (and cheaper) course than Aaron Blaise. By following his class you will also become familiar with Maya, animation software that might be very useful to you in the future if you continue with 3D animation. You will need to set aside two hours and 15 minutes for this course, and about £19.99, which is a great deal. 

4. Character animation: Fundamentals with Chris Kirshbaum

Chris Kirshbaum is a character animator at Dreamworks and he has worked on many of our favorite films including Flushed Away and Shark Tale. Therefore, you can be sure that you are getting a real professional in the field of character animations. Just like Justin Harrison, he also works in Maya and spends a lot of time explaining the interface and all the tricks you need to know when getting started. However, if you want to take his class you will have to pay $49 a month, which gives you full access to all the courses on the site. Although it sounds expensive at first, when you take a look at all the courses available on the site, it turns out to be a great deal after all. 

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