BEGINNER Exercise – “Hand Poses”


Another POSES exercise, this time we’ll concentrate on just a part of the human body: the HANDS! 2D animators often say that hands are particularly hard to draw, but what I can say that even in 3D they could be hard to pose! So is important to practice a bit with this delicate part and I suggest to watch some reference from picutures or use a mirror to create the pose yourself!

BEGINNER Exercise – “Different Blinks”


This exercise is based on a scheduled Lesson tgat is not ready yet!

The goal of it is to learn how to animate the main used blinks : REGULAR – FAST- HALF – SLOW AND OFFSETTED!

Learn how to manage blink is fundamental ’cause is something you’ll have to do regularly, in any animation and …a wrong blink can compromise your work!

BEGINNER Exercise – “Expressions”


Now let’s focus on face and expressions! Learn how flexible a human face can be and most of all…learn how to EXPRESS feelings and moods using each part of the face…

Reference: Lesson #11 “Exaggeration” and any pictures of real actors that is particularly appealing, or watch yourself on a mirror….study your face!


BEGINNER Exercise – “Action Poses”


Just as the previous exercise, “Acting Poses”, this one is pretty much the same but with ACTION poses, this means that you will have to create dynamic, strong and readable poses getting inspiration from movies actors, sports or just your imagination!

Watch the Lesson #11 “Exaggeration” for learn how to push your poses!


BEGINNER Exercise – “Acting Poses”


Sometimes is important to “put aside” the motion and focus just on still poses! This exercise is focus on learning the art to create GOOD and APPEALING poses that is the base of any animation!

Connected to the Lesson #11 “Exaggeration” I suggest you to look for some image of real actors from movies, people around you or watch yourself to get inspiration!

BEGINNER Exercise – “Acting with a Ball”


Here another “famous” exercise : the ACTING with a BALL! It’s one of my favourite and I really believe it’s not just for beginners but is also something we should do, every now and then, even when we are experienced enough ’cause is always a good fresh up to our approach when we animate!

Connected to the Lesson #5 “Timing and Spacing” and my video TIPS #2 “Rhythm of your Shot”

BEGINNER Exercise – “Acting with a prop”


In the Lesson 10 we’ve seen how to use Secondary Actions to add more depth to you scene and to give more informations about your characters feelings!

And in the Tutorial 11 I showed you how to use the Maya Constraint to be able to interact with props, so now you should be able to do this exercise to practice with Secondary Actions! 😉

BEGINNER Exercise – “Animate a Tail”


In the Lesson 09 I explained the principles of Follow-Through and Overlapping Action and in the Tutorial 09 I showed you how to animate a ball with a tail! So now you should be able to do this simple and basic exercise to practice with this concepts! 😉

BEGINNER Exercise – “Animate a Throw”


In the Lesson 08 I explained the Animation Principle “ANTICIPATION” so now, following the corresponding Tutorial 08 you could try to re-do this exercise of a character throwing an object! 😉

BEGINNER Exercise – “Head Take”


If you watched the Lesson 07 you should have enough knowledge of the principle of Squash & Stretch to create this simple basic exercise. You can follow the Tutorial 06 where I show how to animate two variations of head takes!

BEGINNER Exercise – “Animate a Character Turn”


This exercise is connected to the Lesson 05 where I explainED the principles of TIMING and SPACING and the Tutorial 05  where I showed how to animate two different turns with different timing: a Fast Turn and a Slow Turn! 😉

This exercise is perfect for BEGINNERS, you can learn how to manage Timing and Spacing on your character shot and also start to became familiar with character rig, facial expression and a bit of acting!

BEGINNER Exercise – “Bouncing Ball”


This exercise is connected to the Lesson 05 where I explainED the principle of TIMING and SPACING and the Tutorial 04  where I showed how to create a Bouncing Ball Animation! 😉

This exercise is perfect for BEGINNERS, is very used in the animation world (is one of the first exercise you will find in any book, course or animation school)  because is perfect to learn the bases of Timing and Spacing!