12 Principles of Animation

Every animation project must follow the 12 principles of animation in order for the action taking place to look believable to the viewer.  Below I have listed the 12 principles of animation and how they correlate to my current project.

  1. Squash and Stretch
  2. Anticipation- this will be evident with the camera movement within my short.
  3. Staging- My environment shows the viewer a believable scene which adds to the realism of particle effects.
  4. Straight ahead and Pose to pose
  5. Follow through and Overlapping- The particle effects will use this principle when the effects are falling from the sky.
  6. Slow in and Slow out
  7. Arcs
  8. Secondary Action- This will mainly consist of the grass and trees blowing in the wind while the particles effects are the main action taking place in the scene.
  9. Timing- All of my particle effects must use timing effectively in order to make the viewer feel as if the weather effects are true to reality.
  10. Exaggeration
  11. Solid Drawing
  12. Appeal- I want my environment and particle effects to look realistic while holding the viewers attention by the overall look of the objects.

A great article to look at for the 12 principles of animation is https://www.wired.com/2014/05/12-principles-of-animation/ .  The video has a great walkthrough with examples of each principle.


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Joanna Nawn

Welcome to my blog! My name is Joanna Nawn and I have a deep passion for art and animation. This blog was started in order to share my journey through art with the hopes of becoming an animator someday! Animation is a major part of my life and I am always looking for ways to improve. I keep up to date with viewing animated shorts and films in order to understand the standards I should uphold in my own work. Please feel free to contact me and/or follow me on social media!

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