Animating the illusion of life

Illusion of life, purple, animation

The 12 principals of animation are a set of guidelines created by Disney animators Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas doing the 1930s.

This video does a great job of explaining all 12.

  • Squash and Stretch
  • Anticipation
  • Staging
  • Straight Ahead vs Pose to Pose
  • Follow Through and Overlap
  • Slow In and Slow Out aka easing
  • Arcs
  • Secondary Action
  • Timing
  • Exaggeration
  • Solid Forms
  • Appeal

These are a great starting point for UI and motion designers as well as Illustrators an animators.

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