Animation is more than just moving pictures at a stiff pace, or redrawing a shape across a page to mimic movement. Several fundamental guidelines have helped animators add life and character to their work since the golden age of hand drawn animation. These will add nuance and character to your animations, be it a short film, advertisement or game animation. Follow the module to go through each of the 12 principles and create an elevated animation at the end.

Module Preparation

Onboard to Grease Pencil:

If you haven't tried Grease Pencil yet in Blender, this will get you up to speed. Even if you've used it before, we recommend watching this video to get a strong idea of the interface, capabilities, tools and navigation.

Learn about the 12 Principles:

This is the main video for the module and is a must watch. It will give you a brilliant guide to the principles and their application, and you can use it as a reference for the tasks ahead.

Extra reading:

This book is the animator's bible and is great to get an inside look at the fundamentals for 2D animation. Read it at your own pace and remember that it is not for circulation and we a providing it to you as a learning tool for internal purposes only.


Task 1


Create a ball bounce animation for each of these instances. We've provided clips of each ball bounce for reference, But feel free to make your own. This exercise helps you understand timing and spacing, which is a crucial principle in animation, and the video below explains the concept in detail.

Task 2