4 Elements of Great Animation (HINT: Surprisingly, it’s not what you think…)

Have you ever wondered why some animations are amazing and get people to talk about them, while others are just forgotten? I am not talking about the “quality” of the animation – instead, I am talking about the animation as a WHOLE. Here is an example of a show that has really BAD quality...

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Can my animations be SO GOOD people start caring about them?

Hi there, Mark Diaz here for 2DAnimation101.com I have seen many animations by students and beginners who are starting in animation. From those, I have noticed basically 2 types of student Animators. HOBBYISTS – Students who are animating only for the fun of it. Having a good time is the...

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The Skill-Checklist: How close or far are you to becoming pro?

I an earlier post I talked about “The horrible things I say to myself when I don’t like what I draw”And as promised, I will anonymously share some of the replies I got from you and other students, and then I will give you one weapon you can use to shut your inner bully down.First of all, let me...

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The horrible things I say to myself when I don’t like what I draw

Have you ever pictured a scene in your mind, you can really see it. It’s really cool.Then, when you put it on paper, it’s nothing like what you imagined?Tell me, what do you say to yourself? I must confess, what I say in my mind is not very good, it’s like an INNER BULLY inside me telling all...

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Knowledge is not power

Hi! Mark here, Have you ever heard the phrase: “Knowledge is power”? You probably have. Well, I am here to tell you that that is not true. It’s a lie. Knowledge is actually only potential power, not real power. Picture any super hero with special abilities. If they saw crime, and didn’t...

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Years of Experience doesn’t mean Years of Improvement

Hi, Mark here! I want to talk about a live talk I gave recently in my city, for the opening of the 14 Anniversary of Autumn Leave Films a couple of years ago. I feel this is important because many people mistake experience for improvement. Some people believe they are very good at something...

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Fun or Growth? Pick one

In this post, I want to talk about something that I have been noticing from answering questions and giving feedback to students. I have noticed that there are 2 types of students. Some who just want to share with me their work, and some others who are looking to improve. Many times I made...

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How to spot the little mistakes you don’t know you are making

How to spot the little mistakes you don’t know you are making Hi there! In today’s post I want to talk about how you can spot the little mistakes you don’t know you are making. They are the cause of the Dunning Kruger Effect, when you assume you are better than you really are. When you are...

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Achieve more by practicing less

Achieve more by practicing less Hi There! In this email I want you to teach you something very interesting. How to achieve more, by practicing less. This is a life principle that not only applies to drawing, but for every other area of your life. Yes, you can achieve more by doing less. But,...

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Why some students DON’T improve for years and how to avoid it.

Why some students DON’T improve for years and how to avoid it. Hi there! Today I want to talk about something that happens to a lot of students we have seen over the years, and who have very little results to show for it. Why? Because we don’t want this to happen to you. And if you are a...

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