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Intro to Animation 2

A 10 week animation course where you learn advanced animation principles

Teacher Artwork by Mike Wiesmeier

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Intro to Animation 2

In this follow up course to Intro to Animation, former Disney animator, Mike Wiesmeier will help strengthen your understanding of the intricacies, mechanics and performance aspects of various bipedal movements. Through lectures, class exercises and assignments, you will acquire all the skills and techniques needed to best animate a bipedal character that can walk, run and deliver a dialogue.


By the end of this course, you will have gained deeper knowledge of the 12 essential animation principles, increasing your overall drawing skill level and giving you the confidence and ability to precisely draw character animations in movement. You will also have learned several of industry standard software Toon Boom Harmony’s advanced suite of tools, giving you the know-how to create your own complex and high quality animations in the future.

NOTE: Students will have to purchase a license for the Toon Boom Harmony Animation Software to attend this class

  • Course Type Online Animation Classes
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level
    Level 4
    Level 4

    This expert-level is for students who are ready to boost their portfolio and design process to a professional level.

    This level is about discovering and diving deeper into new tools (such as 3D), further polishing and rendering work and exploring professional pipelines of the entertainment industry.

  • Language English

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Note: This class will be offered online only

Class Timings: Thursdays from 2 PM to 5 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC-4h)

Date of first class: January 12th

Duration: 10 weeks

If you are unable to attend the class during the times listed above, you will still have access to video recordings of the class lectures and will still receive personalized feedback from your instructor.



Skill requirements 

To enroll in this course you should have: 

If you are unsure of your skill level, please contact [email protected] for additional guidance.


Language and age requirements

You should have at least intermediate level English to take this class. Please also note that Syn Studio’s classes are targeted towards adults and students should be 16 years or older to enroll.

Required Materials

You need to have a desktop computer or a laptop with Photoshop installed and a graphic tablet sensitive to pen pressure (such as a Wacom tablet). Or you need a tablet-computer with Photoshop installed that is sensitive to pen pressure (such as the Cintiq Companion).


You will need a licensed copy of Advanced Version of the Toon Boom Harmony Animation Software  so that you have access to all of the features.  Once the class is over you can cancel or change your subscription as you see fit.


Tech Requirements for Attending Syn Studio Online Classes

Minimum Requirements

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 600kbps bandwidth (up/down).
  • A Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a single core processor (at least 1 GHZ processing speed) or a smartphone/tablet with equivalent processing capabilities
  • Good speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser - IE7+, Safari 5+, Firefox, Chrome
  • Operating System - Windows XP, Mac OS 10.6, Linux distro based on 3.0 kernel, Android 5.0, iOS 10
  • Toon Boom Harmony Animation Software License


Syn Studio Recommendations

  • A strong uninterrupted broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) connection with a minimum 1.5Mbps bandwidth (up/down). You can also connect to the internet directly using your ethernet cable to improve your experience.
  • Laptop/Desktop computer equipped with a dual core processor with at least 2 GHZ processing speed and a 4 GB RAM
  • High Quality speakers/earphones to listen to the classes
  • Browser & Operating System - We recommend using the latest version of the browser and operating system for an optimal online classroom experience.

Course Outline

*Please note that the following outline is subject to change slightly at the teacher's discretion.


Weeks 1 to 3 - Biped Walk


Introduction and Review of the 12 Animation Principles.


Set up your character for the biped walk animation through an overview and analysis of popular Disney Animations. Learn the importance of the passing position so you can represent contact and movement of your biped character walk.


Gain proficiency in drawing the down, up, and in between positions of the walk to give the character walk the correct sense of weight and realism, while in motion.


Learn and apply the straight-ahead animation approach to create the follow through elements of the bi ped character walk animation


Weeks 4 to 5  - Biped Run


Gain a thorough understanding of the mechanics of the biped character as well as the similarities between different character movement actions. Through tie-downs, learn to position your character ‘on-model’ and effectively depict the entire range of movements involved in biped character un animation.


Weeks 6 to 9 - Character Dialog


Learn the essential principles of acting for animation using studies of Disney character dialog animation scenes from the past and listening to the dialog audio

Understand the importance of keeping the poses simple.Plan your animation by creating a series of thumbnail drawings.

Become proficient in establishing your character’s key extreme poses as well as drawing the breakdown and IB poses so you can represent any secondary character movement that accompanies the dialog accurately and accentuate the viewing experience.

Acquire the skills required to draw fitting mouth shapes that match the dialog audio while resting the cleanup version of your character dialog animation with a high degree of realism


Week 10 - Review and Conclusion


Review and feedback on student dialog scenes created during the class.

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