12 Basic Principles of Animation

Get acquainted with videos

1. Squash & Stretch
2. Anticipation
3. Staging
4. Straight Ahead & Pose to Pose
5. Follow Through & Overlapping Action
6. Slow in and Slow out
7. Arcs
8. Secondary Action
9. Timing
10. Exaggeration
11. Solid Drawing
12. Appeal

Do character animation with your team , where the 12 principles of animation are displayed.


My team and I decided to animate one cat’s adventures in a circus. Firstly, we thought of acts and  then distributed them. I got a hat-trick for animation, which was between juggling and acrobatics stunt.  As we have different styles of drawing, we created an Illustrator file with the cat for common use. The cat was simplified as mush as possible, because our aim was to concentrate on principles. I hadn’t to use our cat, as in my animation the ball turned into the hare. In this animation 11 principles are displayed.


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