We have reached the final two principles of animation for our series, “solid drawing” and “appeal”. These are highly important to the process of creating animation, the building blocks if you will, because without these principles, animations will not be successful. Once we have covered these you will have all the principles of animation and you may decide to start creating your own. So let’s dive right in!

The first principle is that of “solid drawing”. It relates to creating forms in three-dimensional space. This is what gives your animated forms volume and weight. The principle of “solid drawing” involves building skills to give shapes anatomy, weight, balance, light and shadow. An animator cannot simply create a character with mirrored sides because it would be flat, unrealistic and lifeless. With the advancements of computer animation, today, animators are able to create more real looking animations that come to life.

You will find a helpful example of “solid drawing” created by our animators to demonstrate this principle for you…