We have reached the halfway mark in our journey to discover the principles of animation. Congratulations for getting this far! The next two principles that we are going to cover are, “arcs” and “secondary action”.

In life, most movement happens in an arched or circular trajectory. The principle of applying this to animation is called “arcs”. This helps to provide fluidity and a natural flow to animation. This is especially important when animating a human character. When movement is created in a straight or linear fashion, it feels dull, stiff and unnatural, however when “arcs” are used properly they create a more expressive natural movement.

Our animator has created the below example of properly used “arcs” in movement to demonstrate it for you…