Introduction to 3D Modeling

Start your new career and learn 3d modeling online from award-winning mentors

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Course Overview

Explore the world of 2D animation, learn new skills and become a better artist!

CG Spectrum’s online 2D animation course is ideal for students who want to learn the history, skills and techniques needed for a successful career in animation.

In just 10 months, you’ll discover the techniques and secrets used by industry animators to create your own 2D animations using Toon Boom Harmony (industry standard software used by professional animators). Focusing specifically on hand-drawn or “cut-out” style character animation, you’ll learn the essentials of animation as well as advanced skills needed to create a professional portfolio. 

CG Spectrum’s 2D animation classes are conducted online, meaning they’re available to you, wherever you are in the world. During your video lessons, you’ll be personally mentored by former Disney animators with decades of experience animating for TV, film and games. CG Spectrum mentors actively working in the industry, so you can be sure you’re receiving the most up-to-date training from professional animators. 

Whether you want to learn 2D for yourself or you’re interested in becoming a professional animator, the online 2D Animation course is your first step!

Why Learn 2D Animation?

2D animation is a popular and diverse medium that’s seen a resurgence in the last few years. New technology has helped the art evolve, and demand for artists has grown significantly in the last decade. Read more about the industry and career pathways here.

Start Date

September 2nd, 2019

Duration

6 Months

Delivery Method

Weekly online classes via Zoom along with recorded feedback, e-mail support and a student community

Software

A student educational licence of Maya and Substance Painter is provided to all students for free

Course Load

20hrs/week

Skill Level

Intermediate to Advanced

Prerequisites

Basic drawing skills, a digital drawing tablet and a computer that meets the minimum recommended specifications

Course Curriculum

Semester 01

3D Modeling Foundations

learn 3d modeling trimester 01 character modeling

You will begin by developing a firm foundation in solid drawing skills based on the 12 Principles of Animation. Using industry standard software Toon Boom Harmony, you’ll learn how to create your own unique fundamental animation pieces including the bouncing ball, flour sack jump, character walk cycle, and a character reaction known as a “take”.

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Intro to the Principles of Animation
  2. Bouncing Ball Exercise 01
  3. Bouncing Ball Exercise 02
  4. Drawing Fundamentals
  5. Flour Sack Exercise 01
  6. Flour Sack Exercise 02
  7. Flour Sack Exercise 03
  8. Walk Cycle: Contact & Passing Poses
  9. Walk Cycle: In-between Poses
  10. Walk Cycle: Follow-through
  11. Character Take: Key Poses & Breakdowns
  12. Character Take: Creating In-betweens
Semester 02

Character & Environment Modeling

learn 3d modeling trimester 02 character modeling

After strengthening your skills in anatomy drawing, challenge your understanding of body mechanics by animating a quadruped walk and a biped run in perspective. You’ll develop your ability to plan and visualize a performance with a lesson on acting for animators. Then you’ll have a go at animating a pantomime and short dialogue character scenes yourself.

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Drawing Human & Quadruped Figures
  2. Constructing Anatomy with Volume
  3. Quadruped Walk Exercise 01
  4. Quadruped Walk Exercise 02
  5. Character Run in Perspective 01
  6. Character Run in Perspective 02
  7. Acting for Animators
  8. Pantomime: Planning/Key Drawings
  9. Pantomime: Breakdowns/In-betweens
  10. Study & Analysis of Animation Greats
  11. Short Character Monologue 01
  12. Short Character Monologue 02
Semester 02

Character & Environment Modeling

learn 3d modeling trimester 02 character modeling

After strengthening your skills in anatomy drawing, challenge your understanding of body mechanics by animating a quadruped walk and a biped run in perspective. You’ll develop your ability to plan and visualize a performance with a lesson on acting for animators. Then you’ll have a go at animating a pantomime and short dialogue character scenes yourself.

Weekly Breakdown

  1. Drawing Human & Quadruped Figures
  2. Constructing Anatomy with Volume
  3. Quadruped Walk Exercise 01
  4. Quadruped Walk Exercise 02
  5. Character Run in Perspective 01
  6. Character Run in Perspective 02
  7. Acting for Animators
  8. Pantomime: Planning/Key Drawings
  9. Pantomime: Breakdowns/In-betweens
  10. Study & Analysis of Animation Greats
  11. Short Character Monologue 01
  12. Short Character Monologue 02

LOOK INSIDE

HOW IT WORKS?

Meet Your Amazing Mentors

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Jeremy Chinn

Mentor for

3D Modeling

Known for

Big Hero 6

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Steve Hubbard

Mentor for

3D Modeling

Known for

Alien: Covenant

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Frank Alvarez

Mentor for

3D Modeling

Known for

Batman vs. Superman

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Hong Chan Lim

Mentor for

3D Modeling

Known for

Overwatch: Wildstar

Student Testimonials

CG Spectrum has a way of mentoring students that I haven't experienced before. My mentor is always pushing me in order to become industry ready. CG Spectrum mentors are always available for feedback and take a proactive approach to teaching their students.

Lauren WakleyConcept Artist

CG Spectrum has a way of mentoring students that I haven't experienced before. My mentor is always pushing me in order to become industry ready. CG Spectrum mentors are always available for feedback and take a proactive approach to teaching their students.

Lauren WakleyConcept Artist

CG Spectrum has a way of mentoring students that I haven't experienced before. My mentor is always pushing me in order to become industry ready. CG Spectrum mentors are always available for feedback and take a proactive approach to teaching their students.

Lauren WakleyConcept Artist

The CG Spectrum Advantage

Flexible Scheduling

Whether studying full-time or working around a busy schedule, CG Spectrum’s virtual learning model allows you to study when you want, where you want.

Industry Mentors

Learn from highly experienced and passionate mentors who are actively working in the industry on major feature films and AAA video games.

Job Ready Skills

Our specialized, custom-built courses and hands-on teaching method ensure the skills you gain are exactly those that studios are looking for.

Payment Plans

Your education is an investment. We offer various payment options to help you pursue your passion, hone your craft, and start working sooner.

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