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What animations/animators do you look at for inspiration?

We all looked at something to inspire ourselves and continue to look at their work to keep us going in this career of animation or think of ideas based upon it. What works have you seen to become an animator? #animation

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Daria’s Answer

As a child I watched a lot of animated TV shows, like Avatar: The Last Airbender or movies like The Prince of Egypt and Finding Nemo. Now, however, there are so many amazing things happening with animation, like the innovation in Into the Spiderverse or simply watching commercials online. What really helps is starting some kind of page (I use Pinterest!) where you can collect things that inspire you, and go back if you ever feel at a loss.

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David’s Answer

Hi Frank,
Thank you for your question! As a professional animator since the 90s, I've been fortunate to work on projects such as the "Jimmy Neutron" film and TV series, "The Ant Bully" feature film, and "Olive the Other Reindeer" to name a few. My fellow artists would inspire me all the time. The quick answer is to surround yourself with talented people and watch your skills and talent grow by leaps and bounds.

Growing up I loved watching the classic Disney Films and was inspired by the hand-drawn technique of these exceptional artists. In college, I continued to learn more about the "nine old men" and developed an appreciation for the background illustrators such as Eyvind Earle who was known for his beautiful contribution to the background illustration and conceptual art of Disney animated films in the 1950s.

Today, I still love to see digital 2D animations built for the web including loopable animated gifs. I have made a few myself and there is just something fun about coming up with interesting ideas that will play on a neverending loop. I also use Pinterest to keep a collection of web-based animations that inspire me and help me come up with ideas of my own. Crafting loopable animations for the web is a reasonably quick way to add material to your own portfolio as well.
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