Techniques of Traditional Cartoon and Digital Animation
Université Catholique de Lille
Area of Study
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
This course will provide students with an introduction to / overview of:
Drawing for animation
Digital animation / TV Paint software
Course sessions will include:
1. Introduction to drawing / anatomy - Constructive anatomy
2. Live model / movement capture: dynamic poses & expression
3. Live model / movement break-down
4. Live model / volume, shading, posing
5. Character design for animation: construction
6. Character design for animation: graphic development
7. Character design for animation: Coloring / Shading
8. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise + overview of TV Paint
9. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise, "Key Pose – Interpolation"
10. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise, "Character animation"
11. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise, "Cycles"
12. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise, "Clean "
13. Digital animation tech: Animation exercise, "Ink & Paint"
14. Wrap-up and evaluation
By the end of the course, the students should have successfully:
- Discovered a technical approach to drawing for animation
- Understood 2D animation pipeline
- Experimented and built their first 2D animation
- Utilized TV Paint Software
The course is built around workshops combining theory and practice. The “making-of” process for
various animated shots be on display. Students will guided in the development of their work, and will
visit two animation studios.
All course materials will be supplied in class. References may be made to the following resources:
- The Animator’s Survival Kit. Richard Williams
- Drawn To Life. Preston Blair
- Morpho. Michel Lauricella.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations