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John Nilsen
from Myrtle Beach

Jay Nilsen has over 35 years experience designing and creating 3D animated graphics on a variety of platforms. Jay worked 25 years as Vice President Animation at Sonalysts, Inc. one of Connecticut’s premier facilities. In 2014, Jay started

  • education University of Connecticut
  • location Los Angeles
  • subject Animation
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Piper J.
from New York

I am a dedicated teacher with many ways to explain the same concepts. I understand linguistics and have been a foreign language student of four languages besides English. I teach efficiently and practically to strengthen your weaknesses and... See more

  • education University of Iowa
  • location Los Angeles
  • subject Animation + 27 more
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I have a Bachelors and Master's degrees specializing in Business and Economics. I have also majored in public health and legal studies. I have tutored... See more

  • education Brandeis University
  • location Los Angeles
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I am a content creation professional. I specialize in creating memorable content for WEB TV and even... See more

  • education Whittier College
  • location Los Angeles
  • subject Animation + 11 more
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I'm very passionate about 3D. I'm currently helping students in Maya, Z-Brush, Substance Painter, Substance Designer and Photoshop. I've been teaching Autodesk Maya and Pixologic ZBrush at a college level for 10 years. I've also worked for

  • education University of Wisconsin - Madiso...
  • location Los Angeles
  • subject Animation + 5 more
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Passionate about the arts, I have spent my life personally seeing and studying h... See more

  • education California College of the Arts
  • location Los Angeles
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Paul Fortier
from Crawfordville

For over 15 years I have worked professionally in the fields of the fine arts (painting and drawing) and the technology-arts (digital imaging, Web design, animation, game design, motion graphics) and taught these disciplines to students fro... See more

  • education Wayne State University
  • location Los Angeles
  • subject Animation + 40 more
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Adam Howard
from Rotonda West

I am a four time EMMY Award winner for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Visual Effects. I originally studied Graphic Design at Monash University in Melbourne Australia where I majored in illustration and animation. I have worked as a V... See more

  • education American National University
  • location Los Angeles
  • subject Animation + 7 more
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Eric Eckhouse
from Los Angeles

After obtaining a degree in Animation and Illustration at Lynn University located in Boca Raton in 2012, I am about to graduate the Art Institute of Los Angeles with a second degree in Game Art and Design. Throughout my college experience,

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My name is Deblina Mukherjee and I am a high school biology teacher at the Academy for Urban Leadership Charter School in Perth Amboy, NJ. I tutor reading, writing, math, and science at the elementary school level, middle school level, high... See more

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Animation Tutoring

Back in the day, it would take a team of animators countless hours of work to finish animating a project. The original animation style was done using cels, which were a series of transparent sheets. You had a background sheet that would serve as the base and you overlaid character levels that moved independently over time. Each shot was composed of stacked cels and the finished product was made by playing all of the shots in order like a flipbook. Computers changed all of this, allowing you to digitize the layers and manipulate them with ease. In addition, 3D animation has added even more to the possibilities. South Park, for example, was originally made in the cel-style, using paper cutouts instead of full sheets. Their original episodes took a long time to produce. With the introduction of digital animation, the South Park creators turn episodes around in just six days, using exactly as much time as they have between episodes to write, animate, and record their episodes.

Digital animation has opened the doors for lots of independent artists to get their animations out. On the internet, it became simple to use Adobe Flash to animate videos. Sites like Homestar Runner, Jib Jab (which made those politics-based lipsync videos), or Newgrounds let anyone with time create what they wanted. If these are things that interested you and you want to create your own, you might want to look for animation tutors near me.

It has never been easier to get into animation because the resources are more available than ever. OpenToonz is an open source software that has become available for free to anyone that wants to use it. It has been used in the past by Studio Ghibli, which is the Japanese company behind anime hits like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and Princess Mononoke from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki.

Even if you are not an artist, it is very easy to start animating. You could also work with an art tutor to get good at that side, but that is not necessary. Instead, all you need to do is search for animation tutoring near me and we can help you do the rest.

Sometimes, the best animators around are the ones whose art style is subpar. The South Park creators were not expert artists, but they were able to create an animation style with the show that is entirely unique. They no longer use cutouts to animate, instead switching to digital, but the textures they use were created using scans of the original construction paper, allowing them to keep the feeling of the show.

Matt Groening, who is perhaps the richest person in the history of animation as the creator of The Simpsons, Futurama, and Disenchantment, talks about silhouettes as being the key to creating an iconic character. This is certainly the case with his signature works, as Homer’s two hairs, Marge’s tall beehive, Bart and Lisa’s different spikes, Fry’s straight up bangs, and Bender’s antenna can all be easily identified even without color. This is true of Mickey’s ears, Buzz Lightyear’s wings, Woody’s cowboy hat, Beevis and Butthead’s elongated faces, Stewie’s football-shaped head, Hey Arnold’s football-shaped head, and so many more characters. As long as you can come up with a new shape for your character, you can create the next iconic animated character.

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Our current private animation tutors come from a wide variety of backgrounds, maybe even with some graphic design tutoring too. Some come with graduate or undergraduate degrees in computer animation or art, while others come from other backgrounds like architecture, advertising, film production, and more. Video production goes hand in hand with animation as you can gain a deeper understanding of story in a broader film studies class. Some of our animation tutors are video production tutors as well.

Animation skills are important to any tutor that we hire, as you might expect, but we also look for tutors that show exemplary skill working with students. That could include patience, leadership, or anything else that inspires kids rather than letting them get frustrated. They should enjoy their time with private animation tutoring so they can come back time and time again whenever they need a boost.

When it comes to animation, there are many different types of software that you can use, depending on your preferences for features and price. The most commonly used product is called ToonBoom, which is used by The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Archer, and more. After that, After Effects is probably the second most used. Ultimately, most animation studios use a combination of programs to complete an animated video. They might first use Photoshop or another application to create the characters and then port those drawings into another program to do the actual animation.

Depending on the software that students want to use, we need tutors that can fit those needs. It creates more difficulty in finding a match because there are a lot of different combinations of programs that you can use, but it can also create opportunities for a tutor to corner the market if they are the expert in a specific one.

Another thing to consider in animation is 2D vs. 3D. There are lots of differences between the two, so students will seek different things from each one. For those unaware, 2D refers to the traditional style of animation that you might associate with Disney classics, such as Aladdin, Hercules, or Mulan. 3D animation refers to the realistic looking models more associated with new Disney, such as in Pixar films, Frozen, or Big Hero 6.

One of the big differences between the two is that 2D animation only concerns itself with the flat plane that you are able to see. If something is hidden behind a character for a frame, you do not need to draw it. In the case of 3D animation, you need to cover all sides. This might seem like more work initially, but it makes up the gap if you ever change the camera angle. Instead of redrawing everything to reflect the change, all you really need to worry about is the lighting.

Depending on the style of animation, you are going to want a different type of tutor. Most people choose one of the two styles as a specialty, so we are looking for people in either camp.

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