Text-Image Interdependence? Drawriting? What’s Funny About That?

Being funny is serious business.  Doing it well requires the right ingredients and process.  Text-image interdependence is one of the keys to a good comic strip. Drawriting is the method for producing a great comic strip. Legendary comic strip artist Michael Jantze, creator of The Norm comic strip, shares decades of experience in the most […]

Tony Bancroft Interview

Tony Bancroft, animator and animation director, was one of the first Taught By A Pro instructors.  His courses on Squash and Stretch cover some of the foundational skills of animation.  In the courses Squash & Stretch 1 and Squash & Stretch 2, Tony describes the concepts of squash and stretch and demonstrates their application.  John […]

Four Great Professional Animators Answer the Question “What advice would you give to aspiring artists?”

These four Taught By A Pro “pros” (instructors) have each spent decades in the field of animation doing amazing work at Disney, Sullivan Booth and others.  They have written books on animation, directed, produced and been nominated for major awards.  This is the advice that they give to aspiring artists and animators. From, Michel Gagné, Artist and Animator […]

John Pomeroy Interview

To celebrate joining Taught By A Pro, John Pomeroy was kind enough to answer a few questions about his career and offer advice to aspiring animators. What is the best advice you ever received? John Pomeroy: From Ollie Johnston, while animating the character “Penny” under his guidance, his sage advice to me was “keep it […]

John Pomeroy with Mrs. Brisby maquette and a cel set up from Banjo the Woodpile Cat

New Courses from John Pomeroy on Overlapping Action

Taught by A Pro is proud to announce two new courses from legendary animator John Pomeroy.  In these courses on Overlapping Action, John describes and demonstrates the importance of how Overlapping Actions gives classical animation its beauty & fluidity.  He explains and demonstrates these principals in this Taught By A Pro video lesson.  In Overlapping […]

Michel Gagné

Michel Gagné Interview & New Special Effects Animation Course

  New Course – Animating Fire Effects Michel Gagné has a new course on Taught By A Pro! The course  Special Effects Animation – Animating Fire – Torch Cycle or Animating Fire Effects for short as made available yesterday. In these lessons, Michel Gagné teaches how to create special effects animation assets. Michel walks through […]

Announcing New Online Art School

Tom Bancroft, well known author and animator, has teamed up with Rich Lanam, an educational technology executive, to start an online art school called Taught By A Pro (www.TaughtByAPro.com). Tom’s work has been included in Disney animation favorites Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, and many others. He has also written the […]

Launch of Taught By A Pro

Announcing the launch of the new art instruction website, TaughtByAPro.com!  This will be THE website to get real instruction from Top Professionals in all forms of media!  Online courses will focus on the creative aspects of Animation, Character Design, Comics, Comic Strips, Illustration, Computer Animation, 2D Animation and 3D Animation.  The full list of the […]