Art. Illustration. Instruction. 

I always do a demonstration of the first assignment for animation 1 classes, this is one of the many ball bounces that I've done. It helps loosen up students and eases them into understanding a traditional animation workflow while illustrating some of the most basic animation principles. I do not think it is enough just to show a clip of a ball bounce in class for students. For students to really understand what is happening, the demonstration is necessary; sometimes this is their first animation assignment ever!

This is a demonstration I did of one of Richard Williams' variations of a walk (which is actually a variation of a Bill Tytla walk) from his book "The Animator's Survival Kit". This animation is from one of his timing/spacing charts, but I adjusted the spacing of the chart to work on 2's and used a character from an older film as the model to animate.

Ball Bounce Demo

Sneak Cycle Demo

This is another pose test that I did in class to help students learn how to better show weight and the transition of weight in their animation.

Weight Lift Demo

A bird cycle demonstration that I created in 2010 during a workshop to help traditional animation students learn the basics of cycles. I realize that this demo of mine is often used by other instructors in different programs and at different schools. I would just like to note that this character and the animation herein are all completely of my own creation. Thank you. 


I created this demo in class to help students understand the parts of a simple pose-test of a flour sack jumping. The emphasis in this demonstration is getting students to understand the difference between "keys" and "breakdowns" while focusing on a few of the animation principles, i.e. staging, squash & stretch and arcs.

This is a demonstration on how to approach the stages of a walk cycle in relation to the animation principles of primary and secondary action. Both the character and the animation (timing and spacing) are from Preston Blair. 

Ed's Bird Cycle Demo

Rabbit Walk Demo

Flour Sack Jump Pose-Test Demo‚Äč

A pinnacle role of an art instructor is the ability to demonstrate techniques, use of materials, subject matter and learning objectives. Demonstrations should be done while creating projects and assignments as well as, especially, in front of a class and with individual students. Being flexible and adaptive with demonstrations really helps to ensure that all students, no matter what stage or level they may be at, understand and can work through the course material.