Layout for animation

Layout 101 is a beginning level online animation course that will help you to learn to draw amazing backgrounds and layouts for animated projects. This course is a credit course and a requirement for our 3-year degree program.

Layout for animation is the process of conceptualizing environments based on the story of the animated film, and adapting it to the stylistic choices of the film. The primary role of the layout artist is to design the stage on which the animation of the character or special effects takes place.

In traditional animation, a background layout is the line drawing of the background for a scene. It is not the finished background painted and colored that you see on the screen.

Some of the topics covered in this course are:

  • Introduction to layout
  • 1 point perspective
  • 2 point perspective
  • 3 point perspective
  • Designing Environmental Backgrounds
  • Fictional Environments
  • Spooky backgrounds
  • Technical layouts



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