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Vertex Week: designing creatures for animation with Aaron Blaise

Design creatures for animation

Especially for Vertex Week 2022, we are excited to share this tutorial on designing creatives for animation from superstar Aaron Blaise (opens in new tab). Most known for his work on iconic Disney films such as The Lion King, Brother Bear and Beauty and the Beast (and many others), Blaise is a verified expert in drawing creatures and is here to share his tips with you.

As well as working for Walt Disney for 21 years, Blaise also helped start up animation studio Tradition Studio and runs a content-packed website jammed full of top tutorials and art lessons. So you're in the safe hands of a master animator. 

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If you loved this video and want more exciting tutorials head over to artist Germán Reina Carmona's tutorial on improving your character design. We have the fantastic Jackie Droujko too, who not only shares her warm-up routine but her speedpainting technique for animation character design. Or for something slightly different, discover the art of graffiti with Ekundayo, or see above for the full Vertex Week schedule.

Want to put these tips into practice? You'll need one of the best tablets for animation and one of these great Apple Pencil alternatives, too.

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Georgia Coggan is currently Creative Bloq's Acting Deputy Editor. Georgia started her freelance career working for CB in 2018, and since then has worked across the site on news, ecom, SEO content... basically anything and everything. Now covering the Dep Ed role for three months, Georgia is a slave to the style guide, a logo geek and loves all things London Underground (its branding history, and not at rush hour).