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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. 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 a regular freelance contributor for Creative Bloq, who has also worked on T3 and Top Ten Reviews. With a particular interest in branding and retro design, Georgia writes about everything from logo design to creative technology, enjoys hunting down genuinely good deals and has even used her knowledge as an ex-teacher to create buying guides on products including children's books and bookcases. Tying these design interests together is an obsession with London Underground posters from the last century.