Lesson 4 - Drag and Overlap

Lesson 4 - Drag and Overlap

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Ever watch Disney’s original “Aladdin” and notice how Princess Jasmine’s long ponytail follows behind her whenever she turns her head? How about when a flag blows in the wind? Its flapping motion seems to be directly related to how the wind is blowing it, doesn’t it? But why is that?


Well, in this lesson, I explain exactly why there are these “primary” and “secondary” motions when things move and how they are related to each other. I will take you through the process of observing how these opposing actions work and how to apply them to your animations in a realistic way.


This principle of Drag and Overlap can be confusing at first, but don’t worry. I will demonstrate how to apply this concept by animating a ribbon attached to a bouncing ball, a sheet blowing in the wind, and a girl’s hair as she turns her head. Follow along with me and see how it works!


Some new concepts you will learn in this lesson are:

▪ Primary and Secondary Actions

▪ How inertia and energy affect objects

▪ Opposing Actions

▪ Reversal

▪ Expansion and Contraction

▪ Follow Through


Letter from Instructor

Hi class, welcome to Pomeroy Art Academy! I’m so excited you are going through this course. With a lot of practice, patience, and persistence, I know you will be able to sharpen your animation skills. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @pomeroyartacademy and use the hashtag #pomeroyartacademy so we can see and share your work!