Lesson 3 - Squash and Stretch

Lesson 3 - Squash and Stretch

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Whether a character is doing something as simple as jumping or as complex as having an anvil dropped on their head, there is an essential aspect of animation at play. Squash and Stretch! With good squash and stretch added to your character’s movements, you will be able to take your animation’s believability and comedy to a new level!


But what is “squash and stretch” anyway? Well, in this lesson, I explain this principle in detail and will walk you through how to use it in your own animations. You will learn about elasticity and flexibility, how to maintain consistent volume in your characters, and how to captivate your audience with believable and humorous motion.


You will also get to practice this new skill by animating a bouncing ball. A classic animation exercise that every animator learns at the beginning of their journey. Have fun as I do the exercise along with you!


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!