Animation Resources

I get asked quite often about what animation resources that I use such as recommendations for what particular animation books to buy ,what 2D and 3D animation software to use,Animation Industry websites and Links, and what other animation supplies and resources that I might use, so I thought it might be helpful to create an animation resource page that you can always come to for all of your animation needs. I’ll keep adding to it as I run across or learn new things. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. I am a big believer that you always are learning, so I always welcome any suggestions for new things that you felt helped you, that I could to check out and possibly add to this list. I hope this helps?



 Animation Software

Free 2d Animation Software:

  • Pencil- This is an open source bitmap and vector pencil test software. It is completely free! Download it and animate either on paper and scan it old school style, or use your Cintiq or tablet right in the software.
  • Toon Boom Animate Pro– This 2D Animation Software has become the new industry standard for traditional and Flash style 2d animation. You can download it here for free, or get the full version with a student discount:

Recommended Books

Character Animation Books:

Drawing For Animation Books:

Books on Acting and Performance for Animation:

Flash Animation Books:

Animation Reference:

Books on Film:

Animation History Books:

 Story / Storyboarding / Writing: