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Transform into a professional 3D animator.

Your journey begins here. No experience necessary.

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All Online

Learn from the comfort of your home and work at times convenient to you.

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Lectures

Focused lectures with no filler. Each week’s practical lectures inform your challenge to complete.

Demos

Step-by-step commentary of instructor created animation of your weekly challenges.

Challenges

Weekly challenges include a short quiz and an animation test that you complete and submit for the instructor to review.

Download Project Files

Rigs and environments are provided to complete weekly challenges.

2 x Weekly Reviews

Personalized reviews 2x/week for 7-week option or once per week for the 14-week option. If you’re unavailable during the review hours it’s recorded.

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Weekly Open Office Hrs

Drop-in during open office hours to get immediate feedback and answers to technical questions on the weekend.

Past Reviews

Watch a past student  challenge review each week to see other’s mistakes before you make them in your challenge.

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Lifetime Access

Unlike most online or in-person programs you will have lifetime access to the teaching material and updates to review and refresh when you need it.

14-day Money Back

Try it risk-free! After the first two weeks, if you think the program’s not a good fit, get your money back. Click for terms.

 Animator’s Journey: Beginner

Mentorship Course

This is the first of 3 modules developed to make you a hirable 3D animator.
The Intermediate and Advanced modules are under development now.

Each week consists of lectures, demonstrations, quizzes, and a weekly challenge. You will meet with your instructor twice per week or receive a recorded review if you’re not available during the scheduled review times offered. There will also be open office hours you can drop in on Zoom one day a week on the weekend for extra help.

Week 1 : Learn the Software + First Animation

Get familiar with the software we will be using and create your first animation. It can be intimidating to learn any 3D software so we’ll take a practical and clear approach to learn only the relevant information you need.

Week 2 : Fun with Physics

All animation is rooted in principles of physics that can be quantified and make clear the decisions you need to make when animating.

Week 3 : Passive Pendulums

Your arm is a pendulum, your leg is a pendulum, they’re everywhere. We will tackle how to approach animating them and the principles to understand to do so.

Week 4 : Active Pendulum

Characters have their own agency over limbs and are not limited to being controlled by outside forces. Let’s learn how to animate that in a believable way.

Week 5 : Planning Makes Perfect

Successful animating requires successful planning. There are specific techniques and practical methods we can use to create a plan for our animations and stay organized while animating.

Week 6 : Weight A Minute

Nothing in the computer has ‘weight.’ As animators we imbue the objects and characters with weight by the decisions we make when animating. This is something many new animators struggle with, let’s overcome it together.

Week 7 : I'm Walking Here!

Walking seems simple, we see it all around us, but it’s one of the more difficult animation challenges to do successfully. We’ll combine all our knowledge and learn some new body mechanics to animate a walk.

Next Steps

Congratulations is in order once you complete this first module of Animator’s Journey! It is one every aspiring animator must pass through.
By the end, you will be able to animate with confidence and be prepared for the next leg of your Journey where you will need to tackle intermediate-level challenges, and there’s a special gift waiting for you…

Lucas Ridley

Instructor

Hi, I’ll be your instructor for this program. I currently work at the biggest studios in the animation, VFX, and games industry with 11 years experience and have been teaching for 4 years.
I’ve worked on Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One, Transformers: The Last Knight, Disney’s Aladdin, Disney’s Little Mermaid, The Last of Us Part 2, and many more. My previous online courses have taught over 60,000 enrolled students, one provided such high level of instruction a professor stole it and taught my material at the university-level!

14-day Money Back Guarantee

If you don’t think it’s a good fit for you after 14-days you get your money back. Risk-free to enroll. Click for terms.

Flexible Options

Mentorship Options

On Demand

7-Week Accelerated

For those who have 40 or more hours per week to work on the material and want results fast. You can see me up to 3x per week during these 7-weeks to get immediate feedback and move as fast as you’re able.

14 - Week Slower Pace

The same content and number of reviews as the 7-week program just extended out over 14 weeks. That means instead of two reviews per week you receive 1. For those who have less than 40 hours per week to work.

Self-Study PLUS

Exactly the same program as the mentorship options. The only difference is no live 1-on-1 with me. You will have access to the private community group AND access to me via the group, email, and lessons questions. 

Mentorship Reviews

Reviews can be live or recorded depending on your availability to my review schedule. Don’t miss out on mentorship just because our schedules don’t match.

Mentorship Options

7-Week Accelerated

For those who have 40 or more hours per week to work on the material and want results fast. You can see me up to 3x per week during these 7-weeks to get immediate feedback and move as fast as you’re able.

14 - Week Slower Pace

The same content and number of reviews as the 7-week program just extended out over 14 weeks. That means instead of two reviews per week you receive 1. For those who have less than 40 hours per week to work.

Mentorship Reviews

If you’re unable to attend your live review session time the review can be recorded and sent to you as a video. No need to be bound by a strict schedule.

On Demand

Self-Study, No Mentorship Reviews

Exactly the same program as the mentorship options. The only difference is no live 1-on-1 with me. You will have access to the private community group AND access to me via the group, email, and lessons questions. 

 Animator’s Journey: Beginner

7-Week & 14-Week Mentorship

Example Weekly Schedule

Both provide the same amount of content and individualized reviews,
they just move at different speeds depending on your weekly availability.

Your Animation Journey Simplified

Most schools over segment their instruction with too many courses. Animator’s Journey streamlines your animation journey into only 3 modules: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Premium Course

Created to get results. This is not just about learning animation, but learning to become ‘production ready‘ for a job in the animation industry.

Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

I have taken many courses over my 31+ professional years, both in person and online, as well as teaching since ’94. I am always curious what other people have to say and how they teach as you can learn so much. Lucas just has it, plain and simple. He is so much wiser than his years. Highly recommend Lucas! Great job!

Chris P.

I love how simplistic the teacher is and how well he explains it. He really teaches with a passion and with a true craving to help others access in the ways that he is.

Francois G.

Yes, I really like how the instructor explains things in a comprehensive way. The demonstrations are very useful, and the instructor has a very good speaking voice with no annoying stutters and ums and uhs.

Kelly M.

The amount of detail in this course is the same quality training you would get paying thousands of dollars to take a 3D course at a university. Just a few minutes into this course I have learned foundational skills that other tutorials I have found online on outlets like YouTube completely ignores.

Steven M. Jr.

What I personally loved most about this class is that the instructor was super down to earth, direct and didn’t muddle through things. He talked from his own personal experiences and gave you a real look at what to expect from delving into this industry. It’s actually better then a lot of college courses I’ve taken.

Chad K.

I like the structure and length of each lesson. Very informative and comprehensive approach. Also the tutor has pleasant voice and clear pronunciation (which is important when English is not your native language)! So far I’ve been enjoying the course. Thank you!

Alexandra B.

I am loving this course. It’s taught me more in 4 13 minute videos than I was able to be taught over several classes at university.

David V.

I have some background with medical illustration. The approach Lucas takes is one that is much more comprehensive and relatable to my way of working. He is very clear, concise and his personality really comes through during the lessons which help to keep me engaged in the learning.

Geoff L.

Transform into a 3D Animator.