Simplify your journey:



Next Class Begins June 23rd:









Transform into a professional 3D animator.

 No experience necessary.

No fluff or filler lessons. Dense and focused.

Get the most out of the limited time you have. Made for career switchers.

All Online

Learn from the comfort of your home and work at times convenient to you. Trying to switch careers? This was made for you.



Focused lectures with no filler. No time wasted here. Each week’s practical lectures inform your challenge to complete to make real progress.


Step-by-step commentary of instructor created animation of your weekly challenges.
No guesswork involved.


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

Download Maya & Project Files

Student License of Maya, rigs, and environments are provided to complete weekly challenges. It’s all ready for you.

Unlimited Reviews

Beginner provides as many reviews as it takes to reach the quality you need to achieve. All inside the private community.


Monthly Office Hr

 Drop-in during open office hours on a Sunday. Beginner and alumni are invited once per month, recordings are shared.

Past Reviews

Watch a past student  challenge review to see other’s mistakes before you make them in your challenge. Learn from others.


Lifetime Access

You’re busy, so you will have lifetime access to all lessons and updates to watch when you have time for it.

14-day Money Back

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

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

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.

Student Success Story

Anna successfully switched careers into animation while living in wartorn Ukraine.

She did this with no experience in animation. Four months after enrolling she had her first job working remotely for an animation studio in the United Kingdom. She has a bright future that began with no experience, overcoming the stress of war, and in a very short amount of time achieved her dreams. If she can do it, I think it’s possible for you too. Unlock your next career goals just like Anna.

Listen to her entire story in the first 2 episodes of  the Animator’s Journey Podcast.

Lucas Ridley

Hi, I’ll be your instructor and mentor for these programs. I currently work as a Lead Animator, have 12 years experience in big and small studios in VFX, commercials, and games industry. I have been teaching for 5 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 80,000 enrolled students! I created Animator’s Journey to provide more personalized and private mentorship opportunities especially for those looking to switch careers into 3D animation like I did.

I look forward to working with you!

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.


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