✔️ Self-Paced Over 66 Lessons

✔️ Unlimited Reviews From Professional Animator

✔️ LIVE Group Calls Monthly

✔️ Private Student Community

✔️ Autodesk Maya Student License

✔️ START DATE: Rolling Enrollments

✔️ PRICE | $997 USD

Your animation journey begins here.

Get UNLIMITED reviews on your course work to make sure your work isn’t just getting completed, but it is reaching the quality you need to get noticed.

Complete at your own pace with lifetime access to the material, start and stop as you need.

It’s built to work with your life as someone looking to switch careers.

No experience or pre-requisites are required it’s designed for true beginners. It’s also suitable for those who may know the software but not proficient at animating. If you’re not sure if you’re too experienced, email me a link to your current animation reel and I’ll let you know.

And as a bonus you’ll get access to the course library for 1-yr (worth $299) in addition to lifetime access to Animators Journey Beginner course.

Click Enroll Now, begin whenever you’re ready.

Transform into a professional 3D animator.

Your journey begins here. No experience necessary.

No fluff or filler lessons. Dense and focused.

Get the most out of the limited time you have. Geared toward career switchers.

All Online

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



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


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


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

Download Maya & Project Files

Student License of Maya, rigs, and environments are provided to complete weekly challenges.

Unlimited Reviews

Mentored by the instructor inside the private community. This is the most important benefit.



Drop-in on Zoom during open office hours on Sundays once per month. Or post in the private community.

Past Reviews

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


Lifetime Access

You will have lifetime access to the teaching material and updates to review and refresh when you need it.

14-day Money Back

After the first two weeks, if the program is not a good fit, get your money back.

Chapter 1

Overcome the intimidating industry-standard software of Maya with your student license that comes with the course and do it with ease while creating your first animation!

Chapter 2

Dive deep into the intracies of what makes animation look ‘right’ with the help of some rules of thumbs, tips, and secrets of the pros!

Chapter 3

Create your first complex animation with a new rig. We’ll also learn about animating constraints to take your animation to the next level.

Chapter 4

Animate in truly 3-dimensions this chapter with a shark! We’ll stack all the knowledge we’ve gained so far to create a dynamic underwater scene.

Chapter 5

Planning makes perfect… we’ll learn industry-standard ways to stay organized creating  an entire performance over and through an obstacle course with the Extreme Ball rig.

Chapter 6

Weight is one of the most important things to get right in animation and this chapter we’ll cover how to distribute and move weight on legs!

Chapter 7

Our Journey culminates in learning more about fundamental body mechanics for a nice and clean walk cycle that will propel you onto the next stage of your Journey!

Unlimited Support

You’ll complete each chapter under the guidance of a working professional animator in the private community feedback sessions!

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 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. Very clear, concise and his personality really comes through during the lessons which help to keep me engaged in the learning.

Geoff L.

This part of the journey has certainly elevated my skills and knowledge. The video instructions were detailed and easy to follow along with and the time stamps were very helpful to go straight to section I needed. The critiques from each module helped me with my attention to detail. You were always on point with your responses. From your critique review of my animation playblasts, you were able to know just what advice to give. Whether it was an animation principle or a technical (Maya) issue, you were able to identify it. Then I was able to go to that point in my animation and make the correction. You are an excellent teacher, and this course was very helpful. I’m glad I am a part of this community and found Animator’s Journey!

Richard J.

Student Animations

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 in Beginner 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!

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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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