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Game Career Seminar: 2D Animation for Games: A Primer

Tyriq Plummer  (Artist & Game Designer, FourbitFriday)

Date: Friday, July 23

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass, Career Development Pass

Topic: Game Career Development

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Tyriq gives an overview of the basic skills for 2d character animation in games, providing examples from his own career's work as well as other prominent 2d games. He goes over the principles of animation - concepts like squash and stretch, anticipation and reaction, and arcs - and how they apply to games. He also discusses common beginner mistakes and how to avoid them, and various tools and pipeline considerations to make the most of artists' abilities.


By the end, the audience will have a grasp of the basic principles of animation, how to spot and avoid common mistakes, and what to look for in 2d animation direction. They will be able to make decisions about the animation in their 2d games with confidence and consistency.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended as a beginner-friendly summary for people interested in making traditionally-animated 2d games, both high-res and pixel art - primarily aimed towards artists and those who work with them. No prerequisite knowledge is required, and some fairly basic animation concepts will be discussed.