CMAI’s 2D Courses

2D Animation Bootcamp

This course is designed to help recent animation graduates and junior animators that are inexperienced in working with Toon Boom Harmony for Rigged Animation. It runs in conjunction with studios to get you familiarised, first hand the studio pipeline and assets they use in production. It is an intensive 2 weeks of training that aims to get participants up to speed and ready to be employed by the studio.


  • Participants will need a strong showreel demonstrating their animation skills.
  • Participants will need access to a basic computer / screen and graphics tablet and decent stable internet connection.
  • All other software and hardware will be provided.
  • Candidates must be resident in Ireland.


2 weeks

Start date:



Course Overview

Week 1

Lesson 1

  • Pendulum
  • Intro to TB
  • Workspace layout/ Scene SetUp
  • Preferences/ Shortcuts
  • Drawing
  • Basic Rig Building
  • Keying
  • Tweening/ Eases
  • Export Mov


Lesson 2

  • Intro to Rigging
  • Overview of character rig (Libraries)
  • Basic Rig Building
  • Drawing elements
  • Deformers

Week 1

Lesson 3

  • Head nods/ Tilts
  • Learning how to Tilt the head up and down and side to side while staying on model.
  • Perspective.
  • Tweening and eases.


Lesson 4

  • Posing Special Poses
  • Using design ref
  • Getting familiar with production rigs
  • manipulating a rig
  • Building libraries
  • Drawing
  • Keying

Week 1

Lesson 5

  • Sideview Walkcycle.
  • Using roughs.
  • Breaking down the stages of the walkcycle.
  • Emphasis on Weight, force and follow through.


Lesson 6

  • Time to work on any previous exercises
  • INTRO Animated Sequence
  • Daily Planner and Estimates Animated Sequence

Week 2

Lesson 7

  • Lipsync
  • Mouth Shapes
  • Tips and tricks, common mistakes.



  • Animated Sequence x3 Days

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