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Animation Student Gift Guide

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My husband and I consider ourselves experts when it comes to knowing what an animation student may have on their wish list.  Harry and I both studied animation for years.  We both worked as caricature artists in theme parks and at fancy parties to pay our way through college, and then out of debt from college.  Harry taught animation at The Art Institute of California for more than a decade.  Both of us work currently as freelance illustrators; which is sort of an animation adjacent career. Anyway, we know a thing or two about what an animation student may truly treasure as a gift.

animation gift guide                                         (Legendary Disney Animator – Floyd Norman – please see his movie below as a potential gift idea)

Did you know that Art students spend nearly the most on supplies of any college student? Art students are second only to Medical students when it comes to supplies they need to purchase.  Art students are in constant need of new books and technology, but also consumable products.  Artist’s needs vary widely by trade and not every art supply is helpful to ever artist.  Animation students may be more excited about an inexpensive box of brand new blue prisma colors over a fancy set of watercolors.  We are here to help with some ideas for your favorite animation lover!

Animation Student Gift Ideas

Force Drawing Lessons with Mike Mattesi – use the code SHAREFORCEBASICS for an additional 20% off! A consumable gift that will create no clutter. One thing I truly miss about being an artist is that we cannot go to Life Drawing classes or ‘drink and draws’ in person.  Online is not the same as in class instruction, but these classes are affordable and can be done at your own pace. Mike Mattesi is a former Disney artist that has trained and worked with some of the greatest animation artists of our time.

“Art Of” books – The Art of “fill in whatever their favorite animated movie is” books are something any animation fan will treasure and there are so many to choose from!

“The Animator’s Survival Kit” – If the person on your list is newly interested in Animation, this is a great book – if they have been in school or working for a while, it is likely already on their shelves.

This Book about the “9 old men” – You don’t know who the 9 old men are? It is OK, your animation fan friend does.

Force Life Drawing Books – this guy is incredible.

Apple Pencil Sleeve – this is the perfect stocking stuffer!

Ergonomic Chair – this kneeling chair has been the BEST investment and my chronic headaches and back aches are improving!

Wacom Tablet  Currently 25% off!

This perfect Mug Because animators drink all the coffee.

This perfect Tshirt Because Animators do not sleep (hence the coffee)

Floyd Norman Movie This movie about the legendary animator Floyd Norman can be purchased as a physical copy or digitally.  Floyd Norman was the first black animator at Walt Disney Studios. His story and his artwork are really extraordinary.

My Favorite Sketch book  Animators and animation students always have a sketchbook with them.  They will never have too many.

Prisma Color Pencils – but just the blue ones  Animators and other artists go thru these like crazy, right now you can buy 12 for $5 shipped!)

Prisma Color Pencils – but just the red ones  These are also inexpensive and something that artists go through like crazy.  Pencils are the perfect stocking stuffer.

Pixar Storytelling – Also probably on the shelf of a long time fan or artist, but great for a newbie!

These are just a few of our ideas! If you are an animator, what do you wish was on this list?




Until Next Time ~ Kate
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