Tony White

Tony White is an animation director, animator, author, educator and consultant. At the beginning of his career, he studied advanced animation techniques with some of the finest masters of the art-form, including Ken Harris Art Babbit and Richard Williams. Tony won a British Academy Award for his short film Hokusai – An Animated in Sketchbook in 1978. He ran his own commercial animation studio, Animus Productions for twenty years in the UK, before moving to the USA in 1998. Tony is currently Program Director & Senior Instructor of the  AIE-Seattle/Seattle Schools District Skills Center program. Here high school students can learn drawing, animation, game design and programming for school credit – in preparation for college or the industry. Tony is founder of the online Animator’s Sketchclub – where he sets an animation-related drawing challenge and publishes the results of the winning submissions. He also started the drawn-animation focused 2D or Not 2D Animation Festival, which returned in 2016 after a long hiatus. Tony’s best-selling animation books include: The Animator’s Workbook; Animation from Pencils to Pixels; How To Make Animated Films, Jumping Through Hoops: The Animation Job Coach and The Animator’s Notebook.

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Tony White’s Website, Youtube Channel, The Animator’s Sketchclub Website


Select Filmography:


Endangered Species (2006)

A film created to illustrate Tony White’s book Animation from Pencils to Pixels.


Hokusai – An Animated in Sketchbook (1978)

“This film was inspired by the wonderful sketchbooks of Hokusai. When I saw them I realized that this artist was indeed a true animator at heart… he just didn’t have the knowledge or the technology to be one in his lifetime. I therefore sought to bring his drawings to life for him, as homage to his genius.”