Saturday, December 16, 2017

How to Make Animation Tip# 1: Thumbnail Story Reel

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I’m developing my second Snuffy & Zoey cartoon and documenting my progress with a series of videos showing the stage of production I’m currently at. Titled “Animation Tip #1: Thumbnail Story Reel” shows how I start the entire production process by scanning thumbnail storyboard panels and creating a basic story reel with sound and music.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

How To Draw Animation (Part 3): Overlapping Action! Secret Sauce of Animation!

In this tutorial, I show you advanced examples of overlapping action, a basic animation principle.

If you like this video, please leave a comment on YouTube...and if you like my channel and need a coffee mug or a T-shirt, check out:

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Squash and Stretch More Than Bouncing A Ball (Part One)

The first full episode of my YouTube series is now live!
If you enjoy it, please subscribe and leave a comment on my YouTube channel.
I'm now editing the next video, and as I plan on maintaining a weekly schedule, it will be posted on my channel Saturday, October 28.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Mission of My YouTube Channel

A young artist asked me, "What is the purpose of your YouTube channel?" My answer is simple...check out my channel's banner (seen below).


Saturday, October 7, 2017

John the Animator Guy Celestri Animation

Check out my YouTube playlist of some of my favorite animation clips!
If you like what you see, please leave your thoughts in the comment section below the video.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Announcement: John the Animator Guy Store Opened at

The John the Animator Guy mug is perfect for coffee, tea, or pencils!

YES, I finally got my online store up and running at 

I've kept my inventory basic, simple, and affordable. Besides mugs, you'll also find a wide variety of T-shirts for both women and men, tote bags, computer mousepads, and magnets.

Check it out...and if you've enjoyed (and found helpful) the information I've freely given you over the years here at my blog, please consider buying an item or two.

Thank you...and Keep Your Pencils Sharp!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

My YouTube Channel


I'm prepping my first animation video to launch my "John Celestri" YouTube channel in a month's time. It'll be a mix of information and new personal animation projects I'm creating... I hope you will visit me weekly at my old school 2D animation desk.

I'll make a formal announcement here when I'm ready to launch!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Snuffy and Zoey Website

I've developed an independent animation-centric website (separate from this one); and created the first in a series of short whimsical 2D web cartoons starring my characters Snuffy and Zoey. The website ( is now live. This "John The Animator Guy" blog will continue to be supported and I will be posting about the production process of my new cartoons.

The purpose of the new site is to freely share my knowledge and enthusiasm for classical 2D hand drawn animation with children ages 8 and under (and their young parents and/or grandparents); and, in so doing, present a positive way to express oneself creatively.

The limitations of Blogger forced me to launch a standalone website where I can have total control of the quality of the material I post...and also (perhaps) in the future have a small online store offering licensed merchandise of Snuffy and Zoey.

This is my contribution to helping keep the art of classical 2D animation alive. I guess I'm sort of an internet Johnny Appleseed of animation…you never where those scattered seeds will land or what kind of good fruit they will produce.