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What is this course about?

About the author

About the author

Hi, I'm James Curran aka SlimJim Studios


I'm a British illustrator, animator and director based in Los Angeles with over 15 years experience in working on a wide variety of projects including video games, music videos, commercials, and print.

Most recently I've specialised in creating animated loops, regularly working with clients such as Samsung, eBay, Nike and Disney while also making many loops just for fun, including for my Gifathons – 30 GIFs in 30 days in New York City, Los Angeles, and Tokyo.



What will I learn in Animated Loops?


Loop Theory Try for free

Learn the fundamental theory behind creating great animated loops, then we'll get into the swing of things by creating your first looping animation with the basic shape of what will later become your character.


Loop Design

Expand your design into a fully rigged character, ready to throw into any kind of loop you can think of, by learning how to create simple character designs suitable for many different loop techniques. We'll also discuss best practices for creating loops that still look great after being put through the dreaded GIF compression.

Students' Homework

What will I be capable of after the Animated Loops with James Curran course?

Students' Showreel - 2020

Animated Loops with James Curran

What do our students say?

You will study from animators and Motion Designers from around the globe. Each of them is a professional in their own field, seasoned in production studios, freelance projects with big brands and stock footages. And right, we are also sweet.

Learn the fundamental principles behind making great animated loops, which can be applied to any style of animation

Smooth out your character animation with techniques for creating hypnotically fluid motion, useful for non-looping animation too.

Give your animations depth by learning to create convincing three-dimensional movements with your 2D characters.

Learn how to design and animate loops which always look great when posted to social media platforms.

Become a versatile loop animator, with several different looping animation techniques that can all be combined in any way you like to create your own loops.

Develop your own loop ideas further with exercises on how to find inspiration, using James’ many years of experience creating hundreds of his own animated loops.

Animated Loops with James Curran

An in depth course covering a wide variety of looping animation techniques in After Effects. You’ll learn how to design and animate hypnotic character based loops that people will want to watch again and again and again, forever.


You already have some experience working with the software and understand its basic principles. You are familiar with the interface.
You already have some experience working with the software and understand its basic principles. You are familiar with the interface.






Frequently asked questions

Will this course work for me if I know nothing about After Effects?

This course is created for people who already have some experience of working in After Effects. If you're a total After Effects beginner we recommend to complete our After Effects Fundamentals course first.

Where can I find After Effects?

You can find After Effects here: It will be enough to work with the trial version for some time, but we highly recommend buying a license.
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