Ruth Elliott
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Ruth Elliott

Ruth E.

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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn to make your drawings come alive! Whatever you decide, whether to begin with basic exercises in movement, or to plot out your own story from scratch to final video output, I can guide you through all the steps needed to produce animation. Making cartoons is never easy, but if you have persistence of vision and don't mind hard work, this is for YOU! Learn to 'See What You're Looking At' and discover the story YOU want to tell.
Whether your interest is traditional or digital art, I work with you to draw out your highest potential.
Please see some of my work on my profile page.

About Ruth E.

As an Emmy award winning animation artist with 27 years in the animation industry, I founded the non profit, EDU DESIGNS, to bring the arts back into schools. Check out my blog there for more information.

I created the first Art Textbook to reference Math Standards to help teachers without an art background share skills with students that expand their ability to see what they are looking at.

My art presentations, videos and lessons help thousands of teachers and students improve character development and increase motivation for learning.

Stories are a powerful vehicle to impact a child's mind and develop positive character. In the animation industry I brought other people's stories into being. Now I mentor younger artists to learn the skills required to bring their dreams into reality.


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13 Reviews
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Good tips.

Posted Aug 2, 2021
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Ruth was amazingly helpful. She was clear knowledgeable and a great communicator. She was able to solve all my issues and answer all my questions. I highly recommend her as a teacher for illustration

Posted Mar 29, 2021
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My 1st animation lesson with Ruthie was a BLAST! She had me share my project ideas in writing before we met so she had a sense of what I wanted to work on, and helped me clarify my vision. Even though I’m a beginner at animation, Ruthie used her expertise and wonderful teaching style to help me learn some basic skills with a new program so that I can try things on my own. I can’t wait for my next lesson! Thank you Ruthie!

Posted Mar 1, 2021
Dennis G.
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A gem of an instructor. Knowledgeable, pleasant and willing to teach. She first inquired what I wanted to accomplish and followed through with it. This had to be the best instructional hour I've had in Photoshop.

Posted Feb 9, 2021
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Ruth is the best animation teacher! I also take illustration and technical lessons in Adobe Animate with her, and she's been amazingly helpful in every one. She has so much knowledge about animation, and I can really see an improvement with my work. There are many helpful tips she has, whether it's about fluidity or anatomy or character design. To top it all off, she's friendly and sweet as well. Couldn't recommend her more!

Posted Jan 28, 2021
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Very talented, passionate and caring instructor! Highly recommend to anyone interested in animation, drawing, etc.

Posted Jan 26, 2021
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Wonderful experience!

Posted Oct 8, 2018
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Ruth brings her years of professional training & experience along with a humble, cheerful, teacherly personality. She is a jewel and I count myself very lucky to have found such a genuine & gifted artist.

Posted Feb 13, 2018
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Ruth is an absolute delight! She is not only talented but also kind which makes her a wonderful teacher. I would highly recommend her without any reservations!

Posted Jan 6, 2018
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Posted Oct 29, 2017
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Declan LOVED his lesson. He wants to do it daily. He's very inspired! He's very excited to continue and learn. How great for us!

Posted Jul 27, 2017
Satyam Pal
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Do I really have to give review after giving 5 star?
But this is for those who need it,
First of all she is classical former Disney artist and for the basics it's necessary to learn 2d in today's time.
Ruth mentored me from the beginning of my career and I have learned a lot, she is so caring, kind and loving. I will recommend you to take lesson from her
You will get the best knowledge out of her, whatever I'm today is because of her.

Posted Mar 19, 2017
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Quite honestly it's difficult for me to write a review that truly describes Ruth Elliot-Hilsdon, she is that talented an individual. I've known Ruth for several years now and I'm well aware of her outstanding career in animation. That said, as an educator, Ruth is phenomenal. Ruth worked with my daughter in animation. Her kind nurturing approach to teaching was amazing. My daughter learned, accomplished much and enjoyed the experience. Ruth is a delightful individual, a true professional and an individual dedicated to whatever goal she sets. I recommend her highly.

Posted Mar 18, 2017

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Animation Teaching and Production
Jan 2017 - Jun 2017

Connecticut Broadcasting Network

Animation teaching and production for High School Level students.

Animation, Assistant Animation, Layout, Storyboard, Flash Animation
May 1978 - Sep 2004

Various studios in Southern CA


Verified Screen Credits on IMDB
Feb 2002

Internet Movie Data Base

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VIP Member of WHO'S WHO
Sep 2012

Worldwide Who's Who

Award for Best Author
Jul 1999

Partnership Publishing

Emmy Award for the First Season of The Simpsons
Jul 1990

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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