A Beginner’s Guide to Animation

A Beginner’s Guide to Animation

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Class Description


Have you ever wondered how your favorite cartoons are animated? In this course, a Beginner’s Guide to Animation, you will learn character construction and design, acting in animation and the twelve principles of animation through engaging animated practice examples. Students will learn how to create their own animated flip book.


Class Requirements


A computer or laptop that can run Zoom.


Class Supplies


Paper, pencils, small pads of sticky note paper.



Question 1<br /> What if I want to learn how to create animation with 2d or 3d computer software?

Answer 1
The process I will be covering is the beginner’s basics of animation. The process and principles of animation will apply to both traditional and to computer animation. Learning how to do animation with a computer program, such as Toon Boom harmony (2d) or Maya (3d), for example, would need to be covered in another class entirely.

Question 2<br /> Do I need to be an artist to learn how to do animation?

Answer 2
In the early days of traditional animation, you needed to be a skilled artist. With the rise of computer animation, it is the Character Designer who will draw the characters and send them to the animators to do the rigging and then animate the characters. For this class I will show you how to create simple characters with basic shapes, so you don’t need years of artist skills under your belt to do this class. Of course, if you are an artist, you should have fun with this class!