STEP BY STEP ANIMATION



When a client contacts Big Digital Fox many times they do not know what they need for their project, here we will help you select the technique you need, and at the same time we help you create your own design. Before explaining exactly what animation is step by step, we must open our minds and expand our knowledge.


An animation is still a set of images that give the sensation of movement. In audiovisual design, images are called a frame, and in some cases those frames together with the bones, meshes and camera position achieve the effect we are looking for.



3 Types of digital animation



TRADITIONAL ANIMATION



It can also be called "cell animation", this name comes from its technique, since you draw each frame on a transparent sheet of acetate called cells. Currently technology supports this technique a lot, if you are an average draftsman and you have time, it will not be difficult to carry out a small project.


First, create a storyboard of your project, a simple action, if you are a beginner and want to practice create the scene of Micky Mouse on the boat from minute 0:30 to 0:42





Click on Micky Mouse to go to the video



Choose an overlay sheet and draw the first scene, then trace it into your script with the support of a spotlight. Once finished, add the overlay sheet on top of the first one, draw the second shot or second frame and repeat the action. The more you draw a scene, the better it will look, that means that at least one frame per second will have to be drawn, except for some actions. For example; a punch can skip five frames from one shot to another.


Experience will teach you many ways to use this technique, do not hesitate to investigate and there will come a time where you will not even need acetate sheets for your animations.






Click on Hulk of The Avengers to go to the video



In what kind of projects can I use this drawing technique? If you have an organic brand and a quick idea to make, this technique is expensive, you will not attract a young audience, but a creative one.



2D ANIMATION OR VECTOR ANIMATION



This technique has two different methods, one of them is very similar to traditional animation, but digital. First, create a storyboard of your project, a simple action, if you are a beginner and want to practice create the scene of a ball bouncing against the ground. It seems simple, but a ball has many animated actions, remember that animation is not real, you have to play with your mind. First it will have to fall, and when the ball falls it stretches down very subtle, once it reaches its destination it flattens and bounces again this time up or to the side.





Click on the bouncing ball to go to the video





The first 2D technique is to create this feeling frame by frame, there are programs like Toonz or animation paper.





Instead of making pictures frame by frame, we will use some bones that will help our drawing or vector to move, and in each frame we will have to move it slightly to give the sensation of mobility.





Click on the picture to go to the 2D animation video



Some of the programs used for this are:



SYNFIG





CARTOON ANIMATOR





CELACTION 2D



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