Additional skills to help young animators grow.
Learn to draw.
Develop a foundational understanding of important principles that translate into the world of animating by mastering the basics of cartooning and drawing. Start with drawing tools like the Brush, Pen, Ellipsis and Pencil in Adobe Illustrator and Animate to practice linework and create shapes. Then use film tools like Camera to add dynamic movement.
Play with vectors and patterns.
Vector and pattern art are powerful tools in an animator’s toolkit. Because it’s based on equations, rather than pixels and doodles, vector art can be resized and animated quickly and easily. Young artists who learn how to use vectors and patterns will have a more varied set of animation skills.
Before a film can begin to take shape, the structure of the story has to be in place. For animators, that starts with storyboarding. Understanding composition, perspective and the other principles of storyboarding helps young animators create a plan and form for their ideas, before they actually start animating.
Explore stop motion.
Rotoscoping is the animation method of tracing over live video footage to create moving pictures. Rotoscoping can increase the skill of an animator or help them capture specific movements more accurately. Animate lets users import video into their animation for easy tracing. First, make a simple GIF using a rotoscope technique. A similar frame-by-frame animation style is also the key to creating a stop motion animation.
Creating cartoon videos or animated characters may seem challenging, but with a workflow geared toward growing skills, Animate makes animation video creation accessible. With passion, practice and the tools to succeed, cartoon makers of all ages can unlock their creative potential.