Lesson 1: Free Computer Animation Software – Razzytack Animation Academy

Surprisingly, there is a lot of free computer animation software out there if you take the time to look for it. Unfortunately, some may not have the exact features you want or they may contain watermarks which can be kind of dissapointing.

For this course I have settled on three different software downloads. One for illustration (mostly backgrounds), one for editing, and one for actually animating your frames. None of them place watermarks on your work and they all contain the basic tools you need to make some pretty nice looking animation.

Paint Tool Sai – Illustration

The first software we are going to take a look at is Paint Tool Sai, one you may have already heard of. This is a popular free drawing software that many amateur artists and animators are familiar with. It’s easy to use and learn.

To access the site to download this software click here or copy and paste into your browser: https://painttool-sai.en.softo…

On their website make sure to click this button:

After this, your download will start and you will be redirected to a page showing you how to install Paint Tool Sai.

DaVinci Resolve 14 – Editing

DaVinci Resolve is an amazing editing software that surprisingly is free. Although it does come with a paid version that has a lot more advanced features. For this course, we will be using the free version.

Here is the link to the website: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/

In order to download, you must click the center download button which will cause a pop up to appear

Make sure you click on DaVince Resolve 14 and NOT DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio. The Studio version is only a free trial you will later have to pay for.

After you choose which version fits your operating system, you will be asked to input some information in order to begin downloading. After you have completed the form and submitted it, your software will begin downloading as a .zip file and you can install it yourself (if you have any questions on how to do so, email me or comment below).

OpenToonz – Animation

My favorite animation software that I’ve come across as of yet, and it’s free! OpenToonz is an absolutely amazing animation software that gives you a variety of different ways to animate in a very straightforward way. This software has also been used and customized by the notorious Studio Ghibli!

https://opentoonz.github.io/e/

Once you reach the home page, scroll down until you are able to find the download links

Click on OpenToonz, from there you will be redirected to the Terms of Use as well as the download links.

After you download, make sure to install it on your computer and you’re good to go!

Alternatives

The three programs shown above are the ones I’m going to be using in this course but you are more than welcome to use other programs if they work better for you.

Here are a few other programs you may want to check out:

Krita – Another free drawing program that is user friendly and has a lot of features to experiment with.

Clip Studio Paint – Not free but this is the drawing program that I personally use for my everyday art. Its very easy to learn and is used by many well established digital artists I follow.

Windows Movie Maker – Simple, free editing software most people are familiar with and may already come with your computer. Not a lot options to work with but will basically get you want you want.

Wax – Another free editing software with general features that are easy to learn and operate

Vegas Movie Studio – Editing software I typically use, not free, but very powerful tool for editing and making your videos look amazing.

Next Lesson

For now, feel free to browse through your programs and become familiar with the interface and features.

In the next lesson, I am going to go over a simple animation excersize to get you started.

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Free Online Animation Course – Razzytack Animation Academy

I’m excited to announce the introduction of Razzytack Animation Academy, a completely free online animation course for animators just starting out in the field.

Over the next few months I am going to be introducing step-by-step lesson plans that will teach you the basics of animation. I will provide tutorials, excersizes, videos, advice, as well as answering any questions you may have.

If you have ever wanted to learn how to animate but never knew where to start then this is the course for you.

And don’t worry, all of the software I will be using is free and open source so you don’t have to spend a dime to follow this course.

So The Software Is Free Too?

Yes!

Do not worry, I will make sure to only use easily accessible software that I can find that will be 100% free and legal.

You do not need to spend any money in order to start nimating although if you do wish to spend money on more advanced software I will provide links towards recommended software.

What’s In a Lesson Plan?

Each lesson will consist of a combination of videos, step-by-step tutorials, as well as excersizes for you to complete. We will start with the basics and as your skills improve, we can continue on with more advanced material.

Where Do I Sign Up?

It’s easy! All lesson plans will be put up directly onto the site. under the Razzytack Academy tab. You can bookmark this website in your browser or signup for email alerts that will notify you when a new lesson plan is out. You also will have the option to follow me on social media where I will also post updates, links, and other useful information on animation.

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Vegas Movie Studio Review – Excellent Editing Software at an Excellent Price

 

Product: Vegas Movie Studio 14
Price: $̶4̶9̶.̶9̶9̶ $37.99
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
Mac/PC: PC only
Subscription Service: No
My Rating: 7.5 out of 10

Vegas Movie Studio, Product Overview

The three go-to software products that I personally use almost every time I make an animation are, OpenToonz, Clip Studio Paint, and Vegas Movie Studio.

OpenToonz is where I do most of my actual animating but it still requires an editing program to compile it all together. Not only can I compile and edit my artwork, I can also add and edit audio directly in the software. It’s all user-friendly and super simple to use. Any skill type can navigate this program.

Something that I found helpful with Vegas, is that it allows me to really shorten the span of my pictures, which also for much smoother animation, which is why I idealize this particular software.

Isn’t There a Better Free Alternative?

Better and free are hard to come by in a sentence together in terms of software.

There is better software. There is free software. It’s generally hard to come across something that is both. The best compromise is generally something that is good as well as cheap, which is what this software is.

Compared to most other editing software out there, you get the most features at the best price when it comes to Vegas Movie Studio. You will have an attractive easy to use interface, superb audio and video editing tools, the ability to post directly to your favorite social media sites, and so much more. Not only that, it’s a well-known brand that many can vouch for which makes it a huge plus because you know it will be reliable and you will be able to easily find help if you get stuck on anything.

It’s Not Just Video Editing

The main feature of any video editing software is, of course, it’s ability to edit video. Not only is Vegas Movie Studio able to edit video, it also edits audio and comes with awesome effects to make your videos really pop.

Whether it’s a simple presentation you need to give, editing your own vlog, or putting together your next animation, Vegas has a wide selection of options for you to play with such as cool transitions, effects, and text animation.

You Forgot To Save!

Those of you who like to make things on your computer know the nightmare of your computer crashing and losing possibly hours of work because you forgot to hit save.

Worry no more! One of the things I absolutely love about Vegas Movie Studio is that it creates a backup file so that in case you didn’t get a chance to save before your computer shut down, you can still reopen your last unsaved project when you open Vegas again.

This feature has saved my butt more times than I can count.

In Conclusion, Great Software at a Great Price

Vegas Movie Studio is a great investment because it comes with a lot of features for an acceptable price. I highly recommend it since I use it myself on a regular basis. Go check it out on Amazon!

VEGAS Movie Studio 14 – Create videos fast and easy with this movie editing software – $37.99

For those looking for even more features at slightly higher price, check out:

VEGAS Movie Studio 14 Platinum – Perfect support for creative video editing – $47.99

or

VEGAS Movie Studio 14 Suite – The complete suite for video editing – $78.99

Comment down below with any questions you have or suggestions for another article, or you can email me

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Razzy


 

 

How To Get Views – YouTube

We all want to feel our fifteen seconds of fame, right? We all want to be recognized and have our talents shown to the world. Us, animators, want to see our hard work actually pay off in the form of views, likes, and comments. When it comes to how to get views, YouTube is your best bet.

Sure, there are plenty of other video sharing sites out there but YouTube is a recognizable platform with a large audience and active community. Also, it just makes sense to promote animated content on a site built for video content.

Consistent Content Is Important

In order to establish any sort of presence, you need content. That’s no question. Why are people going to come to your channel if there’s nothing there?

One video is a start but if you want to have any sort of presence you’re going to need more. And not just more, but regularly updating. Consistently remind people you exist. Spread out your content so people have to continuously check up on you if they want more.

A E S T H E T I C

People like looking at things, but most of all, they like looking at things that actually look good. Not just the videos themselves, but your entire channel. Make sure to spruce it up with a personalized banner. Create your own logo and thumbnails.

Don’t forget to make it you. Create your own brand tailored to your own individual personality. People want to hear what you have to say, not what they already hear and think themselves. Make it exciting, make it fun.

Mix Up Your Content, But Not Too Much

Having a variety of content is a great thing, but it is possible to overextend yourself. You may like dark, gritty, horror films as well as lighthearted and innocent children’s cartoons but creating a channel that has both can muddy up your channel content and actually hurt your chances of gaining followers.

You want people to have a clear idea of what your channel is about. It’s good to go off topic once in a while but be sure to stick to a solid path for the most part.

Annotations

Believe it or not, those annoying bubbles that pop up in videos asking you to subscribe or watch another video are actually a good thing. Reminding people to subscribe or like your content is actually a lot more effective than you might think.

As long as you aren’t obnoxious with your self-promotion, others shouldn’t mind too much.

Keep Active On Social Media

Social media isn’t just a time-waster. It connects you to an entire network of people who otherwise wouldn’t know you exist. Harnessing the power of social media allows you access to people all over the world. Being able to reach that many people means you are able to redirect them to your videos online.

So go ahead and set up other social media sites, use them to connect with other like-minded individuals to grow your fan base.

Keep Up With Keywords and Trends

This is a big must. I know a lot of us don’t like having to pander to demographics just to be heard but if you want your channel to be pushed out there you are going to need to incorporate some of the latest trends. Doing this will rank you better on Youtube as well as make others more likely to view your content. It doesn’t have to be anything to big and it may even be something you genuinely enjoy. Give it a shot.

Getting views on Youtube isn’t as easy as many people like to make it out to be. It takes hard work as well as a little of teeth grinding to get through. In the end, it will be worth it as you watch your subscriber and view counts soar.

Comment down below with any questions you have or suggestions for another article, or you can email me

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Razzy


 

Animation Software For Beginners – Where Do I Start?

I’ve touched on this topic of animation software for beginners a bit on several of my other articles but they were more about providing resources and info for a beginning animator rather than a flat list of software you could use. Which is why this post is going to strictly be about just software with a brief description of each.

Free or Paid? Which Is Better?

Obviously, when it comes to almost anything, higher quality products tend to be priced accordingly. Software is no different. There are a few exceptions and diamonds in the rough but you can more or less count on paid software being more professional and reliable.

For this list, I will be including whether a software is free or not. If it is not, I will try to post and discounts or other savings you could use.

Software List

Here we go, straight into the heart of the matter. A list of all adequate software that I feel may suit beginning animators:

Illusion Mage – Easy to use industry standard 3D animation software. Can be used for videos or even game creation. Comes with its own tutorials and training to teach you everything you need to know. The deluxe package includes an additional 4 free software at $77. The standard software alone is $47. Click here to check it out.

Do Ink – This software has a special place in my heart because it was the very first software I used to animate online. The website has switched over from making animations online to their Apple app but it still is a very fun and easy to learn program. It has been commonly been described as an easy to use version of Flash, which I believe holds very true. It currently cost $4.99 in the Apple store.

OpenToonz – This is the software I currently use to make all my animations. It’s pretty straightforward and there are plenty of tutorials and help online for you to get familiar with. There are even added features that can really help your animation seem so much more professional and stand out with cool special effects. This software is completely free.

VEGAS Movie Studio 14 – I use this software to do all my editing and it works great for me. It’s very simple to use and allows for some slight audio editing as well. Lots of resources available out there and well-known for its performance. No watermarks or weird limitations. Costs $49.99. You can get it here

Clip Studio Paint Pro – My drawing software of choice. It is capable of animation and there are tutorials to teach you although I prefer to use this for actual art as well as backgrounds for my animations. As far as good art software, this is possibly the one with the best features at the lowest price. This program currently costs $25.76 Get it here

Adobe Creative Cloud – Full package of really amazing industry standard programs that could take you through every process of animation, to editing, website design, audio, and any other media need. Except for the steep price tag. $49.99 a month or if you are a student $19.99 a month. I was a member for a year and love all the software that comes with it but I really do prefer to pay once up front and own the program rather than continuously give up money every month.

Sculptris – A great free starting program for learning the basics of 3D modeling and creating your own characters. Extremely basic but very informative.

Blender – An awesome free open-source 3D animation software that will help get you familiar with all the basics of 3D animating and even more advanced topics. It also contains its own game engine capable of creating your very own interactive content.

Daz 3D – A 3D animation suite that allows you to purchase extra assets if you wish. Easy to use yet still powerful and full of exciting features. Free

Toon Boom Harmony Essentials – Good Industry standard software that allows you to create professional smooth animation. $23 a month

WideoFree explainer video software that is quick and effective at getting your message across. Contains a massive library of assets for you to choose from.

Comment down below with any questions you have or suggestions for another article, or you can email me

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Razzy


 

How To Make 3D Animation – Where To Start

So you want to learn how to make 3D animation but don’t know where to start? Here are some beginner resources to help you get set up.

Before You Start

3D animation is a challenge but the payoff is worth it. You can create absolutely stunning stories and various forms of media with your own hands. But, before you jump straight into trying to make 3D animation you really should understand the basic principles of 2D animation. While you may want to take off and create the next Toy Story, remembering the core basics is extremely important. Without the fundamentals your precious 3D animations are going to fall apart.

Now, I’m not saying you have to master the art of 2D animation but do take the time to learn simple to really make your animations stand out.

With that said, let’s get straight into the actual 3D animation portion of this article.

Equipment

With 3D animation there really isn’t any way to get around it without technological help. The main things you need are:

A computer – Duh, this is where you will edit your videos, create models, and do all your actual animating. When deciding on a laptop or PC, opt for one with good graphics and adequate storage size

A drawing tablet – Not necessary, but extremely helpful to speed up your workflow. You can check out an article with advice on picking one out here

Software – Everyone has different needs and criteria when it comes to the correct software. Choose one that you feel will fit right for you.

Guidance – In order to get animating, you need to learn how to actually animate in general as well as with the software you’re using. Below I’ve included a few links to some great starter sites to check into.

Software

In order to animate. You need the correct software that will fit your needs and budget. Here is some great beginning software to get you headed in the right direction.

Illusion Mage – Easy to use industry standard 3D animation software. Can be used for videos or even game creation. Comes with its own tutorials and training to teach you everything you need to know.

Sculptris – A great free starting program for learning the basics of 3D modeling and creating your own characters. Extremely basic but very informative.

Blender – A great free open-source 3D animation software that will help get you familiar with all the basics of 3D animating and even more advanced topics. It also contains its own game engine capable of creating your very own interactive content.

Daz 3D – A free 3D animation suite that allows you to purchase extra assets if you wish. Easy to use yet still powerful and full of exciting features.

Autodesk Maya – If you are looking for something more professional and advanced, Autodesk Maya is a great program for you. This software can be useful in all forms of 3D animated media such as motion graphics and virtual reality. It even comes with a free trial so that you’d be able to test it out yourself.

Websites

Some useful websites to help you become a better animator:

Software Sites – Usually the software you use will have its own tutorials and resources available to you through its website. Make sure to check that out first and see what you can learn.

Principles of Traditional Animation Applied to 3D Computer Animation – This site is set up rather blandly but it sticks to the point and teaches you the basics of traditional animation and how it applies to 3D. Good resource to read up on.

Larry’s Toon Institute – This is a clear, easy-to-follow course that will teach you all the basics of animating, step-by-step.

Youtube – If all else fails, Youtube always has a diverse community of regular people offering their own tips and tricks for free as well as an awesome and supportive community. You would also be able to put up your own animations and receive critique.

Bloop Animation – Bloop Animation is a fantastic resource website with tons of content to help you learn and grow as an animator. They have free tutorials as well as paid courses that go more in-depth into certain programs and ideas.

The 11 Second Club – This website is home to a wonderful and vast community of 3D animators that allows you to show off your skills as well as compete with others to create animated shorts.

Comment down below with any questions you have or suggestions for another article, or you can email me

suggestions@amateur-animator-help.com

Razzy


 

Choosing a Computer Drawing Tablet (And Why You Need One)

Why do I need a computer drawing tablet? You might think to yourself. And why does this article so boldly assume that I do?

You’re right in thinking both those things and if I’m completely honest, you don’t need one. Anyone can animate using whatever method they choose, sometimes using whatever they have. You may not be able to afford a computer drawing tablet and that’s a perfectly valid reason that shouldn’t stop you from animating.

This article is here to explain why a drawing tablet is a great investment and something I highly recommend.

A drawing tablet is a tool. Many of you who have tried drawing or animating on a computer probably know the struggle of creating something you deem as respectable art. It’s hard. A drawing tablet is a tool that makes that task a lot easier.

Many websites out there will tell you that drawing on a drawing tablet is exactly like drawing on paper. When I first drew something on my tablet I was blown away by how not true that was. Most drawing tablets don’t have a ‘screen’ that you draw directly on. It works more like a laptop touch pad. You would be looking at the laptop screen while operating the pad. It’s awkward and clunky at first. But don’t get discouraged. With time, it can sometimes be even better than paper. And trust me, it is soooo much better than drawing with your laptop alone.

So, if you’re interested, maybe start saving some money up or aggressively hinting at friends and family at what you might want for the holidays.

Wacom

Let me just start here with the first thing that pops into everybodys mind when they think of drawing tablets. Wacom. I just want to remind you that this is not your only option.

Think of Wacom as you would any big name brand, they are very reliable and lots of people out there to tell you how great they are but that means money and in some cases that doesn’t always mean better. Wacom tablets are very pricey and there are many adequate alternatives out there.

I’m throwing this out there because I fell into the same line of thinking when I was younger; wacom was the standard, everything else wasn’t worth the ground it rested on. I saved so much money in order to get one for years and when I finally did, although I was happy with it, I couldn’t help but look back and feel a little regretful.

Computer drawing tablets are, in the end, about the ability to make art on a computer. Any brand can help you achieve that goal. And (almost) any brand will be a step up from your standard mouse or laptop.

I’m not saying, don’t get a wacom, just think through the other options out there as well.

What Are You Looking For?

Here are just some basics things you might want to look into when choosing your computer drawing tablet:

Size – You definitely want something that doesn’t feel too cramped to draw in, but in some cases bigger isn’t always better. Think whether you want it to be portable if you plan on bringing it around with you, or something more spacious to only use at home. Luckily, most tablets offer a wide range of sizes to choose from.

Accessories – Decide if the pen seems comfortable. Find out if the pen needs to be charged. Check if there is a wireless option for your tablet. Does it come with free or discounted software?

Pressure Sensitivity – How well does it respond to touch? The biggest difference between a drawing tablet and a mouse is that a drawing tablet can feel how hard you press to produce a thicker or darker line. Some tablets have higher sensitivity than others.

Price – What’s your budget? Remember, in a lot of cases, you get what you pay for, so don’t low ball too much but don’t spend over what you can afford. Maybe look into buying a used tablet.

Here are some good affordable tablets I picked out that seem suitable for people first choosing a computer drawing tablet.

Wacom Intuos Pro

I know, I know. I just made a whole rant bashing Wacom just a few minutes ago, yet here I am supporting them! The reason for that is this is the exact drawing tablet I use. I feel like it could only be fair to give you my exact thoughts on it.

This tablet was the first tablet I ever bought and it has served me perfectly for years. I absolutely love it.

You can customize how sensitive you want it to be, it works well with almost every program, it has ExpressKeys on the tablet and the pen which allow me to make shortcuts to speed up my art process. Wacom has been known to be very reliable with excellent customer service and since so many people use them it’s easy to find solutions to common problems online. There are some bugs here and there but they are easy to resolve.

I have a medium-sized tablet which measures as just a little smaller than my laptop which makes it really easy to carry around with me wherever I go.

One thing I noticed when I first got it is that the borders take up a lot of room which means limited drawing space, it’s not that bad and I can still draw comfortably but just make sure to check out the specs on your drawing tablet before purchasing it so there will be no surprises.

For a beginner this tablet is perfect. For someone on a budget, this tablet is not so perfect as its price tag spirals upward about 250$

If you’d still like to check it out, here is a link to the Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Small Tablet (PTH451) on Amazon for only $249.95

Huion INSPIROY Q11K

Personally I have not used this tablet, but through research I have found it rivals the Intuos Pro. Huion is an up and coming computer drawing tablet manufacturer that has also been getting glowing reviews with many happy customers.

One of the perks to this tablet is that it contains narrower borders which means an expanded drawing space while still taking up the same room. This drawing tablet also comes with shortcut keys to speed up your art process. It has the same pressure sensitivity as the Wacom equivalent and is compatible with most software. It also does come with wireless compatibility. The one thing I do find annoying with this tablet that goes with all Huion tablets is you have to charge the pen as well as the tablet. Honestly that’s really such a small thing I’m sure anyone could get used to it with time.

From all of that, I’d definitely recommend this tablet as it seems to have about the same features as an Intuos Pro at a third of the price, going at around 120$

Click here for $199.99

Huion 420 Drawing Tablet

Another Huion product. This tablet is very compact and easy to take with you although without much space to draw. Adequate pressure sensitivity with no wireless option or express keys. Its compatible with most software and overall a good product.

This computer drawing tablet costs 25$ which is why I’d highly recommend it to beginners. It does it’s job and it is a step up from your mouse or laptop touch pad and will get you into the feel of drawing with a tablet at an amazing price.

Get it on Amazon for $21.24

Here’s a link to a slightly different variation that comes as a kit containing other accessories (this one also has express keys on the tablet) It costs $29.99

Huion H420 USB Graphics Drawing Tablet Board Kit

Conclusion

I recommend seriously looking into buying yourself a drawing tablet if you haven’t already. There are so many options out there and you don’t always have to pick the priciest one to get the job done. Find something that works for you and makes you the most comfortable.

Comment down below with any questions you have or suggestions for another article, or you can email me

suggestions@amateur-animator-help.com

Razzy

How To Make Animated Videos – Choosing A Style

A lot of people want to know how to make animated videos, and this article is here to explain the different types of animated videos you may want to make as well as going a little more in-depth into each one. Each type requires different skills and even separate software in some cases. Each type has its own strengths and weaknesses which I am here to show you.

How To Make ‘Explainer Videos’

Explainer videos are probably the simplest form of animated video you can make. These types of animations are typically made using pre-made ‘sprites’ which are characters that can be easily moved and manipulated in order to convey whatever message you’d like. They are extremely simple to make and generally come with a vast library of resources from various sites providing the software. Explainer videos are mostly made in order to get a quick message across or to sell a product. But as a downside, are generally difficult to tell a real story with.

One such software I recommend is Wideo as it tends to have to most simple and comprehensive platform for this type of animation. They have a free option which is great if you’re just looking to try it out.

How to Create Sprite / Rigged Animation

If I’m completely honest, I’m not a huge fan of this animation type. To me it can be seen as awkward and rough even when done well. Some people like it though and it can have definite upsides.

Some notable examples of this animation type would be Teen Titans Go or Johnny Test. Both are 2D animated shows but they don’t employ traditional frame-by-frame 2D animation. Instead, they use ‘rigged’ characters. By that I mean, they create the characters section by section and later animate them by moving that section of the character (like an arm) instead of redrawing the moving part for each frame. The most obvious upside to this process is speed. You would save a lot of time and effort simply making adjustments to already drawn parts than having to constantly redraw. The downside would be that the animation would not appear as dynamic or natural as one might like.

How to Create 3D Animation

3D Animation can be absolutely stunning if done correctly. Some examples include Frozen or Miraculous Ladybug. It also uses the same idea as ‘sprites’ and ‘rigging’ although it allows for more room in regard to smoother dynamics and angles.

This animation type can lead to amazing results but it takes a lot of work. If you don’t put the effort in it will show. This animation type is great because there is so much room for expansion and exploration. A lot of this animation type requires massive amounts of prep work which can be fun and if done correctly makes the actual ‘animating’ so much easier and smoother. I recommend learning other animation styles first though in order to pick up the basics as starting with 3D can be overwhelming.

How To Make 2D ‘Traditional’ Animation

Traditional animation is, so far, my absolute favorite animation type to play with. It can be as basic or as complicated as you want it to be and there are so many directions and styles you can run with. If you’ve ever made a flip book in your life then you already know the basics of how 2D animation operates. You draw out a frame of something and then another frame slightly different and so on until you achieve the movement you want that object to take.

The downside to this is of course this can take a lot of time if you work purely on drawing each frame individually. You can speed up these processes with some computer programs but it does take a learning curve. My preferred program with fantastic resources (and its free!) is OpenToonz. The editing software I use is Sony Movie Studio 13 (not free).

Conclusion

Explainer videos: Super easy to make, not great for storytelling

Rigged animation: Saves time, not as smooth animation

3D animation: Lot of freedom, huge learning curve

Traditional animation: Time consuming, easier learning curve

In essence, do whatever you want. You like a style? Go for it. Don’t pursue a hobby you hate. Even if you’re bad at your chosen style, make what you want. No one has to see it and even if you choose to show it, if it makes you happy, their opinions don’t matter a bit.
Comment down below with any questions you have or suggestions for another article, or you can email me

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Razzy


 

 

About Amateur Animator Help

Hey! I see you’re here to read up a little more on why this site exists.

I’m also going to assume you’re here because you love making animation in your free time. The good news is so do I! This is my passion and I really do want to help you improve yourself using the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way. Maybe you’ve just gotten into the world of making your own animations and don’t know where to start or maybe you’ve been in it for a while and want some good recommendations on ways to improve. This site is for everyone and I hope you find anything you may need, if not, feel free to drop me a request on what you feel I should write about next.

WHY I LOVE ANIMATION

I love cartoons.

That’s right. I always have and always will. Lots of people find that weird. Cartoons are meant for small children with short attention spans, not grown women in their twenties (with short attention spans) like me. But those people are absolutely wrong. Cartoons are for anybody with an imagination. They’re for people who want to step out of the mundane thing known as “normal life” and into somewhere new and exciting with lovable characters and beautiful landscapes. Somewhere where you are allowed to be silly and over-the-top without worrying what others will think. People want to call that weird and want to discourage you to get you to “grow up”. But you know what? Weird is fun, and if weird makes you happy, go for it. Let them be boring, and just let them accept the weird that is you.

But I don’t just love cartoons, I love making them. And you’re reading this because you do too. For me, personally, this love came from both a passion for writing as well as a passion for making art and drawing my own characters. The idea to use my writing skills and drawing skills together to tell my stories was simply a natural progression. I’ve tried making comics, of course, since that uses the same concept, but there really is something incredible about watching your characters and story come to life and actually move around before your eyes.

Now, I’m not going to lie or sugarcoat this. Animation is tedious work. You don’t simply scribble some simple doodles and boom, animation. No, you want that story, you put in the effort, and you make it happen. Doing that involves hours of drawing out key frames, in-betweens, colors, landscapes, lip-syncing, effects and all that fun stuff. It’s hard, but it is worth it. Now, I’m not saying you have to start off huge. You don’t have to (and you shouldn’t) start off with a fully animated thirty minute cartoon. You can start with clips, animation memes, running sequences, music videos and whatever else you want. Try even partnering up with other animators online and make animations together. Animation isn’t excruciatingly hard or impossible, it can even be easy sometimes, it just takes a long time to make and I don’t want you to burn yourself out and get discouraged. Like I have been, way too many times. Even with all that, I still love this hobby and I think you will too.

WHY I MADE THIS WEBSITE

I made this website because I know how difficult it can be sometimes to find help or guidance when you want to start animating. Most websites geared for animators typically are there for professionals, people that it is assumed they learned all the ins and outs at a fancy art school. I’ve never been to an art school and you may not have either so it’s hard to find advice and resources as for an amateur doing this for fun. I want to help you because I know that feeling.

THE GOAL OF AMATEUR ANIMATION HELP

Amateur Animation Help is here to list all the resources there are on the internet for people who want to animate but don’t want to or can’t pursue that passion professionally at the moment.

I want to provide reviews for animation software and refer animation communities from an amateur perspective as well as any other resources and tips I can provide.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Razzy

admin@amateur-animator-help.com