In the current creative industry, there is four main style of animation you can learn to create. Expose yourself to these four genres of animation so you can better understand and appreciate animations in a different form.

Learn to Create 4 Main Types of Animations

1. Flipbook Animations

Flipbook animation is a straightforward way that creates animation purely with pencil, eraser and a stack of drawing pads such as post-it pads.

This style can be very innovative and creative as you can draw anything you can think of.

  1. Pros: You can make use of the existing drawing skill, and you can start immediately. This method gets you to churn out the rough idea you have for animation very easily.
2.Cons: You have to be prepared to redraw and erase when you make mistakes because you do not have an undo button for the style. Adding in details such as color and shading can be very time to consume because details have to be added to each page of your animation.
3. Industry: Seldom do creative house creates flipbook animations mainly because it is not easy to create quality flipbook animation. As flipbook animation is an ancient technique, it is not efficient to create one.

2. Stop Motion Animation

Stop motion animation makes use of puppet and physical objects to create animation. You can start with using toys and posable puppet and capture them as photo images. Once you capture all the photo, you use a video editing software to compile these pictures into a moving image video.

  1. Pros: The visual of the animation looks relatively appealing if you are using puppet because they look real life. All asset is physical, and there are not many tools to learn other than pressing a button to capture the photo.

2. Cons: Posing the frame of the puppet by frame might be tedious and not accurate if the puppet is not placed correctly compared to the previous frame. A puppet representing to fly or jump can be tough too, so you need to be a little more creative in the execution when it comes to creating stop motion animation.

3. Industry:  We see movies created using stop motion animation. Frankenweenie is examples of stop motion films. These methods are not a modern style of animation because of the cost and human resources to create frame by frame animation.

3. 2D Animation

2D Animation is a digital method of the flipbook animation where visuals are created by drawing in software. Drawing skills are preferably required, but there are a lot of helpful tools within software that helps you to draw faster. The animation will look much smoother because you can adjust the timing of your animation quickly.

  1. Pros: Animation can be created efficiently, and there is also saving and loading functions which help you backup your work. Using a 2D software, your animation can look more polished because you can add in more details and visual effects.

2. Cons: You will need to be skillful in using computers and invest in buying the Computer and the software. The learning curve can get steeper with 2D software when it comes to using the right tool to achieve the relevant result because sometimes there are just too many tools available for you.

3. Industry: Anime and cartoon series on TV is the excellent example of 2D animations. 2D animation is very popular in the creative industry because it has its target audience. Some web games are also created using the style as it can be integrated into web applications and games. The 2D animators are versatile because they can apply their animation on many platforms from the multimedia to broadcast video.

4. 3D Animation

3D animation creates animation using three-dimensional virtual space and has potential to create realistic and aesthetically stunning visual. The 3D software can do so because of its calculation which can render images as realistic as real life images. This is why many of the block buster movies such as Transformers and Batman make use of 3D software technologies to bring fantasy stories to life.

  1. Pros: Final artwork can be very realistic and real. 3D software makes this possible because of some tools made available for the artist to use. Tools such as lighting, rendering calculation, bone structure, etc. are some examples of power tools to create animation.

2. Cons: With the amount of tools made available to the artist, the learning curve to understand the 3D software can be tough if you try to learn it yourself. It is highly advised to learn 3D software by guidance or taking up a course to speed up the learning process. The 3D software is also expensive to start with. As a student with no income, it can be quite a tough decision to make on top of the handful of software to the choose from.

3. Industry: The 3D animation is not efficient for small projects, it can be very effective for large scale film or game projects.

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