Intro to 2D Animation: Frame-by-Frame for Beginners | Jack Grayson | Skillshare

Intro to 2D Animation: Frame-by-Frame for Beginners

Jack Grayson, Animator & Illustrator

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8 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Hello!

      1:55
    • 2. The Basics - Navigating Your Software

      7:07
    • 3. Planning Your Movement - Extreme Drawings

      4:32
    • 4. Making it Look Real - Breakdowns

      2:41
    • 5. Filling in the Gaps - Inbetweens

      2:26
    • 6. Smooth as Butter - Easing

      3:03
    • 7. Finishing Touches - Colouring,Looping & Exporting

      8:34
    • 8. You did it!

      1:35
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About This Class

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In this Skillshare class you will learn the basics of 2D frame-by-frame animation and animation in
general. Classes will cover the fundamental ideas of animation including key topics such as frame
rates and navigating the software we will be using; Adobe Animate CC!


As the lessons progress, we will delve further into techniques that are used to create 2D animations,
including extreme drawings, breakdown drawings and inbetweening. You will learn what these terms
mean, and how these steps can be used and manipulated to create exciting and unique animations
using your own characters!

For your class project, we will work on a short 2-3 second animation of your own original character
smiling and giving you a wave. Through doing this, we will cover all of the basics you need to know
to get started on your very own animations!

This class is geared towards illustrators and designers with little to no experience with animation
who are interested in getting into 2D animation and turning their illustrated characters into living,
breathing creations! It will also serve as a great refresher for those with some prior animation
experience who are looking to brush up on their fundamental skills.

Very little prior knowledge or experience is required, however, some recommended skills are:
- Ability to illustrate characters
- Experience drawing digitally


This class will be taught in Adobe Animate CC, so you will require access to this program. It is part of
the Adobe Creative Cloud, so if you already have a subscription to this you will have access to
download the most recent version of Adobe Animate CC. Alternatively, if you do not have a
subscription to Adobe CC, you can download a trial version here:
https://www.adobe.com/au/creativecloud/start-with-free-creativecloud.html
Another useful bit of software for this class is SWIVEL, a free software available form Newgrounds.com:
https://www.newgrounds.com/wiki/creator-resources/flash-resources/swivel

I can’t wait to get started with you!

- Jack