Stop Motion Doodles: Create improvised animations with 3 fun exercises | Maartje Simons | Skillshare

Stop Motion Doodles: Create improvised animations with 3 fun exercises

Maartje Simons, Animator, composer, drummer

Stop Motion Doodles: Create improvised animations with 3 fun exercises

Maartje Simons, Animator, composer, drummer

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6 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:51
    • 2. Class Project

      0:38
    • 3. Exercise 1 - Toys

      4:19
    • 4. Exercise 2 - Whiteboard

      4:34
    • 5. Exercise 3 - Clay

      5:57
    • 6. Some Final Thoughts

      0:54
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Being a creative person (and yes I'm talking about you too!), it's nice to make something new. However, it can be daunting to start something from scratch. Fear can be in the way. You're thinking; 'Is it going to be good enough?', 'Am I good enough?', 'Will people like what I make?'...

The best way to overcome fear is just start making something without thinking about how the end result is going to look like!

For people who draw, a sketchbook is their best friend. It's like a diary that nobody will ever read (unless you give someone permission). You can safely make little drawings, sketches or the word I prefer is 'doodles' and it doesn't even have to be great.

Doodling frees the mind, makes you feel at ease and sometimes you suddenly get inspired and know what your next project is going to be.

As an animator doodling is a bit more tricky, because animation usually takes a lot of time. However, there are some ways to doodle as an animator.

I'm Maartje Simons, a 2d animator from the Netherlands and in this class I will provide you with 3 exercises to make very simple stop motion animation doodles. The process is gonna be more important than the end result and it doesn't take a lot of time and preparation. You can do this alone or together with someone else and make it into a little game! (this is how I started doing this)

This class is NOT a 'how to animate class'. But I've made it simple enough so that everyone can join! This class is about playing, improvising and simply having fun being creative. This class can inspire you to think 'out of the box' and make silly animations.

Let's get started!

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Maartje Simons

Animator, composer, drummer

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I'm a Dutch creative in the field of animation, art and music. I've graduated as a drummer and after playing and touring with several bands I decided to make my own children's storytelling show using my own animations, compositions and illustrations. Since then I'm dedicating my life to animation, art, composing and drumming under the company name Life On Marzj

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1. Introduction: Being a creative person. And yes, I'm talking about you too It's nice to make something new. However, it can be daunting to start something from scratch. Fear can be in the way you're thinking. Is it going to be good enough? Am I good enough? Will people like what I make the best way to overcome fear is just start making something without thinking about how the end result is going to look like. For people who draw, a sketchbook is their best friend, it’s like a diary that nobody will ever read. Unless you give someone permission, you can safely make little drawing sketches. Or the word I prefer is doodles. And it doesn't even have to be great. Doodeling frees the mind, makes you feel at ease and sometimes you suddenly get inspired and know what your next project is going to be. As an animator, doodling is a bit more tricky because animation usually takes a lot of time. However, there are some ways to doodle as an animator. I'm Maaartje Simons a 2D animator from the Netherlands. And in this class, I will provide you with three exercises to make very simple stop motion animation doodles. The process is going to be more important than the end result, and it doesn't take a lot of time and preparation. You can do this alone or together with someone else and challenge each other. This is how I started doing this. This class is not a ‘how to animate ‘ class, but I've made it simple so that everyone can join. This class is about playing, improvising and simply having fun, being creative. This class can inspire you to think out of the box and make silly animations. Let's get started. 2. Class Project: You're going to create at least three animation doodles. The idea is that you're not going to prepare and think too much, but just start and let it happen. I'm using the app stop-motion studio on my smart phone. You can download this app for free at both Android and Apple smartphones. I’m giving examples what you can do. But it's best if you don't copy me and make your own variations. 3. Exercise 1 - Toys: In this exercise, you're going to animate with toys. If you don't have toys, Maybe you can borrow or choose something else you can find in your house like scissors, pens or kitchen tools. Choose two characters to begin with. For example, two dolls or one doll and one animal, or a pair of scissors and a fork. Pick a background. A cough, the garden where ever you like, make sure you have enough light. Make a little setting. Maybe your animation start with only one character and the other one walks in the setting later. Again, don't think too much, just start shooting pictures. And in-between the pictures you slightly move something and Again and again until you think it's long enough to see it as a short film, about five seconds or longer (depends how patient you are.) Most animation apps has a feature ‘onion skin’. In stop-motion studio it’s over here. When you push the slider just a little down, you can see your previous picture while you're moving your item for the next shot. Very handy. 4. Exercise 2 - Whiteboard: If you don't have a whiteboard or a blackboard, you can use a paper and pencil and you need to be able to erase after every drawing. In this exercise, I'm going to draw a simple creature. Again, don't copy me. Make something you like. through your phone with onion skin on. You can see the previous drawing and draw it again on your board, but change it a tiny little bit. Make a picture again, do this again and again until you have about five seconds of animation, look at what you've made. Maybe the creature is afraid, maybe there is another creature. What happens is up to you. It doesn't matter, just see where it goes while you're doing this exercise. 5. Exercise 3 - Clay: Get a lump of clay, start with making pictures of only this lump and then change the lump little by little until it becomes a shape. What happens next? Don't think, just make something and see where it goes. 6. Some Final Thoughts: This was absolute fun Wasn’t it?. I've made ridiculous animations that didn't make sense, but I love doing it anyway. If you like, you can share your animation doodles at the class project page. The best way is to upload your animations as a .GIF Or you can also share your doodles at your Instagram account. Please don't forget to hashtag me so that I can see your creations. I'm sharing my doodles on my Instagram account Life On Marzj If you like, you can take a look for some inspiration. And let me invite you to go to one of my other classes here at SkillShare. If you'd like to learn to work with the app Stop Motion studio, or if you'd like to learn how to write a story with animations. Thank you for taking this class and happy doodling.