Maria Lia Malandrino

Story / Illustration / Animation



Animate your Artwork with an iPad


Class has been published!! You can find it here: - Please pop by I'd love to hear your feedback!


In this class I'll show you how to animate an illustration with simple looped movements and create a gif that can be used for avatar pics, social media banners and many other purposes!

Have you always wanted to bring your digital artwork and portraits to life with simple animations? Then this is the class for you!

Animation is a complex topic, but in this beginner course I’ll approach it in the simplest way possible - by showing you exactly how to animate specific parts of the body: eyes, mouth, hair, all the elements that you might need to add motion to a still portrait.


In this class I’ll be using Procreate to sketch out and colour some parts of the illustration and Rough Animator to animate the final gif. If you don’t want to buy the apps (although I do recommend it as they are rather inexpensive for the tools they provide) you can use free drawing resources such as Autodesk Sketchbook or Adobe Photoshop Sketch. For the animation part however I haven’t found another frame by frame animation app, so I would recommend to get Rough Animator as it’s only $5.

Let’s get started

If you’re wondering what can you do with an animated portrait once you have completed this class, wonder no more! You can upload looped videos to Facebook profile pictures and banners, which is a clever little thing you can do for your personal profile as well as for your business or page! If you’re looking to engage your followers on social media I can assure you a still picture that comes to life unexpectedly is going to leave them dazzled.

And that’s not all: you can use this class to make the very first steps into animation and perhaps then continue to study and become a pro animator! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s start drawing and animating!

For the full course outline click here!


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