Types of Animation

Hand Drawn animation:

Hand drawn animation or ‘Cel animation’ is a technique where each frame is drawn by hand, this process was very popular before digital animation and has been implemented in multiple ways such as Flip Books, and Film. It can be very time consuming as you would have to draw hundreds of pictures just to make a few seconds of animation, with the arrival of digital technology this technique has been enhanced, animators are able to add colour and effects to their hand drawn works without having to go over every single picture. It has also become a faster process as creators can edit photos in to make them look slightly different instead of having to draw several versions of the same image with subtle changes.



Clay animation, also known as Claymation, is a unique form of stop motion animation that uses clay, some well known Claymation characters are ‘Wallace and Gromit’ and the ‘California Raisins’

Production Process:

The production process of creating claymation animations is a long and complex one. Time management is key when producing claymation; if someone in the props department is late then the shooting cannot take place.

3D Animation:

3D animation takes a big step from 2D animation as you are now animating in a 3D environment, this means that you have to think about multiple surfaces, shapes are much different and require a different level of attention to animate. 3D animation is the most popular form of animation used in todays films, Developers will sometimes use special suits that actors can wear to motion track themselves, this footage can later be edited meaning that the animator just needs to put an overlay on the actor and all of the movement is already recorded (It is a lot more complex then this but that was a brief explanation).

Motion Graphics:

Motion graphics extend beyond the most commonly used methods of frame-by-frame footage and animation. Motion graphics can be distinguished from typical animation in that they are not strictly character driven or story based and often represent animated abstract shapes and forms such as logos or logo elements.

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