Beginning Animation

Hey guys i would like to start animating but have no real idea how to start it. Do you got ideas of how or what a beginner should learn to animate? And would you recommend books? Thx for your attention
Nils Kuhl on August 05 at 02:58 PM in Animation
Thx to all of you. This is such an amazing side for a beginner. I started by using photoshop and flipping paper a few days ago so yeah starting. We got the animators survival kit and illsuion of life at my internship and wow holymoly i have to buy them 0.0 if a first animation is finished i try to upload it if i know how to do this xDD
on August 11 at 04:20 PM
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I agree with the other recommendations people have been leaving, so I'll just add that if you don't want to invest in digital tools or a lightbox right away... I had a good time animating on-the-go using a peg bar taped to a clear plastic clip-board, and a stack of hole-punched printer paper. Ideally it would be an acme-style peg bar, but the special paper can be expensive if you can't borrow someone's hole punch.

My favorite books are Drawn to Life Vol. I & II by Walt Stanchfield. My animation teacher said they were more about drawing than animating but I don't know... I think there's an important overlap. I find that I always work better after reading a couple lessons from it.
Nori Retherford on August 10 at 11:06 PM
Thx to all of you. This is such an amazing side for a beginner. I started by using photoshop and flipping paper a few days ago so yeah starting. We got the animators survival kit and illsuion of life at my internship and wow holymoly i have to buy them 0.0 if a first animation is finished i try to upload it if i know how to do this xDD
Nils Kuhl on August 11 at 04:21 PM
The illusion of life I have not read yet, but pretty much everyone I know that animates owns that book. I have character crash course by Eric Goldberg and that's really helpful if you want to do character animations specifically. I use opentoonz for software and it's pretty powerful for being free open source software. And it's very beginner friendly. Very basic easy to read level strips and X sheets. Only 2d though so if you want 3D blender and maya are good go tos 
Stephen Palmiter on August 05 at 09:29 PM
The Illusion of Life is a really great book. The chapter on the 12 Principles helped me learn them. For me, I find it's fun read for history, theory, Disney's process. I also highly recommend the Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams. It's really great for animation technique.
on August 08 at 12:06 PM
Animator's Survival Kit is a MUST have, even if youre doing 3D it still applies as it goes over the principles in detail.
on August 10 at 03:55 PM
If you're looking to start animating, I think it's easier now than ever before only because the technology that we have access too makes it so much more accessible.  All you really need is an animation app like animation desk to start putting stuff down.  i would say just go for it!  Animate any weird thing that might come to your mind and start feeling comfortable putting drawing together in a timeline.
 
You can also do animation in photoshop with the timeline tool.  TV Paint is a much more involved program which will alllow you to make an entire short.  But for starters, I recommend just keeping it super simple and easy.   Krita is another piece of software which is great and easy to use.  Look into all of these but don't get too overwhelmed. It all comes down to putting something on that blank sheet of paper and seeing what happens!  Once you get the animation bug, you're hooked for life haha. 
Mario Furmanczyk on August 10 at 03:52 PM
Here's a video series that really helped me. It's on the 12 principles of animation. It was very helpful for helping me have a basic understanding of animation.
 
12 Principles of Animation: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-bOh8btec4CXd2ya1NmSKpi92U_l6ZJd
 
Its a good playlist for learning some basics.
Nick Chowa on August 05 at 03:55 PM
I agree with Nick, Alan Becker's videos explain the 12 principles very well.
on August 08 at 12:10 PM