The best way to learn animation - How to animate 2D animation course [#001]

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in this video I'm going to share with

you what I think is the best way to

learn animation


and Ferdinand for animator Island

bringing you tips tricks and tutorials

to help you become a better animator if

you're just starting out these tips and

tricks will help you to understand and

master animation quicker if you have

already started but you're not quite

getting the progress that you want they

will guide you back on the right track

most of the time

beginners want to jump right into

animating full scenes with characters

talking interacting and fighting and who

knows what and I get that you want to

use animation to create amazing things

but jumping into the cold water

completely unprepared is often a recipe

for disaster I mean would you attempt to

fly a plane without knowing anything

about it clearly not

and while animation isn't quite as

dangerous you are creating a whole world

with living characters from scratch

that's huge a good animation consists

out of so many different things like

acting physics image composition

filmmaking character design body

language world building and much much

more even professionals use

step-by-step workflow so they don't have

to think about everything at once if

they can't do it why should you as a

beginner overwhelm yourself the secret

is to take everything one challenge

after the other and this is tip number

one to deliberately practice single

aspects of animation one after the other

you should do many small exercises that

tackle one challenge at a time by

isolating one aspect of animation you

can see much better if what you're doing

is working if you're making a mistake

it's much easier to spot and fix but how

do you know if what you're doing looks

how it's supposed to look well this

leads us to tip number two get feedback

from mentors and other artists people

more experienced than you they can spot

mistakes immediately and they can even

give you advice and how

you can fix it but you can even talk to

people that are on the same level as you

because they have to tackle the same

challenges and maybe they already have

figured something out that you haven't

maybe you can help them with something

else so finding other artists is

incredibly important and you can find

that either in animation schools or in

the Internet in facebook groups on

reddit you can post your animation in in

certain groups and get feedback so you

learned an aspect of animation got

feedback you make your improvements and

now you feel like you mastered that

aspect of animation what do you do now

you move on to the next challenge or you

add a challenge on top of it and this

leads us to tip number three increase

the difficulty step by step but what are

these steps and in which order should

you learn them to figure this out let's

separate animation into chunks that you

can learn separately from each other

many schools and books are separating

animation into three aspects I like to

call them the three forms of energy

because I feel like they in their own

way and sometimes invisible forces that

drive your motion they are physics life

and design learning physics in animation

is a little bit like learning how to

drive a stick shift car in the beginning

you will be completely overwhelmed

constantly thinking about what dear

should I be switching into but in just a

few weeks you will switch gears

automatically and you can fully focus on

the road

same with physics in animation after a

while you will put in the necessary

basics automatically leaving your head

free for creative choices if you are

leaving this form of energy too early

you will be able to tell ok stories may

be but your motions might look too light

or like they are floating so don't move

on from physics before you know

how objects fall from different heights

why different materials bounce

differently when something needs to

gradually speed up or slow down and how

loose elements lag behind and catch up

also you need to study how humans and

other creatures are dealing with those

physical forces that are constantly

pulling and pushing on them this field

is called body mechanics you master body

mechanics by animating characters

jumping dancing lifting weights and

going through obstacle courses if your

plan is to do animation on a

professional high quality level then you

need to master physics you need to do

most things right automatically and then

you can really focus on the other two

forms of energy sight note there are

animators creating animation that is not

physically accurate but I bet with you

that many of them could animate

physically realistically if they wanted

to and even if not if they're just using

animation to express themselves

emotionally then it's a different field

of animation you can become an amazing

artist without knowing physics of course

but if you want to work at a studio

physics is not optional the next form of

energy is life and this is really the

heart and soul of your animation this

energy is all about creating characters

that show realistic personalities and

believable behavior some of the things

that you have to master here is acting

body language a little bit of psychology

and emotions the last form of energy

design is dedicated to making your

animation more clear appealing and

polished on the one hand side good

design focuses on readable communication

it's all about how you present your

characters and their poses so it's

always clear who they are what they are

doing and how they are feeling at all


on the other hand side there is pure eye

candy some design principles are there

just to make your animation look nicer

it's important to note that design

doesn't mean that your animation has to

be conventionally beautiful all the time

it just has to be visually interesting

there should be something to capture

your audience's attention and if you're

thinking now hey that structure makes

sense I would like to learn animation

like that well you are in luck because

this is the first video of our big 2d

animation class in the next couple of

weeks and months we will be releasing

videos on this YouTube channel and on

animator Island comm that take you from

the basics all the way to advanced

animation techniques I'm an animator

from Germany and I always had an

incredible luck with my animation

education I learned at the film academy

baden-württemberg which i think was the

best thing that could happen to me I met

a lot of great teachers and mentors

there and and and studied with some

amazingly talented people and we all

were pushing each other learning from

each other it was an incredible time and

now I've worked on television series on

games on commercials and I want to pass

on some of my knowledge to everyone out

there because I understand that not

everyone has an animation school near

them or can afford even an online

animation school so that's why most

videos about the principles theories and

working methods will be completely free

however if you want to support me

financially and help me to get this

course done sooner rather than later you

can purchase premium tutorials for these

people who want to support me and who

want to practice more get results even

quicker then I would be very happy if

you would consider getting those bonus

tutorials if you want you can register

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on animator Island comm and you will

receive a bonus video in return in this

bonus video I'll show you a mindset that

will help you to learn animation quicker

and in the next video we're gonna have a

look at what software you can use as a

beginner to create amazing animation if

the video is out you can just click

there and watch it whether you're just

starting to learn animation or you want

to touch up on the basics I would be

very happy to see you in the 2d

animation class