Skip to main content

2D character animation and Its sundry forms

As a follow-up to our previous blog HOW MICKEY MOUSE CAME TO OUR LIVES WITH 2D CHARACTER ANIMATION, this one will talk about the different types of 2D animation for all the lovers and enthusiasts of this animation form.
Cel or Traditional Animation
As the name suggests, a traditional form of animation where each frame is drawn by hand. Some traditional 2D animation studios use this technique where the objects are redrawn in each transparent sheet material called celluloid (where the name cel comes from).
We can categorize Cel Animation further, of how it evolved from various stages.
Here drawings are drawn straight into the computers without doing it on paper.
Very simple and easy to learn. In Path Animation an object moves along the lines of a predetermined path on the screen. It could be in a straight lines or a road full of curves. Usually the object may be resized or reshaped but the its form does’nt change.
Falls more under the category of 3D Animation, works equally well with 2D objects such as photos and illustrations.
An interesting technique where each frame is created by moving sand around on a back or front lighted piece of glass. The light contrast results in amazing effects in the animation.
Cut-out Animation
Another very traditional technique, pieces of paper or card fabrics are cut out, placed under a glass. The cut outs is slowly placed inside frames.
Onion Skinning – Cel animation is mainly created by using Onion skinning. A faint outline of the previous cel can be seen and changes for the next cel can be taken from here.
Tweening – The word originates from “in between”. Only the first and the last cel of an animation is selected and the rest of the in-between cels are calculated by the animation program.
Rotoscoping – Live video is traced to create realistic movement. Frames are traced singularly then the reel footage is removed leaving behind just the traced drawings.
These are some the 2D techniques used by various animated video companies and entertainment industry to bring to life remarkable characters and illustrious animated concepts.

Popular posts from this blog

5 Reasons Why Animation is Compelling to Younger Viewers

How important is it for you to capture the attention of the target audiences with relevant advertisements? Not so much, or your business depends upon it? I’m pretty sure it’s the second option, isn’t it? Static style of advertisements has been good enough, however since animation has been re-introduced in the market, animated videos offer exciting and effective ways to reap customers attention amongst the target audience of your brand/product. There are several animation companies, animation studios, motion graphics companies and graphic designing companies that have come up with a smart move to do business with the brands who have mostly younger viewers as their target audience. Why? Animation, irrespective of being 2D or 3D animation, has a very influential and long-lasting impression on the younger viewers. Still wondering why is it that animation is so highly recommended for the younger target audience? Well, here’s why… ANIMATED ADVERTISEMENTS ARE CAPTIVATING Have you ever compar…

Think before you approach an animation video company

You’ve been with us from our last article Make that perfect 2D animated video with the right animation video company. In this article, you will learn some additional factors you must keep in mind before you sign up with a 2D animation atlas on the studio for an explainer video. Factual Testimonials What do past clients have to say about the animation studio? Reviews, ratings, recommendations, and testimonials on their websites or LinkedIn profiles help determine this. Doing, this gives you the confidence to choose the production house without any hesitation.
Coherence and Responsibility A good animation studio will guide you properly when it comes to the selection of style for the video ( whiteboard animation, motion graphics, character animation ), duration and much more for the video. You know your company/brand better but a good studio will have expertise in the field. Make it a point to listen to their recommendations even in the case of disagreement. There are cases when an excellent v…

Creating characters in explainer videos: Behind the scenes action

While writing, reading or listening to a story, it’s characters that comprise the essence. In other words we relate the those characters, they have to ability to build a story or to completely knock it down. If done well, characters can be really inspiring and build a strong connection with your target audience in character animation videos. In this article, we present to you an exclusive sneak peek on how characters are created. Enjoy it! CUSTOMIZED CHARACTERS WORK BESTBefore you start sketching characters for an animated explainer video it’s best to craft custom characters aimed to your specific target audience. By this what we mean is, characters are customized keeping in mind how potential customers look at them and behave. Characters generate emotions and a strong connection from your target audience. But characters cannot be created overnight out of thin air. It’s not as simple as it may seem, creating and animating takes a lot of hard work. Developing that special connection withi…