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Don’t Be Intimidated: Beginners can express their creativity

Chris Heron

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With an app like Animation Desk, there are so many ways to express your creativity. While this brings up so many opportunities to explore your creative ideas, it can be overwhelming for people that are new to animating. Whether you are improving your art and want to get the most out of your animations, or are brand new and want to express your creativity to the fullest, here are some tips you can use for Animation Desk:

Get used to the App: Brushes, Layers, Motion

With the Creativity 365 subscription you will be able to use over 20+ brushes that let you experiment with different textures. Start with a simple brush and try each one out  until you find the style that works best.

Once you get comfortable with your selected brushes, it’s time to move on to the layer work. Working with different layers allows you to add or change parts of your drawing without losing your original idea. With our new feature “Onion skin” you will now be able to see several frames at ones. This also is very useful when you want to show a progression in your animation.

As you continue to make these progressions in your animation, the image will begin to create a flow as one image transforms to another. With each new picture, you will begin to see your animation come to life!

Make a Video/Template into your Own Animation

If you are not interested in starting you animation from scratch, you can always begin with one of our templates. A template gives you a solid structure to start with, but still allows you to make a variety of changes to make the animation your own. While you are using these to help, you can also practice this tool called rotoscoping. This is also a perfect opportunity to use our holiday templates, where we give away prizes to some of the most creative animators. Check out our Halloween template below!


Get Inspiration From Our Instagram Account and AniZone

If you have the urge to continue animating, but are caught in a creative rut, we’ve got you covered. There are a couple different ways that you can get your creative juices flowing. The first is by visiting our Instagram page, where we consistently post submitted animations. Not only can this spark a new idea for your next animation, but you can see all of the tools and styles used by others to improve your creations.

You’ll see that even the most simple concepts can flourish into great animations.

Like someone walking:

A simple smile:

Or even just counting to 5:

After you start to get some ideas, you can also head over to AniZone, where you can upload all of your great animations and compare your work to other creative minds like yours. At the end of each year, we hold a “Best of the Best” contest where we choose our favorite animations based on creativity, style, and originality.

You don’t have to be Pablo Picasso to be a great animator. The tools provided in Animation Desk make it so easy to explore your creativity while on the go, or just have a relaxing time doodling at home. Whatever your reason is, you shouldn’t be intimidated to start; and when you feel ready, send us your work so we can see your creations!

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Chris Heron

A recent graduate of Juniata College (2018), Chris majored in Economics with a minor in Communication while he was also a member of the school's men's volleyball team. Chris currently resides in Taiwan, where he is a Global Marketing Specialist at Kdan. While in Taiwan, Chris is also working to implement his own brand into the asian market.

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