Best animation exercise for beginners
Have you always been curious about 2D animation?
This FREE animation tutorial is a great start for learning how to animate.
Do this animation exercise from our 2D animation class for beginners and get a feeling for some of the most important principles of animation in just 35 minutes!
Free animation software
You can start animating right now, because the app in this tutorial is completely free: OpenToonz
OpenToonz is based on commercial software that was used in professional productions e.g. by Hayao Myasaki’s Studio Ghibli. Because of that history it has become an extremely powerful and professional software.
However, some advanced concepts in this animation software can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why such a simple animation exercise is perfect for beginners: You learn the basics of OpenToonz and some principles of animation at the same time without too much frustration. Once you get into the part of this tutorial where we use the straight-ahead method, it might even become relaxing!
Starting to learn how to animate has never been cheaper. This professional level animation software is open-source and maintained by a community – and therefor completely free!
Want to learn even more?
Becoming a good animator takes lots of practice. But don’t worry if you don’t know where to start! I have a free 2D animation class and affordable in-depth premium lessons to help you build a solid foundation for your animation skills.
When you are ready for the next step, I recommend this premium tutorial: The Basics of Physics – Weight and Impact
Table of Contents
This is a list of all the steps in the animation workflow presented in this video.
While playing the video above, click on a chapter to jump to that place in the animation tutorial and learn more about that specific technique or principle of animation:
Ready for the next level?
In animation it’s not enough to just make things move – they need to move in a believable way.
For example, you need to learn how the laws of physics cause light and heavy elements to move differently.
This premium lesson will help you to master the most important laws of physics for animation:
Basics of Physics for character animation
Discover how to create the illusion of weight in animation and put together a fun character animation step by step in our premium lesson about animation physics.
Alternatively you can find more free lessons in our 2D animation class series.