Want to bring joy to an animator?
Here are some gift ideas for your favorite creative people!
This is basically a shopping list of things that we either own ourselves and can highly recommend – or something that we really, really want ourselves. Seriously, I will print it out and give this list to anyone who asks what I want for Christmas.
And since we are all highly busy with Christmas deadlines, some of these a purely digital, so they make ideal last minute gifts for animator friends.
Price range goes from $10 – $40
Premium rigs – waiting to be animated
Sure, there are some amazing free 3D rigs out there, but it can get quite boring to always animate Morpheus or Eleven.
These premium rigs add some welcome variety to any character collection. They are thoughtfully built and packed with features and controllers.
Animating on Pixar level for a demoreel or the 11secondclub is a blast with these characters:
Some handy digital tools to make the life of a digital artist easier.
With Lazy Nezumi Pro you can draw smooth lines in any application – even ones that don’t support line smoothing. The behavior of the line smoothing is highly customizable and it also features a bunch of perspective grids for very convincing background art.
There is also a decent tool for perspective grids.
While most animation work is done digitally nowadays, it can be really refreshing to do something analogue every now and then.
Palomino Blackwing Pencil
This is the pencil brand Chuck Jones and Don Bluth used. A very soft pencil that allows you to draw and write extremely quickly and with high contrast. The flat eraser keeps it from rolling down a drawing board.
While any other Faber Castell pencil is cheaper and of the same quality, it’s still an amazing feeling to draw with the pencil that the master’s used.
It can be quite an amazing experience to have a little tangible model of your own characters in front of you. Super Sculpey is a go-to brand for many modelers to create small and big character models. After a little bit of a learning curve, sculpting can be very relaxing and rewarding.
Tip: Get a set of sculpting tools as well. They will make detailed work and removing fingerprints so much easier.
Books that inspire
Here are some recommendations for books. Some of them are known classics, but all of them useful and inspiring:
Merch can be the perfect gift
Any animator is a fan of some film or series. Help them celebrate their favorite world and characters with some figurines or other merch.
Tip: Look on etsy.com for merch handcrafted by fans!
Cool stuff for animators only
And of course this list wouldn’t be complete without our very own animation lifestyle creations. These fun items feature some inside jokes only an animator can appreciate. Surprise your friends and support Animator Island at the same time!