2D animation is the art of creating movement in a two-dimensional space. This includes characters, creatures, FX and backgrounds.
mainstream 2D production has evolved from hand drawn processes using pencil and paper to the implementation of digital techniques using computer software like Toon Boom Harmony or Adobe After Effects.
2D Animation Today
“Animation is used for everything online (advertising, entertainment), even if you don't realize it initially,” says Scott Claus, 2D Animation Mentor at CG Spectrum. “The medium is evolving quickly. Television animation has taken off, and streaming services are constantly looking for new content.”
Demand for 2D animators who can create entertaining and engaging content has grown significantly in the last decade. There’s a need for skilled and enthusiastic artists who love motion graphics and are adept at creating original and appealing content.
What Does a 2D Animator Do?
This job is just one part of the production pipeline, which is divided into three parts: pre-production, production and post-production:
In pre-production, a project is in its early stages and the team may be working on story and character development, writing scripts, recording dialogue, storyboarding, background layout, and character animation.
In the production stage, animators breathe life into their characters and objects by giving them movement. The figures are then colored and processed (“digital ink and paint”) and composited over their appropriate backgrounds.
Post-production is the final stages of adding sound and editing to ensure the project looks sharp and flows seamlessly, and then it is exported in the final format.
There is a range of software to choose from. However, if you are looking at animating professionally, learn to use industry-standard software that major studios are using. It will increase your chances of getting hired.
Software commonly used by professionals include:
- Toon Boom Harmony
- Toon Boom Storyboard Pro
- Adobe After Effects
- dobe Photoshop
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