Animation is the process of creating the illusion of motion and change by rapidly displaying a sequence of static images that minimally differ from each other. This art form can be seen in various media, including television, films, video games, and online content.

Description and How to Do It

Animation can be created through various techniques, such as traditional hand-drawn animation, stop-motion, or computer-generated imagery (CGI). It involves creating a series of images or frames, and when played in sequence, these frames create the illusion of movement.


  • Creativity and Storytelling: Encourages artistic expression and narrative development.
  • Technical Skills: Develops skills in software and animation tools.
  • Patience and Attention to Detail: Requires a high level of precision and patience.
  • Problem-Solving: Involves overcoming technical and narrative challenges.

Best Age to Start

Children can start experimenting with simple animation techniques from around 10 years old, with more complex skills developed in their teens.


  • Websites: Animation Mentor for courses and tutorials.
  • YouTube: Channels like Blender Guru for learning 3D animation.
  • Books: “The Animator’s Survival Kit” by Richard Williams (available on Amazon).

Equipment and Costs

  • Computer with sufficient specs: $500-$2000.
  • Animation Software: Some are free (like Blender), others have monthly subscriptions (like Adobe Animate – $20-$50 per month).
  • Drawing Tablet (for hand-drawn animation): $50-$300.
  • Learning Materials and Courses: Prices vary.

Starting Tips

  • Begin with basic principles of animation like squash and stretch, timing, and anticipation.
  • Practice creating short animations to understand the process.
  • Study animations you admire to understand styles and techniques.

Recommended Practice Frequency

Regular practice, ideally several times a week, is crucial for honing animation skills.

Requirements/Tasks for Mastery

  • Master various animation techniques and software.
  • Create a portfolio of diverse animation work showcasing different styles and techniques.
  • Gain recognition through film festivals, awards, or industry acknowledgement.

Famous Animators

  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Walt Disney