You might have heard before that we can’t enjoy the work unless we are interested in it. But, what if I told you about the animation? Does the same thing applies there? I don’t think so. Animation is the process, where a person can avail the benefits of both – the entertainment and a good career at the same time. No matter, whether you are interested or not, a job like this can boost your inner zeal in a quick instance.
While the global economy is facing various ups and down, animation is the only industry that is still growing continuously at brisk pace around the world. If you have oodles of imagination, originality and creativity, then opting a career in animation is certainly the right choice for you. If you remember assignments like Kung Fu Panda, Ice Age, Narnia, and the latest Avatar are the best examples that have been accomplished with the aid of animation.
Thanks to Mr. Charles Emile Reynaud, a science teacher in France who let us knew about such a thing by projecting first animation on screen in front of crowd at the Musee Grevin in Paris in the year of 1892. After then, a great revolution was seen in this industry and consequently various types of animation have come up in the market altogether with a host of softwares. Today, we are briefing here the most famous and well known animation styles and their related softwares that will help you to enhance your knowledge as well as support you to pursue a great career in this field.
Do have a look on the most popular types of animation here:
1. Traditional Animation:-
Starting with the oldest form of animation, you might also call it classical, cel or hand-drawn animation. In this particular type of job, the animator draws each frame to create the sequence by using colored pencils. Who can forget the old days of disney, the black and white mickey mouse cartoon which had a real power to make laugh any person, no matter how deeply upset or tensed you were. All these striking instances have been performed by this kind of animation.
Basically in classical animation, animator makes use of hand crafted visual piece like sketches, drawing, painting that are drawn on the piece of paper and carefully arranged one after the other. To better understand this term, you can also watch the first full length animated movie ‘The Snow White’, a silent film that was released in 1937 just after a few years of Steamboat willie Cartoon made by Walt Disney in 1928.
“There’s always room out there for the hand-drawn image. I personally like the imperfection of hand drawing as opposed to the slick look of computer animation. But you can do good stuff either way. The Pixar movies are amazing in what they do, but there’s plenty of independent animators who are doing really amazing things as well”.
Some software are listed below that are used for this above mentioned process:-
- Toon Boom
2. 2D Animation:-
In a few years, the animation has traveled a very long journey and that journey started with the 2D animation style at first. Sometimes it also referred as the traditional animation, not completely, but yeah! It is. But there is little difference between them. While the former uses vector based graphics to display the illusion of Motion as well as comprise various software, the latter only utilizes transparent sheets to sequence the still.
“Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.”
Here the term vector based graphics can be easily understood as computer generated 2D graphics or animations that holds both dynamic and fixed images. Well, a range of software are also available out there by which you can actually change your fantasy into the reality. Some of them are listed in the next section, grab a look:
- Adobe Flash
- Anime Studio
- Motion Artist
- Stop Motion Studio
3. 3D Animation:-
It is worthless if we can’t direct our imagination into reality, no matter how fast they are and how far they are from logic. With the drastic change in the scenario of technology, it has just become a matter of time to bring your fictitious thought into alive and breathing. If you had seen a movie such as Gravity, 2012, Inception and a lot more, you will better know what I really mean. All these above mentioned flicks are great examples of the latest animation and graphical technology.
Three dimensional or CGI animation is also the part of advanced techniques where 3D objects are generated with the use of various computer software and graphical units. See, it’s our imagination what counts, a computer can’t create anything on its own. But sometimes we also need an advice or guidance to plot our ideas towards right direction.
“Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.”
Anyway, if you are an enthusiastic person to learn such technology, you can also use below sectioned softwares.
- Autodesk Maya
- Autodesk 3DS Max
- Autodesk Softimage
- Cinema 4D
Related: List of Top 2D and 3D Animation Software
4. Motion graphics:-
Much like its name, Motion Graphics is an amalgamation of pictures, title, graphics, logos, imagery, and text moving altogether in a well-synchronized way that looks so eye-fascinating when it appears on the screen. At first, when I heard about motion graphics, it sounded similar to the one I found about animation, but honestly I was mistaken. There is huge difference between the Animation and Motion graphics even though one thing which connects them both are an illusion of motion. Thanks to the day, when I was travelling and accidently met with an animator that dragged me out from all my wrong perception about animation and motion graphics.
Animation merely means to deal with moving images or we can say a simulation of imagination that can be created with the help of a series of images, while motion graphics is such a thing where we deal with moving elements and images in order to communicate a message to the audience.
“Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon’s unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals.”
5. Stop Motion:-
Stop Motion Animation has also been breathing for very long time in the industry and has come into effect with many fantastic creatures like the Humpty Dumpty Circus, Romeo and Juliet and many more. Unlike the other animation styles, Stop motion is easy to understand as well as consume less time. All you need to do is just grab the pictures, photographed them in an order and you will have that what you want. Careful, it’s not what you think! You also need to arrange each and every object at perfect time to create a perfect stop motion animation. Besides, you would also require softwares to make some additional effects and sound to complete your project. For that purpose you can also have a look at the list of best stop motion software:
- Stop Motion Studio
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