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Cel Animation for the Digital Era

A crash course based on existing internet resources plus additional things I’ve learned in a year of experimenting with hand painting on cels. Read more

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Interested in animated storytelling? Read more comics and sequential art. At DIY Animation Club, we truly believe that there’s no reason to ever buy comics or graphic novels from megacorporate brick-and-mortar bookplexes, that one digital comics monopoly holder, nor their everything-store corporate overlords. We shop small and buy local. As… Read more

Puppet Fabrication for Cutout Stop-Motion: Free Tutorials

A brand new tut on Tape & Thread Hinge, plus a list of free resources documenting additional approaches for building puppets for flat and multiplane cutout stop-motion animation projects. Read more

Making It Up As I Go Along: Phoebe Parsons on the “Terror Fervor” Process

Phoebe Parsons shares a studio tour, and walks us through the animation process for her wild cel-animated short, “Terror Fervor”. Read more

Cel Animation for the Digital Era

A crash course based on existing internet resources plus additional things I’ve learned in a year of experimenting with hand painting on cels. Read more

Modular Background Design

In which we borrow a classic technique from 2D level design, and put it to work in the context of a DIY animated short. Read more

$60 Multiplane Animation Rig IKEA Hack

Build your own multiplane animation rig for $60, from IKEA parts! Read more

Animbingo Is Here

A 3-hour long animation game that’s sure to shake ideas loose. Read more

Plog Your Way To Filmic Victory

Plan + log = plog. Set priorities and track progress on your current animation project. Read more

Robert Breer’s introduction to Byron Grush’s “The Shoestring Animator”

Robert Breer on getting started in animation, and working with index cards. Read more

Portable 10F lightbox with pegbar for $40

Make a portable (USB powered) 10F animation lightboard for animating on the go. Read more

Cut-Out Animation Basics: Persistence of Vision

The first installment of DIYAC’s kid-friendly cut-out stop-motion animation course. Read more

Cameraless Direct Animation: A Paper-Based Approach

A cheap and easy approach to teaching cameraless direct animation for the post-celluloid era. Read more

The One-Page Zine As Brainstorming Tool

Make a tiny zine as a project development exercise. Read more

A $20 DIY Animation Light Box That Requires No Tools To Make

8″ x 10″ x 1″ acrylic shadow box + 8″ x 10″ x 1 5/8″ cradled birch panel + battery-powered LED pen light = an animation light box for the masses. Read more

Simplified Walk Cycles for the Stick Figure Artist

A quick formula for the easiest walk cycle in the world. Read more

Lip Semi-Sync: A Brief Yet Definitive Guide to Mouth Flapping

In the workshops I teach to elementary-age animators, we work exclusively on paper, without student workstations. We emphasize self expression and immediacy over skill, and there really isn’t time to teach 9-mouth-shape lip sync of the classical Disney variety. Instead, we use a haphazard, 2-shape method I like to call “mouth flapping”. Read more