Animation Design

What does the term “animation” mean in this context?

Animation is the simulation of movement made by a succession of still images combined. However, the actual operation of the system is a little more sophisticated. Please allow me to begin by defining animation before we discuss the numerous sorts of animated motion pictures.

Animating drawings, models, or puppets is a way of creating the appearance of movement in a series by shooting consecutive drawings, models, or puppets. Considering that our eyes can only hold an image for around one-tenth of a second when many pictures come in rapid succession, the brain combines them into a single moving image to save space. Traditional animation involves the creation of images by drawing or painting on transparent celluloid sheets, which are then photographed. This is true of early cartoons and modern animated films, which are almost entirely created using computer-generated imagery or CGI.

Using these drawn, painted, or computer-generated pictures to produce the illusion of continuous motion is achieved by increasing the frame rate, the number of successive images displayed per second, or by decreasing its size. Moving characters are typically photographed “on twos,” which means that one picture is presented for two frames, resulting in 12 drawings per second for the whole sequence. Motion is possible at 12 frames per second, although the image may appear choppy. When it comes to smooth action in the picture, a frame rate of 24 frames per second is frequently employed.


This is one of the most ancient kinds of animation in film history. Cel animation is a term used to describe this type of animation. As previously indicated, conventional animation involves the drawing of objects on celluloid translucent paper. Every frame of the animated sequence must be drawn by the animator to be created. Although it is similar to the mechanics of a flipbook, it is on a much larger size.

2D animation is the most common type of traditional animation, and the finest instances include Aladdin, The Lion King, and other older animated films. However, not everything 2D is conventional. But don’t worry, we’ll get to it shortly.

In the beginning, the animator would sketch on a table with a light inside it, allowing the artist to view the previous animation they had created. Drawings are frequently done on tablets, even though the conventional style is not quite as popular as it once was. Aside from that, Disney hasn’t employed manual colouring since The Little Mermaid debuted in 1989.