How to get started with hand-drawn animation — Part I

A day in the animated life

Coleen Baik
Jul 24, 2018 · 8 min read
“Juggling.” № 68 of 100.


1. Diving in

2. 100 Days of Super Short…

“Launch.” № 27 of 100. View with sound on Instagram.
A late night.

3. Output

A selection from the 100 animations produced for the project.
The Queen sets sail. №s 41–45
Animations based on Ithaca.
Animations with audio are marked “Sound on” in the original posts. View with audio accompaniment in Instagram.
“Bankrupt.” № 86 of 100. An example of a politically-themed animation.
“The path.” № 74 of 100. An example that required a walk cycle (as lax a rendering as it is here).
“No.” № 80 of 100. An example with lip-sync without sound.

4. The tools

My animations archive in Animatic.
Animatic UI.
Rendering the animation.
“Fuuuu.” №4 of 100.

5. Rough Animator

Rough Animator UI.

6. Recording, editing, sourcing sound

Audacity, with SoundFlower integration.
Adobe Premiere Pro for effects and final production.

To be continued

In the mean time


Coleen Baik

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Independent product designer, artist, advisor. @Twitter & @Wellesley alumna,