What is an animation?
Animation is the process by which images are used to create the illusion of motion through the rapid movement of these images in a sequence.
Animations can be recorded or stored in various devices and formats. Possible formats in which animations are stored are videotapes, flip books, motion pictures or digital media.
The first signs of animation that have been discovered come from Iran 5000 years ago. The discoverer found an artifact that seemed to have a sequence of a desert billy goat jumping to eat leaves from a tree.
Let’s now move on to the different types of animation.
Images are drawn on transparent acetate sheets, so-called cells, and photographed by holding them against a background. Each picture is taken frame by frame and each picture is slightly different from the other. In the 20th century, this method was mainly used for cinema films.
Stop motion animations.
This type of animation refers to the use of real objects and their physical manipulation to create the illusion of motion. Frame-by-frame photography is also used in this context. These include various types of stop motion animations, most of which are named after the material used. This type of animation is cheaper and more time-consuming.
As the name suggests, these are animations that are created using computers and software. It is divided into 2 segments:
2D Animation – Such animations refer to the manipulation of images and 2D vector graphics. The process includes techniques such as traditional animation, onion skinning, interpolated morphing and rotoscopy.
3D Animation – This animation refers to the creation of three-dimensional graphics. The animator receives a manipulated model and works to create the illusion of motion.
Since animations have become an important part of today’s media, there are now numerous job offers for those who have completed training or studies in this direction. As an example, the following fields of work can be differentiated:
- 3D modeller
- Rigging Artist
- Texturing Artist
- Lighting Artist
- 2D and 3D Animator