Coming up with ideas for animations can be quite hard, and I get asked regularly how to do it.
I think the easiest thing to do is just think of an item I would like to draw (or know how to draw) and then put it in a funny situation.
For example if I want to make a cartoon then I like to think of a random thing (animal, food, household item) and a random activity (dancing, skipping, running) and then try to make the thing do the activity.
Or you could think about emotions and try to animate a thing having an emotion. For example an Angry Tomato.
Finally you could think about repeating patterns, drawing zigzags that move across the screen, or circles that grow and shrink in a hypnotic loop. Abstract animations can be really interesting.
I had an email recently that asked how someone could draw an animation about amplitude.
I’m not at school anymore, but if I had to do something like this I would search for the word amplitude on Google Image search and see what comes up. Alternatively, I would try searching on The Noun Project for the word (amplitude). This is actually the site I use when designing icons for this site, but it helps to have a very simplified shape that represents something that I can then draw/ animate.
In the case of the amplification example, I would draw an abstract repeating pattern of a sin wave.
How to Use Brush Ninja
- Brush Ninja Interface
- Colours - Fill and Line colours, and how to pick custom colours
- Keyboard Shortcuts
- Select Mode - Move, Scale, Rotate, Skew, Group, Duplicate, Copy and Paste
- Shapes & Stickers
How to Upload Animations
- How to Access Downloaded Animations on Android
- How to Export your Animation
- How to Upload Brush Ninja Animations to Google Docs and Google Slides
- How to Upload Brush Ninja Animations to Instagram
- How to access downloaded animations on iOS
- How to Save your Animation
- How to Upload Brush Ninja Animations to SeeSaw
- How to Upload Brush Ninja Animations to Twitter
- How to Convert an Animated Gif to a video