The Fundamentals of
Animation in Procreate
Artist Nika Neputina
5 lessons
Meet the Artist
Nika Neputina is a director and artist of both hand-drawn and stop-motion animation. She focuses on experimental, mixed techniques and sound. Her work explores themes of ephemerality, movement, and embodiment.
She graduated from the HSE University of Art and Design. She is a participant in the documentary projects "What Am I Doing Here?"
and "Living Memories."
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This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to create animation, experiment, and bring drawings to life.

The goal of this course is to introduce you to the fundamentals of animation, create a series of animated illustrations, and master more advanced animation techniques that you can use in your work.

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    Hours of material
Introduction to the Fundamentals of Animation.
In the introductory session, the teacher will introduce you to the basic principles of animation and how to use the Procreate program.

In the practical part, you will create a simple animation using the principles
you have learned.
Lesson 2
Still Life.

It would seem that a still life is something static, that does not move much, but this is not the case. We will look at how objects can be changed in animation, and try to bring a still life to life.

In the theoretical part, we will talk about the works of artists in different styles and about morphing (smooth transformation of an object).

In the practical part, we will create an animated scene based on a still life. The scene will include changes in the shape and color of the objects.

Lesson 3
Landscape and Panorama.

In this session, we will work with the landscape.

In the theoretical part, we will look at the role of landscape in film and animation, with particular attention to perspective. In the practical part, we will create two types of landscape, one with a complex perspective, and the second with a deep panorama, where the scene is going from a first-person view.

Lesson 4
One of the most challenging and interesting sessions. We will look at how to work with figure sketches and how to use them in animation. We will not only talk about the basic movements of the character, but also look at how to break the laws of animation, make scenes more interesting, and find your style. In the practical part, we will create an animation with the image of a human figure.
Lesson 5
Portrait and Scene Creation.

In this session, we will look at how to combine everything we have learned in previous classes and create a complex animated scene that includes multiple elements. The scene can be either a combination of all the elements we have discussed in a single composition, or a mini-film consisting of a sequence of scenes (still life, landscape, human). We will also discuss editing and composition.

In the practical part, we will look at how to combine animations on different layers in the After Effects program. We will learn about the program interface, some effects, and color correction.

IPad with the Procreate app or a graphics tablet, one of the animation software programs for a computer (Krita, Photoshop, Clip Studio), and the After Effects program for editing.

During this course we will use applications like Miro, to encourage a dynamic and interactive learning experience.

Discover a whole new world of expression through animation. Bring your drawings to life.
Improve your ability to tell stories through visual media by mastering the basics of animation.
Unlock your potential in animation by learning the fundamentals and mastering more advanced techniques.

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