Read more about the Cel Animation process!
1. Research the animation process with students. View storyboards, sample animation cels, and different characters.
2. Students sketch out an original character on 8.5x11" paper in a HORIZONTAL format (because that is the way a TV screen goes!). I have students give their character a name and write a brief character sketch including personality, "habitat," etc. Students are encouraged to think of characters based upon animals or inanimate objects come to life.
3. Trace your character to a clear transparency sheet with a permanent fine-tip black marker.
4. On the opposite side, use acrylic paint to color in your character (but not the background).
5. Draw and paint a background on a separate piece of paper. The background is done separately in traditional cel animation (so that it only had to be painted once in each scene!). We use the tempera "hockey pucks," similar to watercolors, which are cleaner and easier to handle than acrylic for this step.
6. Use clear tape to attach the dry character to the background.
|A sad mouse chef|
|An olive, who is also a cowboy|
|Pony (clothes inspired by Waldo?)|
|Teddy, the car|