Animation is nothing more but an illusion of motion from imagery that visually interprets and conveys the message it is basically created for. In literal terms, to animate is to give life to. Animation adds the dimension of time to graphics which increases the amount of information which can be transmitted. To create animation, the animator has to be able to tell how a certain thing needs to move through time and space.
An eye for detail is one of the most important skills that an animator should posses. Along with this the animator should be keen on the knowledge of motion, movement and acting. One should observe the life around and how things move. Taking notes, making sketches and trying to give meaning to what is observed can be more helpful.
The key difficulty is to choose the best communicative tools that will be sufficient for the animator to design. The tools should be automatic enough as per animator’s designing requirements. Each and every animation requires different tools and skills to create the real world; hence just one single tool cannot be sufficient for the animator.
Animation is of two types:
• Computer- aided and
• Computer generated
The process of digitizing the 2d traditional animation is called computer-aided animation. Whereas the 3d animation, flash and other software’s using computer is computer generated animation.