How to turn your illustrations into stop-motion animation: 10 expert tips

Stop motion animation creates the magic and illusion of objects and characters seemingly moving on their own, bringing a story to life in a way other animation forms fail to replicate. Its enduring popularity and traditional flip-book style charm is something that draws in all ages, and all ages can have a go at it. 

For this piece, I have spoken to illustrator animators from two different backgrounds to share their advice on bringing illustration to life using stop motion. Note that if you want general animation advice, you'd be wise to check out Disney's 12 rules of animation and you may need to purchase some animation software, too (more on that later).

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Lauren John

Lauren John is a journalist, copywriter and creative, with a background in craft, and a growing list of creative hobbies. She’s had art and craft content published in an RSPB children’s magazine and on the Prima Website, also writing on outdoor photography for Reader’s Digest. Lauren enjoys working on content from all creative industries, flying the flag for musicians, bands, artists and authors, and shining a light on some of the issues they face.