The flipbooks will take a lot of time, so I have to make it simple. To help you out, I have included a template that you can use to make your drawings via the How To Make Flick Books post below. Let’s go!
Animation is essential because it allows us to communicate ideas and tell stories in an easy-to-understand way that children and adults can both understand. Animation has enabled people to connect in a way that writing and live-action films can’t. Flip animation is one of the fascinating forms of animation.
Did you make animations as a child in the corners of your notebooks when you were younger? Flip animation is fun! The FlipBook that you will learn to make will be a great thing to share with your friends. I am so happy to help you make this project a reality and make your dreams come true!
This tutorial by Elliot Kruszynski, a London-based Illustrator/Printmaker, will show you how to make a flipbook! Anyone can make a flipbook, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. A flipbook is a simplified version of hand-drawn animation. It shows something happening. Each page is unique and can be flipped to make something happen.
How To Make Flick Books?
I have some ideas for my paper, or you could use your sketchbook to make the flipbook. It’s always surprising what happens inside them, so I thought about making a presentation that opened the lid to reveal an animal at the bottom. Most likely, I’ll draw a cat or dog. My template only includes the present, so you can choose what to draw within it.
I have drawn the first image, which is the beginning of the book, using my smaller pieces of paper. It may be obvious that I have drawn it on my right-hand side. This is because I will secure the pages with a bulldog clip on the left. This way of securing the pages means that you will lose some space to the left. By shifting the drawings to your right, you can see all the details properly when you flip them.
I have attached another sheet of paper with a paper clip to my first sheet. This will hold the second sheet in its place until the next step.
Now I will begin drawing the final page of my book using the image below. I want the box to remain in the same spot so that I will draw around it. But I would like the lid to be at the top of the page, and a little dog should appear!
Voila! This is the end. This is why I drew the final page. This allows me to ensure that my drawings always go in the correct direction.
Now it’s time to attach another sheet of paper to the original. There are 24 sheets of paper, so I need to ensure that the lid of my present lifts slightly each time I draw a new picture. The dog will then appear. To ensure that the images are moving towards my goal, I keep the final sheet to my left. The image below is what I use as a basis. However, I am not fussy about it. I wouldn’t say I like things too neat or perfect.
This is the second drawing after the first. As you can see, I have moved the lid up and added lines to the inside of the present to show the dog.
This is a huge stack of all the drawings! It cannot be easy to visualize how it will look at this stage, but you have to believe in your abilities!
Before I begin assembling the flipbook, I will make a cover. This cover is aligned on the right-hand side.
All my sheets are stacked in sequential order. My cover is followed by the first image that I created and then my flipbook’s final page. The pages are then secured together using a bulldog clip. I clamp down on the left side.
WAHOO! Once the flipbook is assembled, it’s time to test it. FLIP IT! Begin with the first page. Then, slowly flip the pages left to right.
YOU HAVE MADE IT! You will be able to flip through your drawings and see them moving before your eyes if you do it correctly. You can unclip the entire bulldog clip to make it easier to fix mistakes or add more pages.
After the line drawings have been completed, you can add some color to them if you wish! I’m using pencils for coloring here, but you could use any other tool.
Now that I have completed my first page, I am ready to get on with the rest.
I don’t have to redraw lines, so I don’t need to paperclip them together. I need to remember which colors I’m using. They are just laid out so I can color them in.
Get Started with These Helpful Tips
These are some tips I found helpful in avoiding major headaches when creating my flipbook.
First, when you make a flipbook, an area of the pages is not visible while you create it. If you draw in this space, the book will not allow you to see the drawings you have made. Your hard work is not wasted. Make sure to draw on the right side. You should also leave some space to the right for your thumb to obscure the drawings. This may not be an issue for those with smaller thumbs than me.
Second, number each page carefully as you draw it. It is very frustrating if the order of pages is wrong. You will spend hours trying to figure out the story again by sorting through all the small differences. It is possible to save a lot of time by simply counting the corners at the back of each page. It will not be obvious as you flip through the book. If your pages get misaligned, they will be easy to fix. This happened to me several times while I was creating my book. I strongly recommend this.
Third, draw some illustrations for any recurring patterns you might encounter while making your flipbook. The entire thing was a repeating pattern in my case, so I created a few initial stencils that were extremely detailed of the ground, dinosaur walking, birds flapping, and cacti. This allowed me to use the stencils without having to spend time drawing each frame. This will save time and help you create your flipbook quickly and efficiently.
Fourth, when drawing your first time, use a pencil and an eraser. It is much easier to fix a mistake than draw in a pen and start over from scratch if you make one. If your flipbook is easy enough, you may not need to do this.
Fifth, create a storyboard that organizes your thoughts. If you don’t have a clear goal or an ending, you will keep drawing. You will almost always quit before you finish the story. This is due to the amount of work required to finish it and the number of touch-ups needed. You can easily create a good-sized story with 50 to 150 frames. You’re in for a long haul if you go beyond that. Remember that my flipbook of 130 pages took only 25 seconds to complete. Create a story and then make a structure.
These are the basics of how to illustrate a book.