Hand Drawn FX in Toon Boom

No bullshit course on how to draw and animate special effects in Toon Boom.
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In this course, you will learn not just how to animate special effects, but also how to actually draw them. We will dive deep into the principles of how to animate any type of energy. Liquids, morphings, smokes, bubbles etc.

Here are the reasons why animators and motion designers usually fail in hand-drawn special effects:

It's too time consuming

Compared to making motion design in After Effects hand-drawn special effects is a time-consuming monster.

We will teach you how to draw and animate things easier and faster by using proper software and a proper animator mindset.

I don't know how to draw

Well this is a great place to start. Drawing energy doesn't require much skills, but it does require thoughtful approach.  

We will cover basic aspects of actually drawing the energy so that you will be more comfortable with creating special effects.

I don't have a graphic tablet

Well, yo should purchase one. You will most definitely need one right here on the course.

Seriously, why you still don't have it?

After Effects can't handle it

It's true, After Effects wasn't meant to be used as a frame by frame animation tool. Trying to make a proper hand-drawn special effect in After Effects is like trying to make 3D illustration in 2D software.

By leveraging the power of Toon Boom you will realize that you have a whole new world of opportunity to spice up your animations.

I've tried once and it was terrible

So you have tried making some hand-drawn transitions, letterings or fluids and it was horrific? Welcome to the reality of drawing things by hand.

We will help you go step by step starting from very basic elements to much more complex animations, so that you will grow your confidence and make it rock.

Is this course for me?

You will need a tablet and some experience in motion design.

Motion Designers

Motion Designers with some proper experience willing to spice up and add life to their animations.


Beginner and professional animators that want to know how to work with special effects


Illustrators ready to jump into frame by frame special effects animation.

What will I learn in Hand Drawn FX in Toon Boom course?


Introduction lecture will outline what is needed to succeed in the course, provide you with additional resources, links to our communities, and other organizational information just to get you started.

1. Drawing effects

Theoretical part. Principles of drawing effects. We will learn what does organics mean and how to draw it.

2. Animating energy

We will figure out how animating rigid bodies differs from animating more amorphous bodies.

3. Starting scene + Liquid

In this lesson, we move on to creating the scene itself. Make a small review of the draft animation, the scene structure, and start the animation of the fluid. Or if more precisely — liquid plumes from moving objects.

4. Morphing #1

In this tutorial we will look at how morphing is done. We will make the transformation of a frog into a sloth.

5. Smoke effects

Here we will create not only the smoke animation but also the ink that the squid emits at the end of the scene.

6. Morphing #2

Here we will animate the morphing from sloth to squid.

7. Bubbles

Animation of bubbles created by a falling object in the water.

8. Squid animation

In this tutorial, we will animate the squid. Although it can be counted as character animation, we still decided to include this lesson in the course. Because the squid animation is more similar to the effects animation, since the squid is an invertebrate creature, its movements are more similar to the movement of energy than to the characters we are used to.

9. Lettering

The name of the lesson speaks for itself. Here we will analyze the text reveal animation.

10. Transition

The final lesson in which we will create a transition, that is, the transition from one scene to another, which you can save as footage and apply it more than once in your videos.

Who will be teaching?

Jambo Animation is a world-known animation studio.
Working since 2008, they have created a large number of projects together with freelance artists, studios, agencies and the company around the world.

My name is Danila, and animation has always been my hobby since childhood.

I started making first cartoons when I was 12 years old. The first money from the animation came when I was 14 years. Now I am 29, and I have been working for myself for more than 10 years. I started my way with Macromedia Flash MX, then switched to After Effects, became a freelancer, but after a few years of creating commercials, I realized that I was not interested in it anymore. I realized that I wanted to do hand-drawn animation and I wanted to draw with my hand on a graphic tablet, and not with a mouse.

So then I switched to Toon Boom, I decided to forget about cut-out animation, and go deep into frame-by-frame only. My wife and I created an animation studio called “Jambo”, and began to get acquainted with like-minded people who, like us, are burning with this idea. We wanted to develop professionally and to do great things, make beautiful, unusual animation, and not just commercials.

Check out Jambo's pages to see more:

Here are just a short list of happy clients of Jambo Animation

What are the course benefits?

Our goal is to make your journey to frame by frame special effects as comfortable as possible so we prepared some cool features

Free updates

Once you finish the course, you will continue receiving new tutorials and updates. Isn't that awesome?

Study wherever you go

Even though we recommend using a desktop computer or a laptop, you can study on any device. But you will still need a laptop or a desktop computer for practice.

One of a kind support

We have a live chat support for you. It may not be a 24/7 support, but it's still real help.


You will be invited to the members only private community of other students from around the world on Facebook. It's a whole bunch of people that you will have a lot in common with.

100% money back guarantee

If you're disappointed for whatever reason, you'll get every cent back within 14 days after the purchase. Only applies to the single full-price purchase of the course.

Student and location discounts

Not-so-good exchange rate? (i.e. India/Brazil). Get in touch to get a coupon. Student? Email us from your student email or attach your student ID.

How much is the fish?

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  • Learn to create outstanding frame by frame special effects to spice up your animations
  • Get to know Toon Boom, one of a new leading software to create frame by frame animations
  • Showcase your new skills to the community of our students and worldwide to your future fans and clients

100% money back guarantee

If you're disappointed for whatever reason, you'll get every cent back within 14 days after the purchase. Only applies to the single full-price purchase of the course.

Student and location discounts

Not-so-good exchange rate? (i.e. India/Brazil). Get in touch to get a coupon. Student? Email us from your student email or attach your student ID.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I find Toom Boom?

You can find Toon Boom on the official website toonboom.com. There you can easily download a trial version and use it during your education process or purchase a student license.

Do I need a graphic tablet for the course?

Yes. To draw frame by frame animation you definitely need a graphic tablet. Surely you can draw with mouse or trackpad, and surely somebody can draw using their feet by holding a pencil between their fingers. But it is much easier to draw with hands, isn't it?

Will this course work for me if I know nothing about Toom Boom?

This course is not about the program but rather about drawing and animating special effects. Everything you will see in this course you will be able to recreate in any other program for animation where there is a brush, eraser and a timeline. As for the Toon Boom software, we will share a separate free course to get you started with it.

Do I have to know how to draw?

If you had at least any basic skills of holding a pencil in your hand — then you can make it. Everything you will really have to know is how to draw some curved lines. On top of it all we will actually teach you how to draw these curved lines on the first lesson, so keep it easy.

What if the course will be too difficult for me?

We do not force anyone to start the course. If you have a feeling that the course might be just too difficult, you can postpone the purchase. If you are a complete beginner and never made any animation, probably it will be difficult for you, but it definitely will not be useless for you.

Can I share the art that I create during the course?

Sure. As in any other school, you will not just listen to lectures but also receive home tasks. We will be very glad to see how you are dealing with them.

Will I get enough knowledge to land a job?

With enough practice, you will receive just enough knowledge to reach a new level and beat your competitors. You will get a chance to get more clients since your works will be much more prominent. Most of all, you will be able to charge far more, than you are doing now.

How long does it take to successfully finish the course?

Everything is dependent on your desires and aspirations. You surely can watch the course in one day but science shows that our brain cannot maintain that much information in a single run. Furthermore, just by watching videos you will not go far. The goal here is to practice as much as possible, for that, we have lots of homework waiting for you. Only by practice, you will be able to get the maximum from this course. We highly recommend spending at least 2 days practicing after each lesson. In this tempo, you will require at least one months to finish this course.

Will this course fit me if I have some skills in frame by frame animation?

Yes. Moreover, if you have skills in a frame by frame animation you will have a huge advantage in comparison to others. This course is not just for beginners, but also for advanced animators.

Will I have access to the course materials after I finish the course?

Yes. You will have access to the course as long as we exist. This will help you refresh your memory from time to time.