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What is this course about?

Do you want to find your own style and create truly unique works? The best way to achieve this is by combining various techniques and tools! In this practical course merging traditional frame-by-frame animation and After Effects, we’re going to create 6 animated projects. Each project is focused on a different technique integrating frame-by-frame animation into your workflow. We will be taking a deep-dive into every step of the process, explaining all the decision-making that goes into merging these 2 different methods together. By combining the best elements of both worlds you will bring unique creatures to life focusing on the process and workflow.

So if you already have some basic knowledge of After Effects and Illustrator I’m inviting you to my animation magic classes.









Required Software

Adobe After Effects, Adobe Animate



About the Author

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About the Author

Hi I’m Ben Marriott!

I freelance regularly at Buck and have worked on projects for Google, Emirates, Converse, Dropbox, Twitter, Coca-Cola, KFC & Redbull. I produce weekly motion design & animation tutorials on YouTube breaking down intermediate and advanced techniques. I really love teaching process and workflow, I believe with a relatively small set of skills and fundamental knowledge of design and animation you can solve almost any motion design problem.

I like to add a lot of humor to my design and animation and think that animation should serve the design and the story above all else. Also that almost any object can be improved by at least 20% by adding a face to it.


What will I learn in Motion Practice?



We’re covering the basics of frame-by-frame animation using Adobe Animate & integrating that with After Effects. We start to cover some of the basic principles to elevate your animations to the next level.

  • Onion skins
  • Timing
  • Cleanup in Animate
  • Exporting as SWF
  • Cleanup in AE with shape layers
  • Adding textures
  • Imitating a frame-by-frame look in AE


Walk & Run Cycles

A walk and run cycle are staples of animation. They are so much quicker to make frame-by-frame and you can know if it is going to be effective after drawing only 2 frames. We’re going to experiment with pushing your breakdown poses to create a completely different mood.

  • Walk cycles
  • Run cycles
  • Follow through and overlapping action
Walk & Run Cycles



Adding frame-by-frame effects can be one of the best ways to add interesting elements to your After Effects workflow. Here we break down the wave principle, which you can apply to hair, clothes, limbs and practically anything in motion to give it more life. Then use it to add smoke and flame effects to our animation.

  • The wave principle
  • Animating Smoke
  • Animating a flame


Fake 3D

Making flat 2D shapes appear 3D can be incredibly challenging. We’ll be breaking down the process and techniques to sell a believable 3D form and learn how to solve common challenges.

  • Solid drawing
  • Adapting a 2D design into a 3D form
  • The power of Time remapping
  • Deforming and warping in After Effects
  • Smear frames
Fake 3D



The most appealing aspect of animation is a smooth transforming animation.

Using all the skills learned in this course we’re going to apply them to complex animation, breaking it down into small manageable parts and building on each one.

  • Planning for complex motion
  • Squash and stretch
  • Cleaning up complex forms in After Effects


Assembling the general composition

In the final lesson, we are going to compile all the animations we have done during the course into one beautiful composition.

We will adjust the general dynamics, add animated textures and create a perfect loop to feel good. 

Assembling the general composition
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Motion Practice with Ben Marriott

Learn the skill of frame-by-frame animation

Learn how to use Adobe Animate

Solidify fundamental animation skills

Learn techniques that can be applied to any animation

Get a fast skillset upgrade essential for any motion designer

Discover new and fresh approaches to already known software

Learn the workflows used at top-studios

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Motion Practice with Ben Marriott

A practical structured course on combining frame-by-frame animation and After Effects. You will learn how to create frame-by-frame animation, add it to your motion design projects and create scenes full of captivating motion and characters.


You’ve already started taking the first steps in the sphere and have a basic understanding of the work principles of this soft.






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