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Andy from Andymation Explains the Flipbook Tutorial


STACK OF PAPER Stack of Flipbook Paper illustration for Andymation flipbook tutorial
For your paper, I recommend starting with index cards. You could use a stack of Post-it notes or a notepad (or the corners if your math book!). But I recommend cards because they are thicker and flip better.

There are several options you can use for a light source. You could use:
– A light box
– An LED tracing pad
– You could hold the paper up to a bright window
– The Light Pad included in my Flipbook Kits

BINDER CLIPS or SCREWS or a RUBBER BAND binding screws, snap screws, binder clips, and rubber bands for flipbook making

Binder clips come in many sizes. I find medium and large clips the most useful. You use them to hold all the pages of your flipbook. It is also possible to do this with rubber bands or special screws.

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How to Make a Stick-Man Flipbook

We’ll start with something simple. I’m going to draw a stick man and make him wave.

Stickman Flipbook Animated Gif
Draw a stick man on a sheet of paper.
A stick man I drew for the flip book tutorial video
Flipbook logo icon
Next, place another sheet of paper on top of the first sheet and draw another stick man almost the same as the first, only move his arm to the right to start the wave motion.
Use a background light to make your flipbook pages match
Here’s a video to show you how it works. I’m tracing over his body and moving his arm go back and forth about three times. Again, we’re keeping this first flipbook extremely simple. I’ll keep the stick man’s body in the same place and I’m moving his arm as he waves. Now that I’ve drawn his arm going back and forth a few times I’m going to have him drop his arm down to his side, then it’ll be done.

Next you grab all your pages, keeping them in order, and line them up so you can clip them.

Put the pages of your book in order.

You can get binder clips in different sizes. This is a medium and a large. Let’s see how it looks!

Binder clips for the stick man flip book project

Tap the pages on a flat surface to align the edges. Then clip them together.

Clip your pages together

If you’ve never made a flipbook before, this is a really easy first one to try!

Gotta clip those pages, my friend.

Here’s the flipbook again, all together:

Stickman Flipbook Animated Gif
How to Make a Bouncing Ball Flipbook
Andymation Flipbook Circular Logo
Bouncing Ball Flipbook Animated Gif

For the bouncing ball flip book, I’ll start by drawing the ball here, near the top.

The first page of a Bouncing Ball flipbook

I want it to feel like the ball is dropping in from above the page, so the distance from the first drawing of the ball to the second is going to be pretty big, since the ball is already going fast.

This isn’t going to be perfect, but I’m drawing the second one about here.

Second page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

On each page you want the distance the ball travels to be bigger. The reason for that is because of how gravity works. When an object falls, it doesn’t fall at a constant speedit accelerates. If you want to see how that works, you might do a Google image search for “bouncing ball animation.” You’ll find some diagrams of how a ball bounces, which will give you some good references to follow.

Third page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect. Just try it out. Have fun with it.

Fourth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

On this page I’ll make the ball more of an oval shape. This will help it feel like it’s moving even faster on this frame. You’ll notice that, when I flip it, you’ll kind of feel it more than you see it.

Fifth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

And now I’ll draw the impact as it hits the ground and squashes flat.


Sixth page of the Bouncing Ball Flipbook

On this next page, the ball starts to spring back up.

Seventh page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

Now we’re back up in the air.

Eighth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

And since gravity is working against us, the ball is slowing down as it goes up.


Ninth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

We want to decrease the distance the ball travels on each page until the ball finally starts falling again.

Tenth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

We’re getting pretty slow here.

Eleventh page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

And now it’s just starting to fall back down.

Twelfth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

And as it continues to fall…


Thirteenth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

…of course it’s accelerating again.


Ninth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

So we make the distance increase each page until it hits the ground again.

Fifteenth page of the Bouncing Ball Flipbook

You’ll notice I’m not squishing it as much as I did the first time. It’s going slower, so it squishes less.

Sixteenth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

For this third bounce it’s just going up a little bit and then falling back down again.

The eighteenth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook
The nineteenth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook
The twentieth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook
The twenty-first page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook
The twenty-second page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

Now we’re giving it a little squish,

The twenty-third page fo the Bouncing Ball flipbook

a tiny little bounce,

The twenty-first page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

…and then finally settling.

The twenty-fifth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook
The twenty-sixth page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook
The twenty-seventh page of the Bouncing Ball flipbook

There’s our bouncing ball! Let’s see it one more time:

Bouncing Ball Flipbook Animated GIF
How to Make a Bouncing Ball Flipbook
UFO Abduction Flipbook Anigif Animated GIF

For the third flipbook I’m going to have a UFO come down and abduct this little stick person. This first drawing I’m making is going to be used as a template. I just want to figure out what my UFO is going to look like beforehand.

UFO Flipbook Frame 1 part 1

I’m drawing the UFO on the same page as the stick person, up here at the top-right of the page. I’ll use this page as a reference for several pages later on.

UFO Flipbook Frame 1 part 2

Now I’m drawing the first few pages. I’m going to start with a few pictures of the stick person standing there before the UFO appears.

UFO Flipbook Frame 2

I need to draw a few pages of this guy by himself to show the passing of time before the UFO comes.

UFO Flipbook Frame 3 - square
UFO Flipbook Frame 4 - square
UFO Flipbook Frame 5 - square

On this page the UFO is just starting to appear, so we see the bottom of it coming into view.

UFO Flipbook Frame 6
UFO Flipbook Frame 7

Now I’m tracing my template to help me out a bit. I can trace that same drawing, but scooted down a little further, to show the UFO moving down.

UFO Flipbook Frame 8
UFO Flipbook Frame 9


Tracing a template drawing like this isn’t something you have to do; it just helps sometimes if you want an easy way to make sure your drawings look the same from page to page.

Sometimes you have an object moving across the page that doesn’t need to change shape: all it needs to do is move across. In that case, tracing a drawing as it moves along is pretty easy.

UFO Flipbook Frame 10
UFO Flipbook Frame 11

Now at this point I’m no longer using the template drawing. I’m just referencing the previous page like normal. Remember not to get too worried about making things perfect. The most important thing is to have fun with it!

UFO Flipbook Frame 12

So here the energy beam is just starting to appear below the UFO.

UFO Flipbook Frame 17

I want it to appear pretty quickly, so I’m going to have it fully reach the ground right away.

UFO Flipbook Frame 18

Then, as the stick person starts to get pulled up, you’ll see that I’m stretching him out because he’s getting pulled up really quickly.

UFO Flipbook Frame 19

Any time something’s moving quickly, you can always try adding some stretch or squash and see if it helps how it feels.

UFO Flipbook Frame 20
UFO Flipbook Frame 21
UFO Flipbook Frame 22
UFO Flipbook Frame 23

By now we can only see his legs.

UFO Flipbook Frame 24

And now we just see the bottoms of his feet.

UFO Flipbook Frame 25

And now the beam is going back up.

UFO Flipbook Frame 26

On these next frames I’m moving the UFO upward a little bit for a couple of pages. Then it’s going to whoosh away and leave a blur behind.

UFO Flipbook Frame 27
UFO Flipbook Frame 28
UFO Flipbook Frame 29

For the blur I’m going to do some sketchy lines on just two pages.

UFO Flipbook Frame 30
UFO Flipbook Frame 31

And that’s it! Let’s see how it looks and one more time slowed down so you can see exactly what’s happening:

UFO Abduction Flipbook Anigif Animated GIF slow

Tools That Make Flipbooks Easier to Make

You can get the same tools I use!

I’ve made hundreds of flipbooks, and I’ve found that you can make them the easy way or the hard way. Now, there’s nothing truly difficult about flipbook making. It’s just that if you have a few tools, they make it easy enough that you can focus more on your creativity and skills instead of working so hard to make the materials do what you want.

So I put together a kit that has everything I use when I make flipbooks, and now you can get your own! It includes…

  • Pre-drilled paper for flipping—enough for three flipbooks!
  • Binding Screws that fit perfectly in the holes in the paper!
  • The official Andymation Lightpad, with holes to keep your papers in the exact same spot for every drawing! And a power cord. Nice.
  • A handy booklet with instructions for making your own flipbooks!

Andymation flipbook starter kit with snap screws

Remember, you can make flipbooks with paper, rubber bands, and pencils or crayons! The kit just makes it much easier.

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