Ben Marriott breaks down how he created a hand-drawn look in After Effects by hand-drawing every frame.

There are a certain charm and warmth to what we now call traditional animation, or drawing frames by hand, with analog items in the real world. Also, there are plenty of tutorials and tips out there that show you how you can achieve a similar look in After Effects. This new tutorial from Ben Marriott does a little bit of both. Ben uses After Effects to plan and create the base animation and uses that as a guide to draw each frame by hand.

Then each drawing comes back into After Effects to complete the cycle. It’s a new technique that takes a computer-assisted animation and brings all the charm of traditional animation into it by using the Ae animation as a guide. Neat!