Rotoscoping is an easy technique to create hand drawn animations, which can be used to get a charming “living” look while achieving very fluid and realistic movement too – especially for animation of humans. Also, it is a good technique to get started with creating hand drawn animations for people who are inexperienced in this field.
The principle of easy rotoscope animation is to start filming the actions you want to draw – but before you draw your actual animation over it, use the video as a base in Photoshop. To avoid being frustrated, it is a good idea to choose a video with for example just a moving hand in front of a simple background for a first exercise. You should start out quite simple with an easy rotoscope animation, as you can still increase the difficulty over time.
Here you can see an example of what a result of easy rotoscope animation can look like:
In practice, a basic setup for an easy rotoscope animation can be created in Photoshop quite simply:
And you are already done! Your first animation is complete and you have hopefully had some fun and gained some experience.