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EASY Animation Tutorial! by Sarilain EASY Animation Tutorial! by Sarilain
Here's how I make my squiggle animations using Gimp 2.6!

Gimp is free to download, you can download version 2.8 here: www.gimp.org/downloads/
I'm using an older Gimp though, so the layout or buttons may differ some.  (I don't like updating much!)

I can't believe this took me hours to make, I really hope it's helpful!  Sorry I don't have more time to make it pretty, but at least it's neat and organized.  I did my best to explain it from a beginner's viewpoint, but you may still need to study Gimp a little.

This is also how I make my animated icons, it's a very simple process, just do a little experimenting and you'll get the hang of it.

Good luck and please let me know if this guide has helped you!




Check out my P2U premade squiggle linearts!


P2U Animated Squiggle Alpaca Lineart by Sarilain [Price Change Soon!] P2U Animated Dinosaur Lineart by Sarilain More here: sarilain.deviantart.com/galler…

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:icondaughterofmaat:
DaughterOfMaat Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thanks for this. I think I can use this as a reference even for Photoshop. :XD:
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Awesome!^^
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:icondaughterofmaat:
DaughterOfMaat Featured By Owner 1 day ago
:D
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:iconshibitheshadowhound:
shibitheshadowhound Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's nice to see another person who animates with gimp
you're art is so friggen cute
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bIueness Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
This is very clear and if I ever learn how to use GIMP, I might make a squiggle animation with this. Thanks so much for this!!
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LisaxlovesAPH Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I have that large amount of  computer bytes
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puppystar56 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice and also I have a question, what size paper do you use when your making your chibi icons? I would really like to know if you can tell me ☺
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Sarilain Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
When making 50px icons I work on a 100px canvas then scale it down.^^
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:iconpuppystar56:
puppystar56 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK thank you!
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:iconstormfang23:
stormfang23 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow great work, miss sarlain
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:iconthetwinsisters:
thetwinsisters Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
nice
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:iconrockerwarriors:
rockerwarriors Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
will try
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:iconytibakemyowncake:
YTIbakemyowncake Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
i no say it easy...................................................
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:iconshinseinasenshi:
Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very Nice work on this tutorial. :)
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:iconsarbearart:
Sarbearart Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your art is so frickin' cute! i love it! also, thank you for the llama badge! its so cute!
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Thank you!
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:iconsarbearart:
Sarbearart Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome!
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:iconpastile:
Pastile Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Shaken Like crazy! by Pastile  I tried it!
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
Awesome, congrats!^^
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:iconpastile:
Pastile Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe ty :3 Its all coz of that amazing Tutorial! 
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MLeighStudio Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um so I successfully created an animation however when I try to upload it to dA it says that I need a preview picture.  How do I make it so there doesn't need to be a preview or a moving preview?
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Sarilain Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
You have to have a preview for anything over 150px in size.
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:iconmleighstudio:
MLeighStudio Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okie dokie!
Thank you so much for your help Sarilain, it means a lot to me!
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MLeighStudio Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With each line art do we have to color them separately or is it simply one color layer (ex. the fur) for both line arts QwQ 
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Hawkstar10121 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool
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Owlflight-Da-Kitty Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to say I tried it 
( Though I went Squiggle overboard ) 
owlflight-da-kitty.deviantart.…
She's squiggly 
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:iconowlflight-da-kitty:
Owlflight-Da-Kitty Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to try!!!
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:iconwoifsong:
WoIfsong Featured By Owner Edited Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For some reason it won't let me save it as a .gif :(
Edit: Never mind I got it! Yay!
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:iconowleri777:
OwlEri777 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll try this, but I'll probably suck :<
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LiveLady Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you use mouse or a tablet??
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:iconfirewolf027:
Firewolf027 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Was it a Wacom bamboo tablet? Because I have one of those. (Just curious!)
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:iconlivelady:
LiveLady Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she uses mouse
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Tablet.^^
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:icondeathdog123:
deathdog123 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh! This is so helpful! Thanks! <3
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
I'm glad!
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:iconnightshade567:
NightShade567 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for making this. It helped a lot. c:
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
I'm glad!!
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Cloudilicious Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
could you do a video it would be easier i get you but im just saying if you know what i mean ;-;
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
I wish I could, a video would be easier for me too!
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:iconcloudilicious:
Cloudilicious Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
oh ok ;-;
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:iconsuirenhime:
SuirenHime Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial is amazing! Thank you so much for making this! <3

Also, I have a question :) How do you get your lines to be so straight and smooth? Is
there a stroke stabilizer? (Sorry, I'm a Paint Tool SAI user, and I only use GIMP for Transparency ^^;)
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Thank you!

And nope, I just draw things on a 33% larger canvas than the final image, and to lineart, I zoom in to 200% and draw with itty bitty soft strokes to make the lines.  So to draw a 300px image, I'm linearting at 798px size.  It's time consuming and drawing in single strokes might be faster, but that frustrates me more having to redraw lines fifty times.xD
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SuirenHime Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! <3
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:iconella509:
Ella509 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
nice!
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:iconsarilain:
Sarilain Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Thank you!
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tigerlovermittens Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Can u make a tigerlovermittens icon for me? I can give you some points:3
Details: I want the icon to be a white tiger in snow :3 all I'm looking for
Your art is so Kawaii :3
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FoxyAntho Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
It's rare to find someone using Gimp, for me it's the best image editor :)
Have-you tried the v2.8 with single-windows mode ? It save my time, because they always confused me XD

Thanks for this tutorial, anyway.
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WinterHalla Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
Thanks! <3
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Notester82 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
"Zoom in to 150% and roughly lineart your image. Don't bother making it super neat, in this case, messier lineart means more wiggle in your animation!" Every time I try this, I have trouble with coloring. I always have small gaps that need to be colored in or stuff colored outside the lines. Am I doing something wrong? (This tut is still helpful though :))
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evachanart Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the lama :D
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