Animation Hand Drawn Video

How To Make An Animation Hand Drawn Video With Video Igniter

Do you want to hire some animators to create animated videos that are hand drawn? Look no further than Video Igniter Animation! Video Igniter can create any kind of custom animated video for you including animation hand drawn videos. In this article, we’ll explain:

  • How animated hand drawn videos are made.
  • What they cost to make?
  • How long they take to make?
  • Plus, we’ll provide tips to help you save money on your hand drawn animation production budget!

But first, let’s take a look at some examples of animated hand drawn videos you can get from Video Igniter:

Examples of Animated Hand Drawn Videos Video Igniter Can Make For You

Video Igniter can make any kind of 2D or 3D animation for you. You can review our demo reel and examples below.

For pricing, you can request access to our demo reels and price sheet here.

Contact us or schedule a call to start making your hand drawn animation.

Are you looking for an example of a different style of animation? Send us a message to let us know what kind of animation example you want to see and we will follow up with relevant production samples.


How to make an animation hand drawn video with Video Igniter?

Hand drawn animated videos are the most beautiful, dynamic and fluid form of 2D animation. Also referred to as cel animation, this style of animation used to require people draw every frame individually by hand on paper. Now a days, this style of animation is sped up with the use of technology. Each frame is still drawn individually by hand, but instead of using paper, images are drawn onto a table or computer using a stylus. Use of a computer or tablet based input makes it easier to sequence the individual hand drawn images together into a single animation. It also speeds up the coloring process which ultimately helps you lower your production budget.

Here’s a quick overview of the hand drawn animation process so that you can understand what to expect during every stage of production:

1). Contact Us

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Production starts by contacting us and letting us know what you want to create. You can or use this page to send us a message.

We’ll work with you to develop a production plan that works with your timeline and budget.

2). Script

Animation Hand Drawn Script

You can provide the script for your hand drawn animation or we can create it for you. In order to create your script, we’ll want to learn 3 key things:

1). Who is the target audience for your animation?

2). What do you want to communicate in your animation?

3). What do you want viewers to do after they watch your hand drawn animation?

After we draft your script, we’ll share it with you to get your feedback. We’ll incorporate your feedback and run the updated script by you to ensure it’s ready to go into production.

Animation Hand Drawn Video Script

3). Storyboard

You can also provide the storyboard for your animated hand drawn video – or you can hire Video Igniter to create it for you. Download our storyboard creation template here.

Animation Hand Drawn Storyboard

A storyboard is like a blueprint for your animated video. It tells the illustrators and animators what to create for each part of your animation’s script. We’ll share the rough draft of the storyboard we create with you so that you can review it and share your feedback. Our main goal is to ensure the storyboard contains enough details for the production team so that they know exactly what to create for each scene of your video.

Animation Hand Drawn Video Storyboard

4). VoiceOver


You will receive several voiceover auditions for your animation. Give them all a listen and let us know which one you prefer. We’ll hire that artist to record the full voiceover and run it by you to review and approve. If there are any parts you want to rerecord, let us know and we’ll take care of it!

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5). Soundtrack

Animation Hand Drawn Soundtrack

Music is a great way to enhance the presentation of key moments in your animation. We’ll select a few soundtracks that we feel will work well within the context of your animation hand drawn video. Let us know which one you like best and we’ll purchase the broadcast license so that we can legally use the music in your animation.


6). Illustrations

Our art director will develop several visual concepts for your hand drawn animation. Let the art director know which one you prefer. You can collaborate with the art director to refine the visual details until everything is perfect.

Animation Hand Drawn Concept Art

Once the concept is approved, we’ll create all of the custom hand drawn illustrations for your animation. You will get an opportunity to review the illustrations and request revisions. We’ll update the hand drawn illustrations and let you review them again before we proceed to animation.

Animation Hand Drawn Illustration Review

7). Animation

During the illustration phase, our team creates custom illustrations for all of the key moments for your animation. These are referred to as keyframes. During the animation phase, we create the remaining hand drawn illustrations to fill in the gaps between the key frames. This is what creates the illusion of animation.

Animation Hand Drawn Animator

When the first draft is complete, we’ll share the video with you so that you can review it with your team and members of your target audience. Collect everyone’s feedback and let us know what edits you’d like to see. We’ll integrate your feedback and export the final draft of your animation hand drawn video.

Animation Hand Drawn Video

What does it cost to make a hand drawn animation with Video Igniter?

What does it cost to make a hand drawn animation with Video Igniter

Hand drawn animations, also known as cel-animations, require a lot of detailed hand drawn work by talented animators. As such, these projects require a large budget in order to create quality work. Expect prices to start at $6,500 for each 60 seconds of animation. That being said, this animation style usually costs over $10,000 for each 60-seconds of hand drawn animation Video Igniter creates for you.

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How long does it take to make a hand drawn animated video?

How long does it take to make a hand drawn animated video

Animated hand drawn videos take months or years to create. Production timelines vary based on criteria like:

  • The length of your hand drawn animation
  • The level of detail in your hand drawn animation
  • How quickly your team shares production feedback
  • The number of revisions you want for your animation

Contact us with details about your project and we’ll help develop a production timeline for your hand drawn animation.

How to save money when you make animation hand drawn video

How to save money when you make animation hand drawn video

1). Create the script and storyboard for your video

You can save $1,000 or more off the cost of your animated hand drawn video by creating the script and storyboard yourself. Download our script writing and storyboard templates to learn how to make them yourself.

2). Record the voiceover for your animation

Did you know you can record professional quality voiceovers for free? That’s right! There’s no need to buy expensive equipment or fancy software. Save hundreds or thousands of dollars off the cost of your hand drawn animation by recording your own voiceover. Watch 1:31 in this video to learn how.

3). Use Free, Legal Music

Music can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to license for video projects. Thankfully, there are a few websites that offer free music that you can download and legally use in your animation without having to pay any licensing fees. Check out Incompetech and Facebook’s Sound Collection.

4). Don’t Rush Production

Start production sooner than you think. Animated hand drawn videos require weeks, months or years to create. Video Igniter offers rush delivery animation to speed up production but it can increase costs by 25%-50% or more!

Still have questions about animation hand drawn videos?

Do you have a question about animated hand drawn videos that wasn’t addressed in this FAQ? Use this form to send us your question and we’ll follow up with an answer. We’ll also post the question and answer to this page so other people can benefit from the knowledge.

Still have questions?

What is Video Igniter Animation?

Video Igniter Animation is an online animated video production service. By working with our team online, you can get your custom animated video produced faster and for less than hiring a brick and mortar animation studio.

Watch our explainer video on our home page to learn more about how we can help you create an animated video. For examples of the kinds of animation our team can produce, check out the demo reel below:


Looking For An Animated Video Company In The U.S.?

Video Igniter is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Success Stories & Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it – these testimonials highlight Video Igniter’s reliability, creativity, flexibility and ability to deliver animations that exceed expectations. When you choose Video Igniter Animation, you can rest assured that you are working with a trusted and reputable studio.

“Video Igniter were very easy to work with and the entire process for creating and suggesting edits was seamless and stress-free. I would work with them again and would recommend to others looking to create a modern and stylish explainer video.”

Clair Simpson – VP Marketing,

“I run a video production company and outsource animation. The team at Video Igniter did a great job in taking the concept I very crudely drew out and making it into a beautiful animation. The review process was easy and their turnaround time was very quick. I’d def recommend them if you’re looking for an animation project.”

Pat Henderson – Founder, Path8 Productions

“Video Igniter offered us the critical combination of creative value, clear communication, and patience with stakeholder feedback. We ended up with truly high-quality design assets for our video series largely due to the extra level of commitment — and the right balance of efficiencies with flexibility in the process when called for.”

Larry Schlessinger – Sr. Creative Program Manager, Amazon Web Services

“Video Igniter came to us with a number of creative and engaging ideas and were able to create an exciting, impactful video in a short period of time. And the best part was that it cost much less than other options of similar quality. The video they made is a great marketing tool for us.”

Alex Raymond – Founder, Kapta Systems


Animation Hand Drawn Success Stories & Testimonials

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