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Animation takes a lot of practice to master. So it’s just magical to watch other artists solve creative problems and craft brilliant stories, all for entertainment.
If you’re into this kinda stuff as an artist, or just a fan of entertainment, take a look at this list featuring our favorite animators on YouTube.
Some of these artists post their own animations or tutorials, or even a combination of the two with other goofy animated videos thrown in. You’ll find everything from autobiographical shorts to parodies, music videos, film and game reviews, and hilarious satire.
Not only are these animators just amazing artists, they’re also great writers. I guarantee there’s a lot in here to keep you entertained for hours.
This channel is run by Brendan Blaber who’s not only an animator, but also a writer, voice actor, and cartoonist.
There’s a lot to look at here!
Check out his Tip of the Tongue series for tips on writing and drawing for cartoons and the film business.
He also posts funny reviews of games and movies along with his own animations in a fun hodgepodge that will lead you down a highly entertaining rabbit hole. His voice acting skills always keep things interesting.
This account, run by an artist named Matt, is a collection of short cartoons with lots of sarcasm and over-the-top ridiculousness.
His cartoons are often strange and mildly disturbing, in a good way. Much like his Pokemon series with some over-the-top humor.
If that’s your thing, check him out!
Matt creates funny and honest videos about topics like the perils of Youtube-dom, kind of like Sara Scribbles meets South Park with some fantasy thrown in, along with the occasional review videos that are just as fun as his cartoons.
You’ll also notice a few recurring characters and storylines throughout his animations.
This channel is kind of a blog/vlog as told by the artists’ animated doppelganger. It’s really fun.
In this semi-autobiographical cartoon topics range from fluffy and fun to serious, real, and relatable.
You’ll find short and engaging animations about being an artist, an animator, and an adult. It’s also worth checking out her earlier videos to see how her animation style has changed and grown more refined over time.
RicePirate has a bunch of made-up of parodies, original animated shorts, and voice acting demos from this voice actor and animator.
The parodies are hilarious (exactly what a parody should be) as they poke fun at the content and cartoon style of so many pop-culture topics.
He even sometimes gets on camera himself to provide life updates and interesting peeks at upcoming projects, as well as behind the scenes workflows of his animations.
Mick also includes some animation and voice acting tutorials to help other aspiring artists. All in all, his channel is full of lots of random stuff that’s worth checking out. He’s also got quite a following on Twitter if you’re into that kinda thing.
Domics creates self-described anecdotal animations about situations we’ve all been in and some original short stories as well. This is all with a minimalist palette and simple art style.
He really has a gift for turning the most mundane situations into something engaging and entertaining.
He mostly sticks to a limited palette(I mean, you can’t get much more limited than black and white) but sometimes includes color. And every once in a while he’ll hop on camera himself to answer questions or teach a tutorial.
This channel has been around for years so there’s lots to explore. You’ll also notice how his style of art and storytelling evolves over time while still maintaining a consistent look and feel to the artwork.
So this channel starts as a bit of a mishmash by featuring original shorts starring talking animals.
Yet if you scroll through the archives over time it evolves into an ongoing autobiographical cartoon of a college student with some other stuff thrown in.
It’s a lot of fun because she originally started this account as a way to learn animation, with no real direction for her content. You’ll find lots of different stuff like Q&As, animations set to music, parodies, and original shorts that show off her quirky sense of humor as an artist.
Erold’s channel is full of relatable stories from his own life and funny observations about things like weird baby names, all featuring voiceovers from Erold himself.
These videos feature some fun animation styles ranging from somewhat realistic proportions to highly exaggerated caricatures.
Erold is not only an accomplished animator, but a great storyteller with a natural means of grabbing your attention. It’s easy to get sucked into the ongoing saga of his life because his storytelling coupled with this amazing art is an engaging combo.
If you’re interested in creating autobiographical cartoons or telling any kind of story with your animations, this is a great artist to subscribe to and learn from.
You can also follow their newest sketches and life updates on Instagram.
Author: McKella Sawyer
McKella is an artist and freelance writer from Salt Lake City, Utah. When she isn't painting or writing for clients she loves to write fiction, travel, and explore the mountains near her home either on foot, horseback, or a mountain bike. You can view her art on Etsy and her writing services at TheCafeWordsmith.com.