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How do you become an animator and illustrator at the same time?

So, I read a Q&A from a professional Background (BG) Artist a few days ago. The BG said "a illustration skills don’t always translate to animation." So, it made me wonder more about the differences between the two fields.

They're both art-based careers, yet there's some differences I don't know yet. (I mean...besides the fact that animation is about making still images come to life vs illustration just being still art).

I know many animators are illustrators, but I don't know how they manage to do both. I may want to do both, too, in the future.

Are there any differences in preparing to study for either career? What are some differences between learning illustration vs animation?

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At the initial stage, in order to become an animator or illustrator, you need to learn the foundation in art and be able to draw almost everything. People, animals, buildings, plants. Daily practice is essential for building up the skill and training the hand.
Since our world is becoming even more technological, it is desirable to be able to work in Software programs (Adobe Creative Cloud). Although there is an option to work in the traditional style.
It is important for any artist to have a portfolio with the best work, so it is advisable to practice drawing in your free time. For the job of an animator, draw short stories. I think that the Background (BG) Artist profession, is one of those where you can work as an illustrator (draw backgrounds for animation) and animate it in the program. And so, it is possible only at the beginning to become an animator, and then to become an illustrator of books, for example. Or be an illustrator for video games and cartoons, and then, if you have the skill and portfolio, become an animator.

I would reccomend you to watch a video with BG Artist that worked for Disney, to learn more about this role:
Thank you comment icon Hi Nicole! Thank you for your response. I'll keep these tips in mind. Tatiana