What does a Lead Animator do?

Animators perform a number of different tasks, with the end goal of creating visual works that can be displayed through different media sources, including film, TV, websites, and social media. This role requires storyboarding, drawing using physical and digital tools, creating frames for animation, and pulling frames together into moving pictures. Animators must be able to work collaboratively as well as independently and often on tight deadlines.

Animators do not require a degree for entry level positions. However, Bachelor's degree in art, animation, or similar fields may be preferred. This role requires individuals who are extremely detail-oriented and who possess necessary communication skills for collaborative work.

  • Receive and examine design requirements for each project
  • Research various design techniques to provide accurate designs for requested animations
  • Create multiple design drafts and collaborate with teams and stakeholders for final direction
  • Use requested design tools, including physical and digital tools, to create initial designs
  • Create and elaborate on storyboards for requested projects
  • Use existing tools to draw final frames to be animated
  • Utilize industry animation tools or methods to finalize animation projects
  • Work collaboratively with other animators to ensure consistency and accuracy of animated designs
  • 0-1 years of experience drawing and animating
  • Experience using animation software, such as Adobe Animate, Maya, Cinema 4D, or Blender
  • Proven ability to draw across different types of artistic styles
  • Experience implementing different animation styles, including traditional animation, 3D computer animation, 2D vector animation and others
  • General computer literacy, including experience with common operating systems (Windows, Linux, MacOS) and productivity tools
  • Strong desire and ability to work collaboratively to fulfill project demands
  • Ability to work independently as needed
  • Comfort presenting and explaining animations, storyboards and designs to stakeholders
  • Significant attention to detail and patience to work carefully and efficiently
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Lead Animator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$90,126 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $90K
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Lead Animator Career Path

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Junior Animator
Dec. 2, 2020

“Working at Gram fuels my desire to be great animator and work in its industry.”

Feb. 18, 2020

“The best place to work if you want a great balance in your personal life.”

Snowball StudiosSnowball Studios
Sep. 18, 2019

“1. Extremely poor management: I was promised a 20 sec/ week quota before agreeing to work here.”

Technical Animator
Mar. 14, 2021

“People are really nice and kind”

ICON Creative StudioICON Creative Studio
3D Animator
Jun. 28, 2019

“Artists were/are overworked and understaffed.”

Toon City
May 24, 2021

“Sometimes a decent and good pay depending on the projects.”

Sinking Ship EntertainmentSinking Ship Entertainment
Sep. 16, 2020

“Really talented and awesome people to work with.”

Blue Spirit ProductionsBlue Spirit Productions
3D Animator
Apr. 22, 2021

“Constant surveillance of your work and pressure.”

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