Okay! So here are a few extra things you can use in your exploration of human movement for animation. Just know that you obviously will need a stop motion armature and we will go in depth on this in a future section. But, if you are going to get serious about animation in general you will need a pen tablet or electronic drawing surface. Basically it is just a screen that you and use a pressure sensitive stylus pen with and draw pictures or paint surfaces. They are now pretty affordable and there are a ton of brands to choose from. The industry standard is Wacom Cintiq but there are cheaper and equally good companies and models such as XP-Pen. An Amazon search will get you a ton of results. Read the reviews and see which ones fit you best. I will be using an XP-Pen Artist 12 which gets me through a lot of work. A tablet is not necessary for the course but will make a difference in your planning and timing of animation.
If you cannot purchase a digital drawing tablet then you can always use just plain paper to plan out your animations. Nothing wrong with that and in all honesty most animators who do draw out their performances will just use paper to build a reference. The one draw back is that you cannot see your animation preview played back. A solution to this is to use the old school animation pegs for paper where you can flip through the drawings and have a slight reference for how your character will perform. DON’T BE AFRAID!!! This is really easy, simple, and straight forward planning. You don’t need to be good at drawing. You just need to be able to do stick figures. Also, 3 hole punched paper and the plastic pegs found at the following link through Lightfoot Ltd are perfectly fine. https://www.lightfootltd.com/
Museum Wax is one of the stop motion industries secret weapons. It allows you to attach all sorts of things like mouth shapes, pupils, and such to puppets while also allowing you to remove them later with no residue. It’s easily found online. Buy it, you’ll want to use it eventually.
Black Tack is another animation industry secret weapon. This stuff is mainly sold in the UK but is vital if you want to make your toy action figures stand on a stage without rigging. It’s also useful for all sorts of other uses. Alternatively if you are in the Americas then you can look up “Snot Tape” and find something very similar to Black Tack. In fact there are lots of options out there and basically they are just gel tapes that are multi-sided and strong.