20 Best Animator

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Amber Koski

Ohio, USA

Graphic Designer focused on not-so-ordinary brands

Recommended 5x
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Kajal Baliyan


Creating Authentic Brand Experiences

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Sherry Batra

Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

Designing In IRL, URL & AR 👩🏼‍🎨

Recommended 2x
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Emeka Acquaye

Abuja, Nigeria

Crafting Purposeful brands through design

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Top Independent

Jocke Larsson

Stockholm, Sweden

Multi-level visual artist

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Daniella Gershon

United States

Brand designer through graphics, web, social media

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Julien Carlier


🎞 VFX, Animation, Motion Design.

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Mihai Tigleanu

Bucharest, Romania

Illustrator, animator and communication designer

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Diego Rotmistrovsky

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Versatile Filmmaker. Jack of all trades.

Recommended 2x
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Sílvia Pinho

Lisbon, Portugal

Social media strategy & content for FUN brands!

Recommended 1x
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Dual Studio

Barcelona, Spain

Complete design solutions for brands 🪄

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Abhijeet Swarnkar


Intersection of Observations, Art & Advertising

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Aparajita Bhattacharya


Revolutionizing Brands: Bold Color, Clever Design

Recommended 2x
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Mik Skuza


I specialize in super cool UI and Brand design

Recommended 5x
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Ignacio Straub

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Art Director - Branding and Motion Design

Recommended 14x
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Cristian Rodriguez


Children's Book Illustrator and Video Animator

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Aden Agha

United States

I Will Turn Your Vision Into Digital Gold.

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Laith Abbas

Brighton, UK

Digital Marketing Specialist 🌐

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Top Independent

Axel Oliva


Graphic Designer | Video Editor | 3D Artist

Common projects for Animators

Creating animated explainer videos for product/service marketing.

Developing character animations for games or interactive applications.

Designing animated elements for websites or mobile apps.

Creating 3D models and animations for virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) experiences.

Producing animated sequences for movies, TV shows, or music videos.

Designing motion graphics for advertising campaigns or presentations.

Tips for working with and hiring Animators

Outline your animation requirements

Before you start your search for an animator, have a clear understanding of what you require animation-wise. This could be character development, storyboarding, 2D or 3D animation, etc. A well-defined project brief will enable the animator to assess if they can deliver your vision.

Review their portfolio

Spend time reviewing the animator's portfolio on Contra to ensure their style and capabilities align with your project needs. Pay attention to their creativity, animation style, and the complexity of their previous work.

Check their software proficiency

Verify the animator's proficiency in the necessary software and tools such as Adobe Animate, Toon Boom Harmony, Blender, or Cinema 4D. Their knowledge and skills with these tools are crucial for the successful execution of your project.

Maintain clear communication

Effective communication is vital for a successful project. Ensure your chosen animator is responsive and open to feedback. Regular updates on the project's progress are essential. Remember to communicate and review their work through Contra for a seamless experience.

How to hire Animators

Define your animation needs

Prior to starting the hiring process, understand what you require from an animator. This could include character development, 2D/3D animation, storyboarding, etc. A well-defined project brief will enable the animator to assess if they can deliver your vision.

Post a detailed job

Posting a detailed job on Contra will attract the right freelancers. Include information about your project, the skills required, the project timeline, and your budget.

Review applications

Review the applications received and shortlist freelancers based on their skills, experience, and fit for your project. Look at their past projects, reviews, and response to your brief on their Contra profile.

Conduct interviews

Conduct interviews with shortlisted freelancers. Discuss your project specifics, their approach to animation, and how they handle feedback and revisions.

Make a hire

Once you've found the right animator, make a hire through Contra. This will include the project details, payment terms, and timeline.

3 questions to ask when interviewing Animators

1. Can you describe a project where you had to create a complex animation under a tight deadline?

2. Can you share examples of animations you've created that are similar to the style we're seeking for our project?

3. How do you typically handle feedback and revisions during the animation process?

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Frequently asked

A freelance Animator creates animations based on client requirements. This can range from character animation for games, explainer videos for businesses, motion graphics for advertising, to animated sequences for movies or TV shows. They use various software to create 2D or 3D animations and may also be involved in conceptualizing, storyboarding, and adding sound effects or music to the animation.

A freelance Animator creates animations based on client requirements. This can range from character animation for games, explainer videos for businesses, motion graphics for advertising, to animated sequences for movies or TV shows. They use various software to create 2D or 3D animations and may also be involved in conceptualizing, storyboarding, and adding sound effects or music to the animation.

Hiring an animator on Contra gives you access to top freelance talent without the hassle of middlemen or commissions. You can review their portfolios, collaborate efficiently, and handle contracts and payments all in one place. Plus, Contra's commission-free policy means your budget goes directly to the animator, ensuring you get the best value for your investment.

Projects that require animation skills can be diverse. This includes product explainer videos, game development, movie or TV show sequences, website or mobile app animations, VR or AR experiences, and advertising campaigns.

You can post a job detailing your project requirements on Contra. Animators who match your requirements can then apply for the job. You can also browse through the profiles of animators and invite those you are interested in to apply.

The cost of hiring an Animator on Contra can range from $25 to $150 per hour, depending on the complexity of the animation, the animator's experience and skills, and the project's duration. It's best to discuss the project scope and budget with the animator to get an accurate quote.

Freelance animators get paid commission-free on Contra. They may charge per project, per hour, or per milestone. The funds for each milestone will only be released after you approve the deliverables for that milestone, or automatically within three days. Clients must pay a minimum of $250 or $25 an hour to post an opportunity on Contra.

2D animation is the traditional animation method that involves creating movement in a two-dimensional artistic space. 3D animation, or computer animation, is the process of designing animated characters and environments in three dimensions using software. Both types of animation can be used in various projects, including movies, games, marketing videos, and more.

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