Get a thick stack of paper. You’ll need a thick stack of small pieces of paper, like sticky notes, notepad paper, or index cards—the kind of paper that is conducive to page-flipping. Most standard flipbooks contain approximately 60 images, but you can use as many as you need to tell your story.
Start at the bottom right. The last sheet of paper in your stack will be the first image of your flipbook. Use a pencil to draw your image towards the bottom right of your paper stack so you can see it when you start to flip. If you draw your image too close to the spine of your book, it won’t be visible while flipping. If this is your first flipbook, you may want to keep the illustration simple and the movements small, like a stick figure walking or a ball bouncing.
Draw the next image. The card on top of your bottom sheet will be your second sequence. Draw the sequence in the same area as the previous sequence, but change its movement slightly. You can place a lightbox beneath the stack of paper to see the initial image better, creating a tracing paper effect.
Continue the process. Each subsequent piece of paper should contain a slightly changed image of the one you drew before so that the images form fluid, consecutive movements—images should not jump across the page or suddenly move out of sequence.
Polish and enhance. After illustrating the animation sequence on your sheets of paper, you can enhance it with markers, ink, or other coloring tools. Keep your designs consistent to present a continuous sequence as you flip through the book.