August 28, 2014

Logo Roughs

So these are some very rough logo design sketches, but which do you like best?

Which logo design do you prefer?
Poll Maker

August 25, 2014

Just a lil pencil test warmup

It’s been such a long time since I’ve done any hand drawn animation! I had to start off with a little test shot. I’ll probably do a few more before I get back to working on my film.

August 17, 2014

Review of "Top Ten" 2D Animation Software

I stumbled across this review of apparently what are the best top ten 2D animation software packages out there in 2014. I'm surprised that Flash isn't on there considering it's popularity and ease of use. I'm pretty darn happy using Toonboom Animate since it's drawing tools are pretty good and it was made strictly for animation. I've personally found Digicel Flipbook to be a really useful program for pencil testing animation done on paper. This is ultra cheap and easy to do with a webcam taped to an adjustable arm light. I'd love to know; which 2D animation software packages have you used? Which are your favourites and why?

I was a little bummed when the Indigogo campaign for Animation Paper, the sucessor to Plastic Animation Paper didn't raise it's funds in time. Though Niels Krogh Mortensen says he still wants to see Animation Paper get made which is fantastic. I'm looking forward to that one.

Has anyone tried Pencil? It's free, open-source and available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Though not software for animation persay, Toonboom Storyboard looks pretty amazing. I can see how that one would be wildly helpful in producing storyboards.

Of course, there are a number of online stores where you can buy animation paper, animation punches, pegs and all the supplies you would need to get started with some hand drawn animation. I've personally done my shopping at Lightfoot Ltd., but other stores include CartoonSupplies.comCartoon Colour Company and Chroma Colour (based in the UK).

July 16, 2014

A new 2D Animation Software!

Animation Paper is a brand spankin' new 2D animation software that currently has an indiegogo campaign going on. The first release of the software will be for Mac with a Windows version to come later. It looks like a pretty sweet deal...
As stated on the indiegogo campaign page: "Enjoy drawing the rough blue lines over layers of red layouts, do keys and breakdowns, turn on your real time light table, quickly move drawings around, refine your x-sheet timing to perfection, clean up in smoothed black ink, zoomed in and rotated - and get the most beautiful hand drawn lines and expressive animation you can ever do. Feel your computer and tablet pen become a true extension of your creative self. Experience the freedom of animating without constraints. Animation Paper is going to be awesome!"

here’s the list of main features:
  • Super fast responsiveness – while drawing, while flipping, while everything
  • Quality lines – built on high speed, high resolution input from your tablet (like a Wacom)
  • Small to large format frames
  • Realtime smooth rotation and zooming of the view (and mirror) - controlled with gestures (pinch/rotate) or quick zoom function
  • Light table (onion skinning – advanced and customizable)
  • X-Sheet – easy, yet powerful timing and reuse (also scribbled notes and sound wave display)
  • Layers (each layer colored black, blue, red, green or custom)
  • Cutouts (easily reposition/rotate/scale drawings or parts of drawings)
  • Clean up (smoothed lines)
  • Paint (simple coloring with eyedropper and fill. May not be included in first release, but in free upgrade)
  • Many alternative ways of flipping (keys, wheel, springy return flip, etc)
  • Customizable Tool Bar and Quick Select (marking menu) for reaching favorite functions with a flick
  • Realtime full frame reference on 2nd monitor
  • Play scenes in sequence to check continuity
  • Import and export of video and frame-stacks (including alpha and X-Sheet timing data)
  • Native Mac OS X app (but also done natively for Windows, iPad and Android if stretch goals are reached)
Check out the campaign page:

July 10, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow

I saw Edge of Tomorrow on the big screen last night and it was AMAZING! I loved this movie! I thought the characters were fantastic, the whole premise was fresh and the film is super entertaining. Go see it while it's still in theaters! Check out this review.

July 8, 2014

I finished my Animsquad class!

Woo! After 12 weeks I've completed my Animsquad class! I learned that I have a lot to learn. Daniel Klug was my awesome amazing teacher. Here's his website where you can check out some of his great work.

As for the work I got done while taking this course, due to health reasons I wasn't able to spend as much time on my assignment as I would have liked so it still needs a good pass of polish before I share online.

As for future plans and goals, here are the ones I can think of for now:
-take a break and have some social life, do more exercising
-put Deanna Marsigliese interview online
-learn more French
-update blog more often
-polish 3D work I did for Animsquad and iAnimate