A bit of fun. I asked for a random word on Facebook, to use as the basis for an animated GIF. The first response was ‘interception’. This was created in TVPaint – a great program that seems to have become the industry standard for traditional-style animation in recent years. It’ a lot of fun to use – it has a great variety of pencils and brushes and unlike many programs (eg Painter, Photoshop) that have animation as a feature but not as their ‘raison d’etre’, TVPaint is designed as a dedicated animation tool. I started learning it as an alternative to Flash and Toon Boom as I thought it would allow me to experiment with more interesting visual styles, but now I use it more than any other program. It also works brilliantly in conjuction with CelAction, either as a tool for building cut-out characters or as away of adding extra touches and effects to otherwise finished animation.
A little while ago I came across an old sketchbook I had when I was about six. It was mostly full of incoherent scribbles, but with a few more-or-less finished drawings. Somewhere online, I’d seen some paintings done by a mother and daughter… the child had done the initial drawing then the mother added her own interpretation with the colour, but following her daughter’s lines exactly. I thought it would be interesting to do the same but with old drawings. What I got from this, I think, was an insight into my childhood imagination and also some refreshing practice at a new – or old- style of painting. Some friends have suggested I should animate these, so perhaps that’s the next step. (Click on the image to see more.)