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.