Saturday, January 03, 2009

Ugly American Tourists

Don't you just hate these people?

Friday, January 02, 2009

Toon Boom Studio 4 learning process...part 4

Eureka! My first ever Toon Boom Studio 4 animation! It was more difficult than I expected it to be, but I managed to animate a simple blink. This was just an exercise to learn the Toon Boom animation program and interface. The frustrating part is when I animate one thing, like the right eye blink for example; then when I tried to do the exact same thing to the left eye, it wouldn't work. I had no idea if I was doing something slightly different with the left eye that somehow made it not work, or if the program is buggered up. I made a ton of mistakes doing this blink, and that's a good thing, because that is the best way to learn the program; to make mistakes and then figure it out or work around it.

Toon Boom Studio 4 learning process...part 3

Step 4: Having drawn the characters head, I will attempt to animate a simple blink. This required a couple more drawings, one of his eyes closed and the other of his eyebrows. The squash and stretch of his eyes before they close will be animated on the "peg" layers.

Toon Boom Studio 4 learning process...part 2

Step 3: I colored the separated parts, making sure to save this color palette under the characters name, so this is the "BANGO" palette. And "YES"; if you look at the bottom of the screen capture, I was also playing World Of Warcraft.
Step 2: I separated the parts by copying them and then pasting them on to their own columns, making them individual elements, ie. the hat, the eyes, the head.
Step1: I cleaned up the lines by tracing over the imported pencil sketch, making sure to draw through each object. I used the line tool and manipulated the line with the anchor points.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Toon Boom Studio 4 learning process

People have told me that however you start out the new year is a sign of how the rest of the year will be; so, for example, if you start out with your apartment in a state of disorganized mess, then it will be disorganized and messy all year. So I figured I should start the year out working on this "Slinky" project using Toon Boom software, because that is what I want to be doing all year. And the Toon Boon Harmony lessons I got last week turned out to help tremendously, much of the interface is the same in Studio 4 as it is in Harmony, and the tools and methods of working are also very similar. Oh! I am also starting out the year with a horrible flu, so I am not sure if I should hope the rest of the year turns out quite like the first day of the year. On one hand I do want to work on Slinky using Toon Boom all year, on the other hand I don't want to be sick again this year. Anyway, above is a screen capture of the drawing I am cleaning up using Toon Boom Studio 4. Now that I know what I am doing I find the drawing part pretty easy.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

all together now

With a few inbetweens, I connected the 4 walk cycles. All 4 cycles have a different amount of frames. The quick walk is only an 8 frame cycle. The sad walk is a 16 frame cycle. The skipping cycle is 12 frames. The run cycle with his arms stretched out in front of him is a 24 frame cycle, it's the longest one only because he floats when he is at his high point for several frames. Plus it's all on 2's, so the 8 frame cycle is only 4 drawings, the 24 frame cycle is 12 drawings, the 16 frame cycle is 8 drawings, and the 12 frame cycle is 6 drawings. When I clean these up the one thing I will do is really slow down the sad walk. I will double the frames from 16 to 32, to make it a very slow sad walk, like he's really dragging his feet.

Monday, December 29, 2008


I just came back from a trip to Toronto where I got a Toon Boom Harmony lesson from my brother. This time I took notes and actually drew a rough character and animated him a bit with the program. I learned how to draw in Toon Boom and create a character with the "draw" mode and "X Sheet" modes. I also learned the animation basics in the "time line" and "frame" modes.
Now that I am back at my place; I have Studio 4, not Harmony, so it will be interesting to see if this knowledge helps me in Toon Boom Studio 4.
The character is just a rough scribble. I did not use the Cintiq, since I wasn't planning on doing anything that looks good. I quickly drew this guy with the Wacom tablet, just to learn the interface and the tools.