More Aaron Blaise Animation using TVPaint

Check out master animator Aaron Blaise's new set of Video Tutorials on the 12 Principles of Animation , using TVPaint.   (this is really good stuff , whether you're using TVPaint or not  ... it's not software specific , it's all about basic principles .  Highly recommended) .

Here's a free sample of one of Aaron's animation tutorials using TVPaint:


Also see Aaron's recent short film "Trunk Troubles"  with Cyrano the Elephant , animated in TVPaint:


Also, be sure to subscribe to Aaron's YouTube Channel .  He has other free animation tutorials posted there:


Including this great overview of the basic functions for animating in TVPaint:

TVPaint Animation, a quick start guide


Pablo Navarro animation for "The Legend of Smurfy Hollow" , animated in TVPaint

"Rough Tie Down Animation for the direct to video Feature film 'The Legend of Smurfy Hollow', done for Sony Pictures Animation and The Spa Studios.
All work has been done by Pablo Navarro except by the layout clips. Enjoy!"


Smurfy Hollow Traditional Animation Demo Pablo Navarro from Pablo Navarro on Vimeo.


Paul Schwarz 11 Second Club animation using TVPaint

Paul Schwarz 11 Second Club animation , animated with TVPaint:


11 Second Club July 2014 entry from Paul Schwarz on Vimeo.

11 Second Club September 2013 entry from Paul Schwarz on Vimeo.

Layout drawing by Paul Schwarz , drawn in TVPaint:


Aaron Blaise animation using TVPaint

Aaron Blaise is a former Disney animator (and fantastic all-around artist) who is using TVPaint Animation .   Check out Aaron's art tutorials on his YouTube Channel :


(Subscribe to his channel !)

Creature animation walk cycle in TVPaint :

Animation pose test for proposed feature film "Art Story" by Aaron Blaise. Animated in TVPaint:

Animation tutorial on using blinks effectively in character animation , by Aaron Blaise, animated in TVPaint:

There are many more animation and painting tutorials on Aaron's YouTube Channel:


Aaron also has a fantastic series of videos on how to animate Quadruped movement .  It's currently on sale for $40  for 3 tutorials.  Highly recommended.




The Song o the Sea trailer

Tomm Moore's new feature ,  "The Song of the Sea" ,  animated with TVPaint -


TSB bank commercial by Studio AKA

 From Studio AKA.

A 2.5min film for TSB - commissioned by JOINT LONDON - about the Reverend Henry Duncan and the history behind the building of the TSB bank. Combining the hand crafted artistry of 2D character animation within a stunningly integrated use of 3D CGI sets, The journey through time is reflected in the film's opening shot; an unbroken take which lasts a whopping 95 seconds...

Hand drawn animation elements using TVPaint.

TSB - The Story from STUDIO AKA on Vimeo.

There is a Making-of video posted on Studio AKA's  Vimeo page which shows the process:



Animation by Felix Sputnik using TVPaint

Animation using TVPaint by "Felix Sputnik"  (Michael Schlingmann) .  See more of his work on his VIMEO page.

...for all it's worth from Felix Sputnik on Vimeo.

the Making of from Felix Sputnik on Vimeo.


Aphrodite from Felix Sputnik on Vimeo.



Animation by Pablo Navarro with TVPaint

The first 00:31 seconds of Pablo Navarro's demo reel has a scene from the short film "OA" (produced by TigoboAnimation) which was animated using TVPaint Animation: Here is another short piece of animation by Pablo Navarro , for a RAID commercial , animated using TVPaint :



Ad Lucem by Ghislain Avrillon

The filmmaker , Ghislain Avrillon , writes of "Ad Lucem" : "It is a traditional 2D animation (ie animated frame by frame by hand). In detail, I did not draw on paper but on a graphics tablet with TVPaint software, a powerful digital tool for traditional technique."


Gobelins Annecy 2012

Two films for the  2012 Annecy Animation Festival made by Gobelins students using TVPaint Animation :


"Pencil" animation in TVPaint

I've posted a few of these before (check out the older archived posts)  but here are a few examples of how TVPaint mimics the look of traditional pencil on paper animation.

These examples were drawn paperlessly with a Wacom tablet using TVPaint:


Great little dialogue test animated by Disney/ILM/Dreamworks animator Lou Dellarosa . Paperless animation using TVP Animation with Cintiq tablet.

©2009 Lou Dellarosa


Rough animation by Pablo Navarro from the short film "Venus and the Sun". Animated boar creature combined with live action. Animation drawn with Wacom Cintiq 21ux tablet in the paperless animation application TVPaint Animation 9.5.
Go to Pablo Navarro's blog http://pablonavarro.wordpress.com to see his WIP rough tests with tie-downs.

To download higher quality .mp4 file of this animation click HERE .


Winner of the July 2001 "11 Second Club" animation competition , by Arthur Gil Larsen. Animated paperlessly using a Wacom tablet , drawing directly into TVP Animation.



A paperless animation line test animated by Rasmus Norgaard using "Mirage" (aka "TVPaint v. 7.0" , the predecessor to the current version of TVPaint Animation) . This was animated with a Wacom Intous 3 tablet. It was originally posted on the old Mirage User forums.

(click on the image to view animation)-



Also see this earlier post on the blog about the paperless animation process    used by the Norwegian animation studio Sandes Media on their series of children's films for Norwegian TV based on the songs of folk singer Alf Prøysen -

(click the link to read the earlier blog post)

Alf Prøysens Barnesanger by Sandes Media


 Here's a progression reel showing a shot from the Alf Prøysen series from  "pencil test"  to final color .    This is all paperless , made in TVPaint:

This shows this scene in the TVPaint interface:


Rusty Mills is a classically trained animator who has been on the forefront of embracing the new paperless animation technology . Here are some scenes from Rusty's work-in-progress reel for a film he is making called "Gotcha Covered".

Rusty is animating this film on a Motion Computing tablet PC using Mirage.
(a previous version of TVPaint which is no longer available, but similar to the present TVPaint Animation).

 He did most of this animation while commuting on the train into Los Angeles . Now that's a portable animation tool !

©2008 Rusty Mills

Notice how Rusty's rough animation looks virtually the same as traditional pencil-on-paper animation. There is no discernible difference in this that screams out "digital". The drawings look very natural and organic, like real pencil sketches.


 Here's another pencil test , animated in TVPaint , by Han Sandrine:

11secondsclubaugust from Han Sandrine on Vimeo.


"Slim Pickings, Fat Chances" by David de Rooij and Jelle Brunt

Slim Pickings Fat Chances is a student film by David de Rooij and Jelle Brunt from the Willem de Kooning Academy in the Netherlands.

Official film website: SlimPickings.nl

Filmmaker website: Jelle Brunt

 Filmmaker website: David de Rooij

"Eyrie" by David Wolter

"Eyrie" by David Wolter , made at CalArts using TVPaint Animation. David's film won the Student Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.


"Lapsena" by Mallory Dyer

Mallory Dyer's charming film , "Lapsena" , made at Cal Arts.

Animated with Cintiq tablet in TVPaint Animation:


TVPaint Trailer - edited by Mark Chong

Mark Chong put together this "trailer" sampling various projects made with TVPaint Animation:

These and many more are on the official TVPaint Gallery , which has recently been expanded and updated.

Partial List of Schools using TVPaint:

Gobelins L'école de l'image

Academy of Art University Online

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

The Animation Workshop (Viborg)

Capilano University


Bezalel Academy of Art

UCLA Animation Workshop

Ecole Emile Cohl

Ecole de La Cambre Bruxelles


How to Eat Your Apple - by Erick Oh

Animated in TVPaint Animation -

How to eat your Apple from Erick Oh on Vimeo.


Pablo Navarro - Venus and the Sun rough animation in TVPaint

Rough animation by Pablo Navarro from the short film "Venus and the Sun". Animated boar creature combined with live action.

Animation drawn with Wacom Cintiq 21ux tablet in the paperless animation application TVPaint Animation 9.5.

Go to Pablo Navarro's blog http://pablonavarro.wordpress.com to see his WIP rough tests with tie-downs.

To download higher quality .mp4 file of this animation click HERE .


"Jazzed" a film by Anton Setola

As seen on Cartoon Brew :

Bold colors and playful visual rhythms merge in Anton Setola’s Jazzed, a film animated in TVP Animation. Finished in 2008, Jazzed had a long festival run and was posted on-line yesterday by the filmmaker.

More info on Anton's blog: http://antonsetola.blogspot.com/

Here is an interview with Anton Setola about the making-of "Jazzed" -

Jazzed de Anton Setola by asblCinergie

Gobelins grad films 2011 - made using TVP Animation

As seen on the TVP Animation User Forum , here's another crop of grad films from Gobelins , made using TVP Animation.

Google for the blogs of the individual students who worked on these films; some beautiful and inspiring work on their blogs.

(do yourself a favor and switch these to HD mode and watch full screen)

À Travers la Brume
(Through the Fog)
Two brothers are hunting a legendary creature. As they hunt, the fog separates them...

A film by Théo BOUBOUNELLE, Violaine BRIAT, Marie-Clémence GAUTHIER, Clément GIRARD, Aude GUIBOURT, Clara VOISIN, Maïté XIA


Les Chiens Isolés
(Lonely Dogs)

On an oil platform, a story of friendship between two workers is compromised by the insanity paranoiac of one of them.

A film by Rémi BASTIE, Nicolas DEGHANI, Jonathan DJOB-NKONDO, Paul LACOLLEY, Nicolas PEGON, Jérémy PIRES, Kevin MANACH


Who's Afraid of Mr.Greedy ?

A blind man comes to get back his identity, stolen by an ogre while he was a child.

A film by Simon BOUCACHARD, Jean-Baptiste CUMONT, Sylvain FABRE, Guillaume FESQUET, Adeline GRANGE, Maxime MARY, Julien ROSSIRE




Banned from his town because of his animality, a wolf man decides to make this segregation come to an end.

A film by François BARREAU, Marion DELANNOY, Claire FAUVEL, Rachid GUENDOUZE, Vincent NGHIEM, Benoit TRANCHET



For Eleanor, the joy of living among other people is out of reach because of her extreme introversion, she shuts herself away in a depressive routine, with her cat as her only support, until the latter, hopeless for her, decides to leave home...

A film by Chloé BURY .




"Rain Town" by Hiroyasu Inshida

"Rain Town" by Hiroyasu Inshida

(if you click through to the YouTube page I suggest switching it to 720p HD mode for better image quality)

The opening titles say:

"In this town, since who knows when, rain has never stopped.
Residents moved out to suburbs and high ground around
"rain town."
People's memories are now deeply submerged.
But into this forgotten rainy town
sometimes, someone wanders."

Graduation film by Hiroyasu Inshida
made at Kyoto Seika University.

Alf Prøysens Barnesanger by Sandes Media

Saw this on CartoonBrew today:

And also on the TVP Animation Community Forum , where they report that the animation and coloring was done with TVP Animation:

So the animation is actually hand-drawn, but paperless , drawn in TVP Animation using Wacom tablets. BG's were painted in Photoshop. (although they could have used TVP Animation to paint the fully-rendered BG's as well)

The director , Hans Jørgen Sandnes , writes:
"...based on the songs of famed Norwegian singer/songwriter Alf Prøysen (1914 – 1970). The series is hand-drawn, made in-house by me and my five collegues. The episodes are short “music-videos” following Prøysens original recordings. We’re very passionate about our work, trying to master the medium of traditional 2D animation.”
Trailer for the television series:

Line test of a scene animated paperlessly in TVP Animation:

Making-of progression video showing line test to final color:

It's interesting that for publicity purposes in the making-of video (above) they have taken steps to disguise the digital origins of the drawings by adding some fake "flipping paper" effects to the animation.

I think I understand why this is done for the general public consumption: the minute you tell non-animation people "we used a digital program to do the animation" many people have this crazy idea stuck in their head : "ah-ha, the computer does it all" , as if the someone simply types in a command and pushes a button , then the computer program animates the scene. Whereas people still understand that if something is hand-drawn an artist is responsible for creating it.

It is difficult for many people to grasp the idea that there can be hand-drawn animation made on a computer , which is virtually the same process as hand-drawn animation on paper, except the lines are drawn directly into a program like TVP Animation using a wacom tablet, instead of drawn on paper and scanned/photographed.

Hand-drawn , in TVP Animation.


Some additional comments from the director/lead animator, Hans Jorgen Sandes, were posted on the TVP Animation Community User Forum:


I'm so glad you're using this on the TVPaint page. Because, it's ALL sketched, animated and coloured in TVPaint. The backgrounds are PhotoShop, and the composite is in AppleMotion. We're working on the subject of painting the backgrounds in TVP as well. The composite is very minimal, and AppleMotion works great with FinalCut.


Since others are so interested in our process, I will make a post on how we're working. I'll also include how the animation is actually done in the TVP software. I'll post it on your forum and my blog.

Anyway, feel free to share this information : ) Looking forward to hear from you again!

All the best,

As promised the lead animator/ director of this piece, Hans J. Sandnes has provided a behind-the-scenes glimpse at their work process using TVP Animation at his studio Sandnes Media.
He writes:

"We're a small team: an animator, an inbetweener, a background-artist, a compositor , and a producer. Using TVPaint means we're still making hundreds of unique drawings. We're sketching, erasing and re-doing drawings. But we don't have to spend time on scanning the drawings, numbering them, line-testing them and archiving them. In a way, TVPaint helps us doing what we like. And takes away the unnecessary steps.

Here's an in-depth look at how we do i
t. " :