Animated by Rony Hotin with TVP Animation. Logo for the TVPaint.com web site.
This clip and the other clips on this blog were animated paperlessly by drawing directly into TVP Animation using a Wacom tablet or a tablet PC . (or Wacom Cintiq tablet.) The animation is hand-drawn using traditional animation principles, but no paper was used.
In addition to frame-capturing the clay animation, they used TVP to animate the titles and the small school of fish swimming in the first shot.
A short film animated with TVP Animation (BG's done in Painter) made by students at Lycée technique des Arts et Métiers in Luxembourg.
Here are some scenes done by one of the animators, Rony Hotin :
Sc. 9 Line Test , animated with TVP Animation:
Sc. 9 completed in color:
The entire film of "Le Chat Noir" :
Here's another illustration inked in TVPaint by Mark Chong:
(click on the image to see it larger)
"I drew it all digitally with a Cintiq. I used TVP Animation to do the pencil tests, and then imported the drawings to Toon Boom for the cleanup, ink, and paint."
(the advantage to clean-up and ink & paint in Toon Boom is because Toon Boom is a vector application which allows exporting to smaller .SWF files , which is important for making animation which is primarily web-based such as e-cards. I have also found that it is effective to rough and clean-up in TVPaint at high resolution , then export the drawings to Adobe Illustrator for conversion from bitmap to vector lines , then import the vectorized line drawings into ToonBoom or Flash for coloring. If the clean-up drawings from TVPaint are tight enough and drawn at a high enough resolution they can also be imported directly to ToonBoom using Toon Boom's "Import & Vectorize" function which will auto trace the bitmap drawings to vector format. Again, this is helpful if very small file size and exporting to .SWF file format is important for fast playback on the web.)
EDIT: if the embedded link for this clip is down, click on the following link to see the animation on Shawn McInerney's site:
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This is a good demonstration of a more "painterly" approach that can be used with TVP Animation.
Trung Walking from 2DANM8R on Vimeo.
Shot 8 Magician Rough Animation from 2DANM8R on Vimeo.
TP Shot 4 Rough Animation from 2DANM8R on Vimeo.
(this clip tends to load a little slow, so on the first pass through it can "stick" a bit, so let it load and play through once then watch it on a loop) -
Just in case this plays back a bit sticky here's the original link on the TVP site:
Rusty is animating this on a Motion Computing tablet PC using Mirage.
(a previous version of TVP which is no longer available, but very similar to the present TVP 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.
"Racetrack" is a beautifully animated piece by Eric Goldberg, as a segment of Drew Carey's Green Screen Show.
"Drew Carey's Green Screen Show" featured Drew Carey as the host , and an ensemble cast of improv actors doing skits in front of a "green screen" . After the live actors had done their stuff , the footage was handed over to various animators (coordinated by Acme Film Works) to embellish the skit with animation. The show never really took off , and like all improv sketches there were hits and misses . One of the hits, in fact probably the strongest piece that came out of this show, was a sequence called "Racetrack" animated by master animator Eric Goldberg.
In an article on Animation World Network there is a bit about the production process they used on the piece . I was interested to note that they used Mirage for the ink & paint. Notice how the drawings have a beautiful, organic hand-colored look , like watercolor washes or markers.
According to the article :
Without pre-sketching or testing, Goldberg animated with ink directly on paper, working in a style he was comfortable with, allowing for a certain amount of boil and spontaneity. He wanted the game's horse character to have the same scratchy, rubber-hose freedom of the Fleischer and Krazy Kat cartoons.
His wife, Susan Goldberg , assisted as art director, and his two daughters helped with mattes. Using Shake for compositing and Mirage for ink-and-paint, Scott Johnston helped achieve the animation's watercolor look.
Goldberg was committed to putting in as much technical detail as possible, such as the secondary action of the horse's reigns (animated by Todd Jacobson), because it makes the piece more convincing and compelling to watch. Goldberg feels this added effort adds a quality and touch that really sells the whole illusion.
As I've mentioned before, the application called "Mirage" is no longer available as such . The company that used to sell Mirage , Bauhaus Software, no longer sells it . However the software development company (TVPaint Development Co.) that originally developed Mirage has taken over and is now marketing a much improved version of Mirage as TVP Animation.
Here is the complete rough animation of this scene:
This scene is from a pilot for a film that was never completed. I had the drawings from my first rough pass on the scene , so decided to use those as a demonstration of how Peg Hole Tracking & Registration works in TVP Animation.