Rony Hotin Demo Reel

Demo reel by Rony Hotin. Most of the shots in this reel were animated with TVP Animation (besides the obvious CG animation in the last 1/3rd of the reel) -


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.

Kid Rocket Clean-Up in TVP Animation by Jeff Baker

Jeff Baker rough animated this on paper, then imported to TVP for clean-up.

Stop-Motion with TVP Animation

This is a Clay animation film made by school-age children using TVP Animation. Although TVP is used primarily as a "paperless" animation system for drawing directly into the program with a Wacom tablet, the program also has a video frame-capture feature and onion-skinning which permits Stop-Motion animation. In this film the students made good use of TVPaint's "green screen" chroma key feature to place the fish into the sets for the swimming shots . They also used TVP to add effects animation such as the bubbles .

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.

"Le Chat Noir" TVP Animation

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" :

"Lucien" , short film animated with TVP Animation

"Lucien" a short film animated using TVP Animation by Nathalie Corcessin, Djamel Meslem, Pierre-Julien Vandenburie, students at LISAA (L'Institut Superieure des Arts Appliques).

Mark Chong- Work In Progress

Not animation, but a good time lapse demonstration of the rough sketching and clean-up capabilities of TVP Animation by illustrator/animator Mark Chong. The time lapse was captured using the stroke recorder embedded in TVPaint. Mark has some great digital drawing tutorials on his blog Ten-Minute Drawing Tutorials.

Here's another illustration inked in TVPaint by Mark Chong:
(click on the image to see it larger)

"Santa Dance" - Shawn McInerney

Shawn McInerney animated this e-card using TVP Animation.

Shawn writes:

"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:


(click image to view animation) -


"SnowMotion" by David Meslin

Animated by UCLA Animation Workshop grad David Meslin, working directly in TVP with a Wacom tablet.

This is a good demonstration of a more "painterly" approach that can be used with TVP Animation.

Trung Lac - TVP Animation

Animation tests using TVP Animation by Trung Lac an animation student at The Academy of Art , San Francisco, CA.

Trung Walking from 2DANM8R on Vimeo.

Shot 8 Magician Rough Animation from 2DANM8R on Vimeo.

TP Shot 4 Rough Animation from 2DANM8R on Vimeo.

Chad Essley - TVP Animation

Very fun piece of paperless animation by Chad Essley drawn with a Tablet PC (Motion Computing LE 1700) animated directly in TVP Animation:

(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:

Chad Essley HAIRCUT animation


Rusty Mills' "Gotcha Covered"

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 called "Gotcha Covered".

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.

"Patriot" by Roy Iddan

New animated short made with TVP Animation by Roy Iddan.


"Stranger" by Alon Boroda

Short film "Stranger" by Alon Boroda , made while a student at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Animated in "Mirage" (which is the name TVP was marketed under from 2003 - 2005 when it was being distributed by BHS. Mirage as such is no longer available, but TVP is the same as Mirage , only better, with more features) .


Eric Goldberg : "Racetrack" Drew Carey's Green Screen

This piece wasn't animated directly with TVP or Mirage , but does show how TVP can be used to color animation with a "hand-painted" look. The drawings were done on paper , then scanned into Mirage (an earlier version of TVP) for coloring.

There's more about that in the linked article from AWN , so take a look . I think that the Racetrack segment from Green Screen is as fine and funny a piece of animation as you're likely to see , so just for the pure enjoyment factor I wanted to share this .


"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.


Peg Hole Registration with TVP Animation

Even though TVP Animation is great for tablet-based paperless animation , it is also very useful for traditional hand-drawn animation pencil tests.

When scanning drawings it is much faster to use an Auto Document Feed scanner . However, drawings scanned with an ADF scanner are not precisely registered. The peg holes on the individual drawings may shift quite a bit when running through the ADF scanner rollers , causing the drawings to jitter . The peg holes must be aligned.

This is done with the soon-to-be released TVP 9.5 improved Peg Holes Registration function . Drawings are scanned in off-pegs, but are then easily registered and aligned. (previous versions of TVP have used the "2-Point Stabilization" function in the FX Panel to accomplish peg-hole tracking and registration which worked fine, but was not as simple and easy to use as the new Peg Hole Registration function)

Here is an example.

1.) In the first part the peg holes on the raw scans are unaligned and the drawings shift & jitter .

2.) In the second part it shows the same set of drawings with the peg holes aligned using TVP Peg Hole Registration.
(play it twice through for comparison of the before and after)

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.