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