Tag: Animation fail

Pretty Tricky


Another drawing using the Procreate app. This illustration shows Outsects exploring the bottom of the sea in a mini-sub. I had originally intended to depict a flying saucer but when I added the background, I thought it looked more watery than “spacey.”

I am letting the app stay in its default video record mode as I draw; this provides the bonus “animation” that you can see above.

Procreate works best as a pseudo animation tool if I draw and delete as I progress through the image. This process is pretty tricky as it means I lose my image history as I proceed. (Animation is usually done in a series of stills that can be individually revisited and fine-tuned.) Procreate animation is more “in the moment” and Zen-like!) I think it works best if I just animate a small section of the drawing. My brain can handle that demand; the more elaborate the animation, the more complicated the stages for each transition and if that flow is messed up it causes an interruption to the final product.

Here are two animation experiments. The one with the ball worked better than I realized but I was not attentive enough as I drew. I needed to keep the round shape of the red ball as it moves along the Outsect’s arms. The next animation is more complex, and the dancing Outsects work when I kept the movements small. You can see where I lost patience and let one Outsect throw the other out of the picture. The transition was too sudden. Still, every stroke of my virtual drawing pencil teaches me something, so improvements are promised!

Invisible Outsects!

I recently downloaded a trial version of ToonBoom Harmony an animation program and set to work on animating Outsects. I drew the Outsects in black on a white background and added colored butterflies. When my masterpiece was complete, I exported the animation into a format that I could share with the world. It was converted to a Quicktime movie, and I was very pleased with myself until I viewed the final product. For some reason, the animation saved with a black background. As a result, you can’t see all the work I did on my Outsects! This is my very first attempt at animating Outsects (or anything else for that matter). You will just have to trust me when I say I had 102 Outsects running around waving butterfly nets!