Asides

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!

Surfing Fiddlers

Outsect Surfing Fiddlers
The Surfing Fiddlers

Outsects tip their fiddles and synchronize surfboards to pay homage to Katsushika Hokusai and his woodblock print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”.

Notes: This picture started out as a light pencil drawing followed by watercolor paint, and the lines were then picked out using pen and ink. In the original I painted the sky as an afterthought and promptly regretted the decision and put the picture out of sight. Recently, I retrieved the image and decided I still liked the idea of surfing fiddlers and opted to scan it. Once I had “the Surfing Fiddlers” in my computer, I removed the sky using Affinity Photo (an excellent alternative to Photoshop owned by the avaricious Adobe Company). Next, the surfboards were tweaked (in the original these were all a muddy flat orange). Using the “Flood Select Tool”, Affinity’s alternative to Photoshop’s “Magic Wand”, I removed the watercolor paint from the surfboards and then recolored them using the “Gradient Tool”. These changes helped to give a more 3D look to the surfboards, and now they look as though they are shiny and as we all know “shiny” things move fast.

Original Surfing Fiddlers
Original Surfing Fiddlers