Having a play around with different styles. 

Really liked how the sketch of this guy turned out so I wanted to see how he would look with a bit of colour. 

Q

theillusionofmovement asked:

Hi there thanks for the follow and liking my posts! As you may have noticed I am very new to this all but very eager to learn. I was just wondering what your method for hand drawn animation is? How do you go from your pile of drawings to a gif of a pencil test / animation? Any help/tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

A

Hey. I’m in a very similar situation to you in that I’m also very new to this, and because I’m just starting out I decided to do everything relatively cheaply until I improve. Here’s a quick rundown of the setup that works for me.

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I picked up a super cheap (but really effective) lightpad for sketching out your animation. I highly recommend the Minisun Lightpad, Ive only got an A4 version just now but i’d get the A3 size in a heartbeat. 

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 I’ve taped down a small pegbar to hold my paper.

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Once I’ve sketched out my frames, I’ll quickly take snapshots of each image with my document camera - I managed to get hold of one of these for around £60, and it’s a life saver. It’s USB so you plug it into your machine and just click away. It’ll number your files in a designated folder on your computer. It takes no time at all. 

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From here you can just import your image sequence into Flash, After Effects or if you don’t have those, you could try software such as Gimp or Pencil. - http://www.pencil-animation.org/

Using this software you can export your image sequence as an animated gif or video. 

I hope this helps!

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