Jumper Dude Revisited

This is a second pass at the little animation I posted here. I reworked the landing slightly and then played with Pencil’s coloring tools. The alpha protection mode is actually really useful for shading and highlights, but I’m still not crazy about the quality of the finished line on the character. I also did a really quick background in Gimp.

Pencils on a pencil in Pencil

Experimenting with various approaches to finishing a drawing in the open source program Pencil. Nothing really satisfies me. I have a plan to do some old-fashioned paper and pencil animation this weekend. I think I may try finishing some of those frames in Gimp or MyPaint for comparison. MyPaint just released version 1.1 and I can’t wait to try out the new features.

Pencil Experiments
Pencil Experiments

A Little Jumper Dude

Some really crappy straight-ahead practice in Pencil. I did a lousy job of maintaining volumes, the landing makes no sense, and that initial antic is pretty weak, but at least I got a practice session in. 🙂

It was touch and go for a while as my Wacom driver stopped working under Windows 7, so I couldn’t use Toon Boom as I’d planned. I spent about 90 minutes reinstalling and updating drivers to no avail. Luckily, I never have that problem on Linux Mint.

Digital Drawing Practice

I’m going to bed early tonight, so here are some snowmen. I’m obviously still trying to improve my digital drawing skills. I actually drew the blue one first with a two-pixel pencil setting, then the black one with a one-pixel setting. I also tried a trick on the black one where I zoomed out to draw the thumbnail, then zoomed in to finish it. That approach seemed fruitful and I intend to explore it further.

Snowmen
Snowmen