How to Make a Cartoon on the Computer the Old Fashioned Way

The most important thing when applying for roles in storyboard artist film is to demonstrate good drawing skills. Animation is ingrained in modern culture and media very deeply. Few children from anywhere in the world do not spend their formative years being entertained and often inspired by the animated motion pictures and television shows that dominate the screens of the 21st century.

What started as a curious experiment by the likes of Fleischer and Disney has now become an expansive industry that not only shapes the art of entertainment, but has also contributed to the advancement of seemingly unrelated fields of science! Few people can honestly say that at some point in their youth, they did not want to try to make a cartoon. For a long time, even if we had the artistic merit to pull it off visually, this was something that would be a pipe dream for most.

That was, before the digital age took full root in society. Computers have changed a lot about how we do things, and they have also brought the power to accomplish great and beautiful works to our hands. Now, it is very easy to learn how to make a cartoon animation on the computer. It is so easy in fact, that we’re presented with a veritable cornucopia of choices in how we want to go about it.

But, let’s look at a more conventional way to animate, especially for those of us who still feel at home with pens and paper, rather than vectors and inverse kinematics. Animation has for the longest time been the art of taking a series of sequential sketches, painting over them with transparent cells, and photo-implementing them against backgrounds.

This used to involve lots of expensive resources and equipment, fail to mention teams of specialists to operate the processes. Now, a single multi-talented individual can do this very easily. First, it’s a good idea to storyboard your animation. This is done in a style similar to a comic strip, but each panel being what is known as a “key frame”. These key frames are examples of distinct poses within the animation, between which a smooth series of animations should transition.

Upon designing your key frames, it is best to use thin, non-pulp paper to create your animations. Determine how many frames are between each key frame, and stack your key frames, from the bottom up, with the corresponding amount of blank paper between them. Now, begin tracing your key frame, making minor changes for a frame of movement. When you get to the next frame, trace the previous one, making further changes.

If you’ve done it right, by the time you hit another key frame, you should have a perfectly smooth transition from the last. This takes time, so be patient, relax, and be precise. Use heavy ink lines, bearing in mind what your next step will be.

Once you have your inked (or pencil if you prefer) animation frames completed, you should scan them, using a common naming convention like “frame01” etc. to preserve order in your files. Be sure to scan them all at the same DPI and dimension!

Now, you want to color your animations, and omit the paper backdrop, right? You can do this with Photoshop. Open an image, and use the magic wand tool to select the ink lines themselves. Adjust its tolerance until it gets all of it. Now, copy it, and paste it in a new payer. Delete the original layer.

Uh oh, the inks are jagged now, aren’t they? To solve this, select the layer, and go into channels, and create a new layer. Fill it with white, and a white version of the jagged inks will appear. Now, go to effects, and do a Gaussian blur of less than one percent. Then, adjust the levels until the inks smooth out. Copy this channel layer, go back to your normal layers, and just fill it with black.

Now your inks are beautiful, and over a transparency. You are now free to color your cell as you see fit.

Having made your backgrounds beforehand, you have choices in what you assemble your animations with. The easiest one is Flash, which can import your images in series, if you remembered to always save your scans and colored finals with a sequential name system. Once in flash, you can position the backdrop in a layer beneath the animation cells, and export the movie. It will export as Quicktime. You can use any number of free programs to convert it to any number of formats from this point.

This animation method is not for the impatient or easily tired. It takes hours of drawing, scanning, tweaking and coloring just to get a few minutes of animation. This is why this method is expensive and used less often as the years go by. Other forms such as 3D animation and vector/skeletal animation are faster and far less tedious… but for that organic look and classic, timeless feel… nothing beats the old ways!

It’s Fab Cartoon’s hobby to draw, scribble and also create digital art, mostly in cartoon form. In his blog [http://howtomakeacartooncharacter.com/], he shares this passion and introduces the topic to other hobby animators. Visit him at

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Perfect Winter Vacation In Canada

In terms of total area, Canada is the second largest country in the world and its rough population is nine people per square mile. This means that much of its vast landscape is sparsely populated. The snow – covered wilderness provides many possibilities for the perfect winter vacation. If you are planning a family vacation or a weekend getaway with your gang, then winter vacation in Canada is a best choice for you. Nestled on the mountains of Rossland, Red Mountain Resort was a known mining town of British Columbia it would be great to include this on your Canada ski packages.

More Than Just Skiing – Perfect Winter Vacation

Canada is most popular for their well known ski resorts in the world. There are various ski resorts available in Canada like British Columbia’s Whistler, Alberta’s Banff and much more. If you want to know more then you need to do some more online investigation to find better resort that fit your needs and with in your budget. There are number of sites available from where you can collect more information about the Bluepowder.com.au Canada railway trips , flight details and other activities also. With little effort you can earn knowledge about the discount hotels, reservations and other package deals.

Now, the question arises that why not plan your vacation around Canada’s world-famous winter festivals? The major attraction of winter festival is dogsled races, ice sculpting competitions and dance party all night and day. You can also treat yourself to one of the winter festival that genuinely pay tribute to Canada’s colorful history.

Canada winter – Bring a Jacket

Before making any plan, keep in mind that the winter temperature during Canada Vacation is on average lower than the Western Europe and US. So, it is very important for you to take care to research your destination well and plan accordingly. Keep an eye on the weather reports, so that you can prepare yourself for any snowstorms that may come your way.

Bluepowder.com.au Canada travel by train is quite convenient but you can also find many international airlines that fly from one destination to Canada. You can also found lowest fair price and discount on cheap flights. For long distance, you may find that it is easier to move from one place to another by plane. One of the major airlines is “Air Canada“, which is a national carrier, but you can get much more options like West Jet, Air Canada Tango. For the details of winter vacation in Canada, you need to shop around well in advance and select the best deal for your loved once. So, come Canada and enjoy the true natural beauty.

Foodee Raises $6 Million Series A to Expand Corporate Catering in the US

Canadian Corporate Catering Events Poised to Continue Rapid Expansion Plans

VANCOUVER, BC–(Marketwired – February 03, 2016) – Foodee, a food concierge service that delivers meals from local restaurants to company boardrooms, today announced it has closed $6 million CAD in a Series A funding, led by BDC Capital, to fuel its ongoing expansion into US markets. To date, Foodee has raised $10 million from key Canadian and US investors including Yaletown Venture Partners, Voyager Capital, and Structure Capital.

Going after the 10 billion dollar corporate catering market, Foodee has capitalized on an unmet need within the food delivery space. Since launching in Vancouver in 2012 it has grown rapidly, establishing over 4000 customers, 250+ restaurant partnerships, and successfully expanding to Toronto, Austin, Denver, and Philadelphia. Foodee is gearing up to launch Atlanta and Minneapolis in March with several more US cities planned throughout 2016.

“Building on our success in Toronto, Vancouver, and our three pilot cities in the US, we are excited to continue our expansion plans to get quality food into boardrooms across North America,” said Ryan Spong, CEO of Foodee. “Many on-demand apps create more work but less profit for the restaurants on their platform. We’re looking forward to giving our new restaurant partners large, off-peak corporate orders that in many cases double their lunch-time revenue.”

Foodee has set itself apart from other consumer-focused services like Postmates, Caviar and DoorDash, by catering specifically to corporate clientele and partnering with high-demand restaurants that don’t deliver. Through its innovative end-to-end service, Foodee elevates all nodes on the corporate customer experience, from sales to live customer care to highly trained, office appropriate waiter-delivery staff. The tech-enabled platform ensures group dining is on-time, accurate and top quality.

“Food is a bonding experience for many people, and something that can bring a high level of morale and commadarie between coworkers. By bringing the best food from local restaurants, we’re providing companies the ability to offer their employees something beyond the traditional.”

“We’re proud to invest in a company that is resolving the corporate catering challenge all companies across North America share,” said Andrew Lugsdin, Foodee investor and partner at BDC Venture Capital. “In the upcoming months, we look forward to watching Foodee’s next wave of expansion success.”

For more information about Foodee, or to order your next business lunch please visit www.food.ee.

About Foodee

Foodee has made its mission to solve the biggest problems facing the corporate lunch hour: a lack of variety, meals that arrive too early or too late, and excessive package waste. Paying close attention to its impact on the environment, Foodee uses biodegradable packaging, low emission delivery methods and has partnered with in-office composting programs to lower the carbon “foodprint” around the corporate lunch. Foodee has satisfied lunchtime cravings with Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Amazon, Comcast, eBay, Facebook, Microsoft, Starbucks, and more.

Perisher Wins Australia’s Best Ski Resort 2016 At World Ski Awards!

Perisher, Australia’s favourite ski resort, has won Australia’s Best Ski Resort for 2016 at the World Ski Awards. The prestigious title was presented in Kitzbuhel, Austria and is the third time Perisher has won Australia’s Best Ski Resort at the World Ski awards. Bluepowder.com.au can help you plan every detail of your ski trips to Canada to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Located in the Kosciuszko National Park, Perisher boasts 1,245h of skiable terrain across four resort areas of Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega making it the largest resort in the southern hemisphere. With 4 resorts areas Perisher has fantastic skiing and snowboarding for all ages and standards including five award-winning progressive Terrain Parks, Australia’s only Half Pipes and amazing scenic trails including Guthega with views across the main range to Australia’s highest peak Mt Kosciuszko.

Perisher’s vast multi-million dollar snowmaking system consisting of 271 snow guns covers 53.4 hectares of terrain, to ensure guests enjoy a reliable and consistent snow experience each year.

The World Ski Awards aims to drive up standards within the ski tourism industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field. Votes are cast by professionals working within the ski industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and media – and by the public. Voters had to register through the World Ski Awards website or Facebook page and were only allowed to vote once.

World Ski Awards Managing Director Sion Rapson says “World Ski Awards is the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the global ski tourism industry, and as such our 2016 finalists represent the very best the sector has to offer.”

The Epic Australia Pass provides Perisher guests with incredible value which includes access not only to Perisher but also ten world-class ski resorts in Northern America including Whistler Blackcomb in Canada, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Park City in Utah and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe region of California and Nevada, all on one season pass. Perisher guests can truly ski and board year round on the Epic Australia Pass.

Perisher’s Chief Operating Officer, Peter Brulisauer, says “We are very excited to be accepting the 2016 Australia’s Best Ski Resort award at the World Ski Awards. An award like this is testament to the efforts of all our staff; we would not be able to operate at such a high standard year after year without a truly great team. Most importantly I’d like to thank Perisher’s guests that truly create a fantastic atmosphere here every day of winter.”