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. Read more him at Scenesbydean.com

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Start Crafting Today With These Simple Tips

The storyboard artist film is hired during pre-production. Arts and crafts is a wonderful hobby. From sewing to whittling and everything in between, there’s really an opportunity out there no matter a person’s interests. Looking for more information? Continue reading for the best tips.

You can definitely make some use of old newspapers by helping to prevent damage from craft messes and spills. When you have completed your project, you can toss the paper and not worry about any other issues.

Messes are inevitable when kids do crafts. If you find this upsetting, lay down a drop cloth before starting. You can use washable markers and glue too.

Keep your focus on just one thing. In this hobby, new projects are always tempting to start. However, that’s a surefire way to keep those projects unfinished! Finish your crafting project before starting a new one. In this way, you are sure to finish them all.

Look up ideas for crafts online. You will literally find thousands of websites that have ideas that will spark your imagination. It doesn’t matter the age because you can find something for everybody.

You can find a lot of supplies online on sites like Etsy. This site offers items for sale from individuals. You can buy supplies here, and you can sell your creations, too. This site is ideal for finding vintage media for crafting.

Keep all supplies for arts and crafts projects well organized. There are different ways to do this, but you should pick something that makes sense to you. It is much easier to get your hands on the items you need when all of the supplies are well organized. Also, being organized will help you see everything you have.

Arts and crafts can be fun for kids of any age. Try to think of projects your children will enjoy working on. You can easily find ideas on the Internet or even ask other parents for tips if you cannot think of anything your children will enjoy doing.

Take a look around the kitchen if you are looking for craft supplies. Many gems can be found there. You have metal cans, empty jars, aluminum foil, and much more. Dried beans are even a possibility.

Arts and crafts are entertaining to people, both young and old. There is something for everyone to enjoy, no matter how old they are or what they’re into. Check online for some inspiration.

Ensure you have the necessary supplies before starting a project. You don’t want to start on a project and realize that you don’t have what you need to complete it. Make a list of what you need ahead of time, then check if you have it or go out and get it before you start.

Whenever you engage kids with arts and crafts, try and turn it into an opportunity to learn. Get them to do math, learn science or appreciate art.

Buy in wholesale when you need lots of supplies. It can be expensive to buy from big retailers. A great way to save money and lower the cost of your arts and crafts supplies is if you buy them in bulk. You may just end up with more supplies that you can use on your own, so share them with friends or make extra cash by selling them online.

Don’t be quick to discard packaging materials. You can reuse and recycle these materials for different craft projects. Store packaging items, as well as other items you would normally throw away, in a bin and look through it whenever you are in need of inspiration for a craft project.

To give your pet the perfect crafty holiday gift, have your kids make it a personalized water or food dish. Decorate the bowl or dish with permanent markers or paint pens. Your pet will have a great, new dish and it will add a little flair to your home, too!

If you want to get inexpensive craft supplies, look online. You can get good deals on the Internet. Big retailers you like might not have much, but other sites probably will. Online, you will find better prices than you will locally.

Buy model car kits which are age appropriate for your kids. Young children do well with snap-together kits; teenagers are better suited for painting and gluing small pieces.

Search around local shops that have on-hand literature that details different types of craft projects. When browsing the store, look around for ideas. Usually, they can be found at eye level on a hook. Retailers usually keep all the necessary supplies in the same aisle so you can easily find everything you need.

Making things that you can use in your home makes arts and crafts even more satisfying and fun. You can make your own home decor, like frames and blinds. And, they also make for great gifts to other people who can also use them.

Many people don’t consider cooking a craft; however, you can let your creativity flow in the kitchen. Try to bake a cake and decorate it for the next birthday party. Decorating cupcakes could be easier.

Do you like handmade things, but don’t have time to do it yourself? You might be surprised by the speed at which you develop your new skill. You could sign up for a class or start practicing on your own with simple projects such as building a bird house.

You should now have some information that can help you along the way. If you enjoy doing this already, then you should become better at it. Most importantly here and begin enjoying this hobby.

Will The Living Room Print Go Digital?

Concept Boards, sometimes called “Mood” boards, are a tool designers use to curate images that convey an overall theme or design concept. As I was re-reading a Sherlock Holmes story on my iPhone with Google Reader app (I like it very much) my eye caught sight a photographic print on the my bedroom wall. I wondered whether the print and paintings, what are considered part of home decor, would be replaced by digital frames in the same way that books are being replaced by eBooks.

Amazon recently proclaimed that they were selling more eBooks than physical books.

Will this digital conversion also replace the physical print in frame on the living room wall?

Were there unique differences between eBooks and a digital picture frames?

At first glance, they do seem different – but I thought it would be interesting to enumerate the differences.

The world has come to the conclusion that reading books is very convenient on digital devices, whether it be an iPad, an iPhone, a Kindle, a NOOK etc. The only screen that I cannot read on for any length of time is my computer screen. No matter what anyone says, I still like to curl up with a good eBook – something that I can’t do with this giant screen.

Given that background, I began to wonder whether the living room print, the living room photos, the paintings in the hallway, would be replaced by digital frames.

And more to the point, what exactly was the difference between digital books and digital displays of visual art.

The differences may seem obvious to you – but I felt the need to enumerate these differences because as far as I could see, the digital picture frame had still not caught on, although it was a much simpler thing to do from a technical point-of-view.

1. Give Us Some Style

At first glance (so to speak) the digital book and the digital picture frame seem similar. A book is simply a display of some combination of text and pictures.

The digital picture frame displays images. The frame could be large, though as you begin to approach poster size, price becomes an issue. But smaller picture frames could be purchased, and rather than being able to only show one picture, they could be programmed to show different pictures at different times of the day, or in a random manner – like a screensaver for the wall.

And therein – lies the problem. What is chosen to display on a living room wall is an expression of the owner(s) of that space.

The very fact that it doesn’t change from one image to another, gives it a value because you chose it. Think of it as a bit of interior design. The single unchanging picture in the living room has the responsibility of proclaiming your sense of style, in the same way as the paint on the wall, the furniture in the room, and the lighting mechanism.

The book, at it’s core, is not for display purposes. It’s true that there will always be rare books for display. First printings of rare books, and all that sort of thing. But for most people, books can be enjoyed perfectly well if they are curled up in a nice armchair, or sitting on a plane (ugh), or wherever without needing to be shown as a declaration of who you are.

In terms of style, if the very use of a digital frame becomes a wow factor, a proclamation of your style, then they could become popular. But unlike the benefits of reading a digital book, the digital frame as a style statement has an uphill battle.

2. The Enjoyment Factor

The book can be read and enjoyed on any suitable device because it is a set of symbols that you translate in your imagination. The art of telling a story, or writing about history, is not inherent in the physical presentation but in the way that the story or history is told.

It is true, that there is a craft associated with physical books which can make them works of art despite the content – but here we are talking about a separate form of artistic endeavor that will be lost to the digital book reader. Of that there is no doubt. But it is also clear that a time will come when this sort of bookmaking craft will be rare – and that purchasers of well-made physical books will do so as investments and read them (if they dare) with white cotton gloves on.

The question is whether a viewer can get the same enjoyment from a digital picture frame as from an original physical print?

That digital frame on the living room wall is always there. It can be turned on or off. It can show art, or turn into a video screen. But this very ability to display anything (unlike the case with the digital book) will make it harder to enjoy. Even if you only have one digital image in it, that image will not have the same aesthetic value as a physical print.

This ability to display anything removes the personality behind the images.

Some laptop makers now offer different covers as an option. The way the laptop looks, rather than what it does, is an important fashion statement.

The well-crafted artistic books that I mentioned before will become more interesting because they can’t morph into something else.

In short, even if a digital frame had the same “look” as a traditional painting or print, knowing that you were looking at a digital representation that could be changed with the press of a button – will make the presentation less enjoyable.

Efficiency is not the key to enjoyable art. Can you imagine Renoir exclaim to his fellow painters: “Hey guys! Watch this. Now we can flip through my pictures with the click of my smartphone.”

Edward Weston used to do something like that. Ansel Adams writes (and I’m paraphrasing) that Edward would invite friends over and have a stack of small contact prints, perhaps they were 5 x 7’s.

He would put each one on a small easel for his friends to look at. Then without saying a word, remove it and place the next one on the easel. And so on until the little show was over.

Then they would talk.

But this was not a slideshow, or a digital frame with a clicker. These were original prints – and I just can’t imagine a time where a print will turn into a slideshow; whereas I can easily see a time when only the very wealthy have what we used to call books. Books are always the source of information.

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