Showing posts with label learning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label learning. Show all posts

Friday, October 23, 2015

Trying New Ways

Back to blogging. I hope. Where does the time go? As usual I have been doing too many things all at the same time. Just for fun I thought I'd try taking a course from one of my favourite British Illustrators since she recently blogged about taking a trip to the US to film a session of videos with a company called CRAFTSY. I had never heard of them but I looked them up and signed up for their newsletter. Two days ago they launched Lynne Chapman's new series about drawing. So I decided to give it a try. Now I am learning about her style and approach to drawing. I must say I am so happy to be trying this out. I am kind of bogged down in my own old ways of drawing and having some new ideas from a master's approach to illustrating for children is absolutely inspiring. She is a great teacher and the course is quite thorough and reasonable price of around $40 for a very extensive set of videos and one can do it all on one's own time.
Here are some of my sketches. I have taken them further into my own software, CorelDRAW for vectors and then Painter for details, which is my own way of finishing things up. It's the drawing part that is so much fun really. I highly recommend her course to anyone interested in drawing animals and children for picture books. All you need to start is paper and some nice soft pencils.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Benefits of Entering a Contest / Win or Lose

 The winner of the Toon Boom Animated Valentine Contest was a teenage girl with Autism with an intense interest in Animation, lots of facebook friends who voted for her and great family support. This is a good thing.

Entering the Valentine Animation Contest had benefits for all contestants. For me the best parts are
  • Free Software, Flip Doodle Boom, an inexpensive software for teachers and kids enabling them to create short Animations with ease.
  • In this moment of great enthusiasm, I downloaded a free demo of another program called Animationish  which I LOVE because it is drawing based. So I purchased a copy for myself. It is worth every penny!
  • I know teachers would find it a great way to teach basic classical animation to young art students of all ages and it sells at a very reasonable price compared to expensive Toon Boom software products for professionals.
All is well. Here is what I made for you dear blog friends today. A one minute video using Animationish with images edited in Corel Painter and Corel Video Studio.
I call it  Happy Chickens. Do you think they might make a neat e-birthday card?
Oh! And don't miss Albert's smile at the end which is an experiment to see if you can import jpegs and png files into Animationish. And you can!