Monday, December 23, 2019

I tried animating in Krita

    Krita is one of my favorite digital painting programs, not only because its open source but also
because its completely free (as in beer)! 

I have a Wacom Intuous 4 pro, but I misplaced my pen about a year ago. Luckily I still had the first pen tablet I purchased which was the Bamboo CHT-470.

I mainly used my tablets for photo retouching in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.

Sometimes the artistic gene skips family members. Both my mother and father are very talented when it comes to drawing and painting. My youngest sister is possibly the most artistic from all of us siblings but I found out recently that my own daughter is extremely talented in the arts.

Matter of fact she designed my newest tattoo:

I'm thinking of getting her a drawing tablet as well. Although, we should go a step further and get her a graphics tablet (tablet with built-in screen). 

Perhaps it would be best that she trains her hand-eye coordination with a traditional pen tablet but with her amazing talents she should have better tools. 

Who knows, maybe soon we can get her a blog too where she can build an online portfolio and share her gift with the world. 

As for using Krita for animation, I'd done some animation with Maya, Blender, Spine, Flash, Aseprite and Toonboom but despite how awesome these programs are having a good (or expensive) program wont make you an animator. I've learned that the hard way. 

Although I don't really know many of the fundamental principles for animation drawing this was pretty fun. It's a lot different from using animation tweens with Flash or Toonboom.

In the video below I share my process for animating. It was a long project but very fun. I have  a newfound respect for traditional animators. 

I read somewhere that the anime Akira  had 160,000 hand-painted cels! (one of the first Anime I ever watched).


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