OpenToonz Animation Timelapse from Draconian Rain on Vimeo.
I made this in hopes of showing others that you don’t need to be in a studio or use fancy software to make animation with cool looking effects. It’s 4hrs sped up to 26 minutes.
It’s a shame that so many people strongly believe that you need After Effects to create anything halfway decent. It’s simply not true. All you need is passion, determination, motivation and a willingness to not only learn but be prepared to do problem solving. After you learn OpenToonz, your only real roadblock is yourself.
Keep trying guys. Just keep at it and please always use freeware to learn animation first because so many people after they realise there is not “do it for me” option and find out that you have to do everything yourself, these people give up while others come to find that despite the results they absolutely hate the process and also give up.
Don’t waste your precious money on paid software until you are certain that animation is for you and who knows, perhaps you will never leave freeware and opensource because of the many benefits, including an active and friendly community.
So I recently heard of the latest update. Naturally I went and updated all my copies. I am dual booting linux on my old laptop and my good PC. My so called good PC is the one I bought specially for digital art. Anyway, I’ve never been able to render a thing on windows and it takes seconds to lag so I tend to do all my modelling on linux. After taking a poke around I was happy to see a lot of bug fixes but mostly I was happy to be able to do a short render in a few short minutes, no lag while modelling and most importantly, no crashing during rendering or any part of modelling. Below is my mini test of a cloth simulation and a collision test. I’m still playing with the settings to get a better effect but it’s a start. Also I must say, I’m really pleased with the Blender Toon Shader.
I’ll hopefully be posting more 3D tests and possibly 3D animations as I go along. When I get a new drawing tablet I’ll hopefully be getting back
Image via Wikipedia
I found this link that some may find helpful. It’s how to outline text in GIMP. The reason I am sharing this is because some of us don’t and can’t afford photoshop for that feature and if you make comic’s or manga, it’s something the becomes necessary when you need to put black text over a black background.
Enjoy and happy drawing guys!