Hey all! Lately, I've been helping out with my friends' animations this summer, doing clean up animation for their projects. It's almost like inking for comics, except I have to apply the animation principles to my inking, as well as making sure they are on model. It can be a difficult task, but it's fun for me! It allows me to learn Toon Boom Harmony (the same software used to animate shows like Wander Over Yonder, the new Mickey Mouse shorts, and many others). It's a fun software, it really allows animators to animate digitally more so than Flash, for me at least.
Two of those animations have been accepted into film festivals already! Starlight has won the Jury Award at the WonderRoot Film Festival that night, and I got word that The Ballad of Thundercluck has been accepted at SIGGRAPH in Canada! SIGGRAPH is the same conference Pixar debuted their shorts before they created Toy Story. It was their way of getting their name on the map in the industry, and now they and other CGI/animation/video game companies show up at this massive conference. I couldn't be happier for my friends, and to be a part of their success! They are great storytellers, and I know more success will come for them on the way.
To close, things have been challenging on my side, to where the only art I'm doing are the animations. I sketch here and there, but I've been learning more about animation, and prepping for some life changes. We'll see where it takes me. I hope all is well with you, and continue to have a great week!