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Army Detail

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For a change of pace, here’s some photo restoration, which in this case is mostly just digital painting and experimenting with texture overlays.

Here are a couple of side-by-side comparisons:

tata-split1 tata-split

Working Out The Bugs

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Just a test to see if I can sort of match the ink/paint qualities of an old Looney Tune.

Graduation Present

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Yeah, couldn’t resist. Please scold me if I don’t start animating again.

Mice of a Feather

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Imagine my surprise when I found this 1930s comic strip that seemed eerily relevant to my own life! (Play along.)

Dear Walt

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Naturally I’m too lazy to finish it tonight, but I got an idea for a one-off commemorative comic strip featuring a militantly copyrighted character. So sue me! (Note to soon-to-be-former employer: please don’t sue me.)


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Yes, I’m playing with more animation software after a long hiatus. There’s this odd program called TVPaint that I’ve tried before, but never had enough patience to figure it out. I say it’s odd, because it’s made in France, was originally developed over 20 years ago for the Amiga(!) and has a unique interface that doesn’t use any OS X conventions at all. Tech support is in broken English, and if you buy the software, you have to wait for an archaic USB dongle to be shipped to you. But it’s been steadily growing in popularity among independent animators.

One reason I hated it before is that it didn’t really have dual-monitor support. But now that I’ve restricted myself to one monitor for drawing, I don’t have to worry about that. And, in spite of the loss of screen real estate, I’m finding it much more pleasant just to use it on one screen. Unlike Toon Boom’s Animate, which I paid big bucks for, its palettes are compactly arranged and are easy to quickly hide when you don’t need them.

Once I watched a few quick tutorials, I realized that, in many ways, the software was also more intuitive, especially in terms of quickly creating extremes and breakdowns and adjusting their exposure. Although I’ve only scratched the surface in terms of features, the fact that I can do basic animation without remembering a million keystrokes or struggling with the timeline is a positive sign.

Also positive is that the software is far more actively developed than Animate, which hasn’t had any sort of update in 2 years or so.

On the downside, there’s that dongle, and it doesn’t come cheap. And I’ll admit that it seems silly to buy yet another piece of animation software when I haven’t proven any actual animation aptitude.

I’ll sleep on it.



Strangers O’ The Week

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I’m too lazy to track down the original pictures, so let’s just say they looked exactly like these drawings.

One In 8 Million

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6 years in NY and I still find reasons to walk around with a goofy smile. Probably laughing about the fact that my self-caricature looks different every time I draw it.

Say The Secret Word and I’ll Draw As Often As I’m Supposed To

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Apparently every NBC radio star posed with a microphone.

(On the plus side, I was being creative this weekend. On the minus side, it was nerdy computer stuff that didn’t involve drawing.)

Red It

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Another stranger! Turns out the world is filled with `em.