Losing Lunch

I had lunch with my good friend Shawn yesterday, at Taco Del Mar. He told me about the new condo he just bought. I had the shits for the rest of the day. Shawn, soon you will move into your new condo. I hope that every time you come home to it, you remember the ...

Not Anymore

Well, I am on a temporary “sabbatical” from PNCA… at least from the Technician side of things. I start teaching “Flash Animation” next week, which will be a lot of fun. The last time I taught the class was for teenagers, which was a very cool and uniquely challenging experience. Its been a while since ...

Temporary Hiatus

I have taken a contract job with Renegade Animation for the next couple of weeks, which will pull me away from adding to this blog. I have also had to revert to Flash for a personal project, when I couldn’t get ToonBoom to do what I wanted.

Exposures

Cells

Toonboom is sort of stuck between the traditional animation and the digital mentalities. When it first starts up, over on the right is a traditional dope sheet (exposure sheet, x-sheet, etc.). Those familiar with timing things out before animating will be on familiar ground — you can even time the animation out in Toonboom without ...

Drawing

I appreciate that one can just start drawing in Toonboom. Sure, it would probably help to know about exposures, Libraries, etc. But for the initial tryout, I want to be able to try out the drawing. I started with the mouse, and it fared well. Drawing is similar to the brush in Flash — but ...

Benefits

Right now, in the next room along, the PNCA benefits meeting is going on. As someone who does not qualify for benefits, I resent the free pizza and soda pop being liberally enjoyed while discussing the health care options I don’t get. In the next room. Pizza smells, wafting. I didn’t have breakfast. So if ...

Initial Impressions

First impressions of the application, from user interface to documentation. I purchased the download version, and did not receive any packaging or paper documentation. The pdf documentation has a nice table of contents, which is very useful. Also useful are the “See Also” listings at the end of each section, hot-linked to their destination. The ...

Introduction

I have been animating professionally in Flash for seven years, and know my way around the Flash environment. It is, by far, the most popular application to use; however it has never been a great environment, with awkward setups and animation, glitchy interfaces, etc. Of late, the new versions have been much more geared towards ...

Back Again

I have had to recreate this blog due to technical difficulties. Its now using Blogger as the publishing engine. We’ll see if it works well. One immediate benefit is that I can now upload photos, and link to other Blogger people.