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Animated Fox Doodle by HyraxAttax Animated Fox Doodle by HyraxAttax

Here’s an animation doodle I did during Thanksgiving.  I decided to try out the animation features of Autodesk’s SketchBook Pro 7, which I got the week before while I was at CTN.

I wanted to try out the animation features added in SBP7, since I liked how the brushes worked in SBP6, but I was disappointed to find out how limited it actually is - you get only two real layers to animate on, and a third layer for a single background drawing.  Keyframes are also not layer-independent like they are in higher-end animation software like Flash or Toon Boom.  You basically get enough layers for a single character’s rough and clean animation.  The onion skinning is also hard to read, if you’re a light sketcher like I am.

Another big issue I have is that the program only lets you export your “flip book” as a PNG sequence.  You need a separate program to compile it into an animated GIF or video format.

While I wouldn’t use this program for any serious animation production, it is a great program for students who want to do short pencil tests (I am sure it’s possible to get TVPaint-quality stuff out of it, if you’re crafty and very patient), but can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on the bigger suites.  I think it was only about $30 for a one-year license.  You will need to find a GIF or video-editing program to show your animations outside of the program.  I’m sure there are free options, but I haven’t needed to find one in years.

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spacebites Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh it's so perfect
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Dahakka Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
wonderful motion arcs and spot-on spacing.
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