Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

I realized I haven't posted anything here in quite a while. So here's a little Halloween animated piece for you!  (Yeah, I made it last year but forgot to post it here.) 

Daz3D Studio Pro, Clip Studio Paint EX, PD Howler, Jasic Animation Shop with some flame effect from HitFilm 4 Express and a 3D pumpkin prop  downloaded from http://www.sharecg.com/v/56002/browse/11/Poser/The-Pumpkin )

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Snowman in Love (animated)

Done with Project Draco for iPad (it was then in Beta, it is now released as Sketchbook Motion.)

Learn more about Project Draco at this link: autodeskresearch.com/blog/draco-ipad

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year (animated)

It's a bit belated, but today I created this New Year animation, using once again Daz3D Studio and PD Howler.  Enjoy!

Artist's note:

It's not deaf-related, though.  I wanted to do something using American Sign Language, but I don't have enough time.  It's also a bit longer and slightly more complicated to make, so I can't turn it into an animated GIF like I did with the other animated pieces.  Instead, I just made a short video and that'll do for now.   By the way, the 3D prop, "2016," is a weekly freebie I downloaded from http://www.most-digital-creations.com and animated in Daz3D Studio.  The fireworks was created in PD Howler.  They were composited in Movieplusx6 video editing software (with "Happy New Year" added).

I just truly enjoyed creating animated pieces with whatever programs I have.  PD Howler is my absolutely favorite software - I consider it  to be "After Effects Elements,"  or After Effects Lite.   (You know, like Adobe Photoshop Elements and Adobe Premiere Elements.  Too bad there is no actual After Effects Elements, so PD Howler will do just fine, lol.)   There are a lot of cool effects I could add to create animation, which is why I really like PD Howler.  At the moment I have PD Howler 9.6, although they will be releasing PD Howler 10 soon...I plan to upgrade it next week.

I will plan to do more animated pieces in near future.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas! (Animated)

Artist's Note:
You probably have seen this cat already,  in a Valentine drawing last year.  But this time as an animated Christmas version!  I had long planned to animate this cat some time ago...I had drawn the head, body, tail, and the hand separately in early 2000s and was going to do something with it.  But I never did get around to animating it, and it was long before I had Anime Studio Pro.  Now that I have  a few animation tools at hand, I was able to finish it, along with a background  I downloaded from photos-public-domain.com.  I just need  to get better at using Anime Studio Pro, but for now...enjoy! 
Merry Christmas! 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween (Fingerspelled)

Artist's Note:
Created this with Daz3D studio and PD Howler 9.6.
(I've been dabbling in Daz3D studio from time to time, mostly
as reference only.  Some time ago, though, I realized Daz3D Studio
has animation capabilities, something I never knew, lol. And it
is surprisingly easy to animate, too.  I may create more
like this in the future.)

Anyway...Happy Halloween indeed!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Surprise

This is the character Barbera Erikson from the old Girl Scouts comics
I drew many years ago (and posted them here earlier, too).  I would
like to draw more of her, time permitting.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Animated Pocket Watch

(Note:  This is actually a close-up look at the pocket watch.  It was a part of a larger gif which includes Laurent Clerc, that I created for the ASL Rose website.  The said website will be open sometime in 2016.)

Artist's Note:
 This is one piece I am REALLY pleased with. Mostly because I drew and based the pocket watch
as closely as  possible on an actual pocket once possessed by Jean Massieu.  According to  the Deaf History,  Jean Massieu gave his pocket  to his longtime friend Laurent Clerc before the famous deaf teacher set out on a long trip to America with Thomas H. Gallaudet to establish American School for the Deaf.  The pocket watch is now on a display at display at American School for the Deaf Museum in West Hartford.

As for the animated GIF I drew the pocket watch in a vector software (Drawplus x8, which is kinda like an Abobe Illustrate Elements, but I can say I don't really recommend it to  any serious professional artists - it is more suitable for hobbyists only, and I had discovered belatedly.) Then I enhanced it in Photoshop and imported it into Anime Studio Pro 11 to animate the hours so they would spin around, like I did with the Mouse Sleeping on the Grandfather Clock Gif.  To make a GIF out of it, I simply exported it from Anime Studio as PNG file batch and put them together in Jasc Animation Shop (part of  Paint Shop Pro), and there you have it.  I'm just happy with how it turned out.  I think I am beginning to get hang of Anime Studio Pro 11 (I bought Anime Studio Pro 9.5 via Amazon on a Black Friday sale, but barely did anything with it for several long months until after I upgraded it to verison 11. I am glad I did, the new version made it rather easy for me to use it.) 

Hopefully someday I'd like to create more animated clips using human characters especially the deaf ones who sign in American Sign Language. We'll see. 

The Mouse sleeping on the Grandfather Clock (animated)

Artist's Note:
This is a test animated gif,  The grandfather clock was drawn in Manga Studio EX 5, enhanced in Photoshop, and imported into Anime Studio Pro 11 and animated it.   The mouse and the bubble (with dancing "Z" in it) was drawn and animated in Anime Studio as well.  Hmm.  To be honest, it is just a lot easier to just draw characters and objects  in other softwares like Manga Studio and then import all into Anime Studio rather than try to draw everything inside Anime Studio.   Neverthless, I am pretty pleased with this animated Gif.

Originally the grandfather was to be in a larger gif (which included Laurent Clerc) that  I created for the ASL Rose website, but my friend (and my boss) wanted a historical pocket watch so I replaced it with the watch instead.  Rather than throwing the grandfather away, I decided to add the sleeping mouse and there you have it.   How I turned it into a gif:  I just exported the mouse and the clock from Anime Studio as PNG file batch, put them together in Jasc Animation Shop (part of Paint Shop Pro 7) and there it is.   You can see the said watch pocket in a close-up animated GIF in the next entry.   Enjoy! 

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Flying Bats (animated)

Artist's Note: 
I had been wanting to animate something.  I wanted to create some animated clips and tell a story with them.  I've been looking around for a suitable animation software I could use more easily.  I had bought two such softwares, at a lower price.  One is Anime Studio Pro 9.6 , which I have yet to master it, and the other is PD Dogwaffle Howler 9.6 (which I created the flying bats above this week).  Howler is a not an easy piece to learn, because their layers are designed differently from other standard editing software like Photoshop.  But I learned how to create an animated brush (with just one bat), and in using it, I was able to create animated clip.  Very cool.  (Actually, the moonlit background was created in Photoshop,  the bat was drawn in Manga Studio EX 5.)  I also created another one similar to this as a birthday gift for an artist I know (not posted here, though, because it included two characters that belongs to the said artist, so I don't feel I should post it here anyway.)  

Of two animation software,  Anime Studio is probably easier but like I said I need to learn how to master it.   I do like Howler, however, it is packed with sooooooooooooo many features that I have yet to learn all, and their layers are the only one biggest issue I had.  Oh well.

Now, I am hearing that Krita, another new software for  digital painting and illustration  will be upgraded  sometime this year with their own animation features.  Best of all, Krita is free and open-source, so I am already looking forward to seeing how it works when Krita animation software comes out.  Hopefully it will be much easier using Krita than Howler when it comes to creating animation.  We will see.  

Anyway...enjoy the flying bats!  I hope to create more animated clips as time permits....yeah @_@ 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

This is an old drawing I did in early 2000's.   Enjoy, and Happy Valentine's Day!