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Blink Blink

Creating a Blink in Toon Boom's Flipboom By Ko Maruyama
Using the Eraser tool in Toon Boom's software for kids - Flipboom will erase everything under the brush in that frame.  Sometimes this is a good thing, especially when you want to animate a "blink".

Rather than hand drawing this blink, I simply stole frames from previous illustrations and erased the portions of the eye that I didn't need, and drew in some eyelids where they should be.

I'm sure that there are several different ways to animate a "blink" sequence on your character, but I'm demonstrating how you might use Toon Boom's Flipboom to do it.  Flipboom is a great way to animate your doodles, and as you get into the software, you'll find there are a bunch of little tricks that you can pull off with this sub-$30 package.

Of course, I am using a Wacom tablet.  If you're considering drawing anything digitally, even if you're not going completely paperless, you need a Wacom tablet.  You can start with a small tablet, but professionals and serious hobbyists will want to look at the options that the Intuos 3 offers. ( http://www.wacom.com)




This tutorial is for the benefit of students who are trying to learn Flipboom.  I've included a project file that you can follow along with.  If you want to share this file, you're free to do so - if you make a "blink" animation, let's see it!  You can post your work to Toon Boom's YouTube pages.



There is a group that is slowing building with some very simple animations.  You should show off your work as well.  It's really easy to upload...

Here's the starter file and the tutorial:
/blinks.fbp.zip


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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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