I started doodling on this software called “Pencil” . The software uses frames in vector, bitmap and etc. You have an opaque surface to use whether you use plain mouse or wacom tablet. Wacom Tablet is more likable with animation than the mouse itself but too expensive. Anyway, the software has many features. If you use Mac OS, you can download and export your movies to .mov, if not, you have to export to jpeg and configure them on windows media maker or a Linux program like kdenlive or open movie editor.
The way I like to start my animations is thinking of something funny that happened to me during the day. Then I start creating something obscure and unrealistic that could make someone laugh. I later export the frames to use the non-linear video editors that I use from Linux Mint and Ubuntu repositories. Since I am just beginning to animate with this software, i don’t try to be perfect. I think inconsistencies actually make it more humorous to watch.
2d computer animation started in the mid 90’s. It was used to create such cartoons as “The Simpsons”, “Beevis and Butthead”, and “King Of The Hill”. Liquid Television was one of the first innovators of the computer drawn artwork. If you will scan youtube for videos, you will find half a dozen Liquid TV videos. One of them which is my favorite is called Aeon Flux which is so wicked. If you have an eye for comics, you will love to do this, it takes a little patience, but it is well worth while once you see what you have done.
When you make frames, it gets maticulous. You have to draw every action super slow so you don’t make a mistake. If you come up with a way to animate by having an image ready made which is called making “sprites” you can pretty much make your action a little easier with this. I draw every single detail by mouse and it gets frustrating but I am getting better at it.
I export all of my jpegs from pencil which is generated perfectly by number. I line them in kdenlive’s timeline as small as I can get so the images will move fast. Sometimes I like to take the comic approach and just show the comics in a picture slideshow. It is kind of funny, but it gets easier and more creative as you go.
If you are interested in taking it up as a novice, you don’t have to spend out of your pocket for macromedia mx. You can go to download.com or some other site and find all sorts of tools to keep you going. Have a great day and happy cartooning.