Ryan Simmons, flash animator and illustrator of Cartoon Solutions, thoughts, images, sketches and animations.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Friday, December 23, 2005
New Tutorial: Using speed lines for arm movements!
The latest tutorial is how you can easily have your characters arm or other limbs move from one key pose to the other by using speed lines. This is a great tool and can save you a lot of time and drawing. For those of you who don't have great drawing skills, we have supplied a FREE downloadable flash file with various speed lines already drawn for you! Check out the tutorial!
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
More Animated EFX!
I am very happy to announce that we have just put up a lot of animated efx! We are selling them individually for $5.00 each! Need a smoke cycle for your cartoon but don't know how to animate one yourself. Just swing by the store and grab one! Once you download it you can easily drop it into your scene. You can scale it, skew it, change the transparency, brightness or tint since it is all contained in on graphic symbol!
We are planning on continuing to add more efx as we go. Currently planned is large and medium water splashes, as well as fire balls and slow moving smoke, just to name a few. And yes, if we can figure out how to do it right: explosions!
Animated Efx in the store now!
We've had requests for sports related character packs and backgrounds so we are starting off with football. We have finished a Football field and our first football player is Robinson who is dressed in red and white. Tomorrow we should finish up with his opponent: Johnson who will be in blue and white. Obviously there is no way that we can do every possible color scheme, but that is the beauty of flash. If you purchase a character, you can easily swap out the colors for whatever you want. If you use MX 2004 or Flash 8, then you can use the "find and replace" colors feature which speeds things up even more!
Thursday, December 15, 2005
New Male Teenager Pack
"Wyatt" named after the artist who created him, is our first teenager character pack. He comes with a skateboard and you can see a playful/slightly rebellious personality in him. He's now available in the store!
Friday, December 09, 2005
Nerdy but new!
The newest character packs are Nigel the Nerd, Larry the contractor and Ted the businessman. Nigel comes with school books as his prop (what else would he have?), Ted comes with a cel phone for staying on top of cutting edge deals, and Larry comes with a Hammer. Check them all out in the store.
Friday, December 02, 2005
December Animation Competition
December's Animation Competition has just begun! Test your animation skills using our high quality voice sample to animate to! This months voice sample features a Hyper Holiday Elf! To help with the competition, we have discounted our "Ernie the Elf" character pack by 44%! For the month of December only you can get him for only $10! This month's prize is a $20 gift card to Amazon.com! All of the details can be found on the Competition page.
Congratulations goes to John Oakley who was November's winner. Make sure you check out John 's winning entry from last month here!