Hi everyone, I was wondering if it was possible for hand sketches to be filled in? I sort of want to create a cartoon that’s mostly handrawn 2d stuff and limited 3d modeling stuff. Will the skeleton work? The thing is, I see that in many tutorials many body parts are isolated and stuff. I would like that too since I’ll keep certain parts, however, I don’t really plan on moving them as the tutorial has them. I will keep certain static parts so I can hand sketch the moving parts.
Can Synfig interpolate the movement between each hand drawn frame/part ? I will keep it like 4-5 frames per seconds, but can I count on Synfig to generate the rest in between? I will try to keep the movement small too, but I’d like it flow a lot.
The quick answer is yes, if you use Synfig to draw and edit the lines. If you’re talking about scanning in hand-drawn pictures from paper, then no, Synfig can’t interpolate bitmap drawings (jpgs, bmps,pngs, etc)
I can see how some of those shots could be done very easily in Synfig, other shots would be much harder (e.g. the head turn which would require many unique drawings)
Do you think it’s possible one day a computer will be able to interpolate hand drawn art? I’ll of course edit it inside photoshop to make the lines and colors much much more differentiable ? Any programs?
This is all a huge help, but I have a question. When the head turns around, at first their are no eyes and at the end we see the eyes. How do those lines appear? I know how an animation like the walk cycle tutorial would work, but how do you make lines such as the ones for the eyes appear? I don’t understand how a shape can be there at one point but not at another. Thanks for the help!
The basic idea is that the shapes are there all the time, you just need to change its z-depth at the correct time with the correct shape to tween correctly. Notice that this is a rare case of a smooth head turn with full details. Now that I see (since long time ago I traced the keyframes) I think that it is too slow. It looks not real to me. To emulate a head turn you can use other techniques that would involve less number of keyframes but a good preparation, like the example.
See this quick head turn: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1088
Before do the quick flip, prepare the keyframes carefully
On quick turns, eyes are closed (unnoticeable sometimes but it is there)
Use counteractions or secondary motions (tongue, hair, ears, it depends on the character)
Okay, so when something new is shown in a Synfig animation, it is actually not new. Meaning, all the objects are present throughout an entire scene, they just aren’t shown for the entire scene. Is this correct?
Right, they can be hidden by other objects or have its amount value (transparency of the object) set to zero. Also they can be out of the scene frame.
There is one option for BLines where you can hide and show blinepoints on the timeline. It is a bit tricky but works reasonabely well for intermediate points. Right click on one blinepoint and select “Set active point ON” or “Set active point OFF”.
I really like the look of the final colored frames from Pokemon that are in the link on the original post of this thread. How can we use synfig to get this kind of look. It looks not so crisp as vector art. It looks like it has some graininess or texture. How can we make our synfig renders look like this? Thanks!
You can emulate some sort of grainy texture using a noise layer and blending it correctly over the final work. Take a look to the 0.62.02 splash screen sifz file and see how it is achieved: synfig.git.sourceforge.net/git/g … f9972faef2
Setting its amount to 0 will increase it. The other options actually renders the layer although it is not visible. Placing it outside of the canvas dimension can be fast too, but you can’t be sure that it has some layer which could affect other visible parts so the safest way is set its amount to zero.
I know that it is a bummer to animate the amount value and also to set its waypoint type to constant. You can have a workaround that is convert the Amount parameter to a Switch type. Then set the Link On to 0.0 and the Link Off to 1.0 and just animate the switch parameter normally. It would show/hide the layer easily.
Won’t the noise layer jitter when rendered? So the draft pencil is designed for quick sketching. Does it work for frame by frame timed sketching. That makes sense. I do wish it was saved internally. Is the draft pencil raster or vector? That would be nice if my understanding of the tool is correct since I wouldn’t have to use another app for roughing.
Synfig saves me so much time in other ways that this is only a small problem. However it is good to know that setting the Amount to 0 is best in terms of rendering performance. Perhaps this would be a good to add to the FAQ.
Setting the Amount to a Switch is a good tip as well - I’ll do that in future.