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In this course you will learn how to create 2D animation using Synfig Studio animation software package.
Synfig Studio is a free and open-source application available for Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. By this moment it's known as the most powerful free tool for 2D animation. Do you want to create your own animated movie, or just animated postcard, or animation for a game? You can use Synfig Studio anywhere without limitations - at home, at work or at school.
Create your own animation using Synfig Studio
Cutout (sprite) animation technique
In this course I will show you how to create animation constructed from bitmap images. This approach is called "cutout" or "sprite" technique. Cutout technique is known to be the fastest way to create animation and at the same time it's the easiest way to learn it. Despite it's simplicity, the cutout technique remains very expressive and used by many creators to create exciting animation.
Contents and Overview
This course is created for people who would like to learn how to use Synfig Studio in a short time. It equally fits for those who just starting to learn computer animation, as well as for established artists who would like to master cutout technique with the free and opensource software.
The course will guide you from the very basics of application interface to the techniques of creating character animation and some advanced features. The sample files are also included, so you will be able to work alongside with instructor during the course. Also, all the lectures in the course are available for downloading and watching offline.
This course is not for you if you would like to learn the technique of frame-by-frame (traditional) animation.
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|Section 1: Basic concepts|
|Section 2: Simple character animation|
|Section 3: Skeleton animation|
I am freelance animation artist, working with open-source software since 2008. Currently I am heading a small studio in Siberian part of Russia. My team makes commercial, as well as indie animation works and our production is purely based on open-source software.
As a head of the studio I put a special emphasis on contributing back to open-source software world. Within our production process we continuously developing and improving various open-source animation tools. I was happy to present the results of our work at several international conferences, such as Libre Graphics Meeting (2012, Austria), FSCONS (2012, Sweden), Libre Graphics Meeting (2013, Spain) and others. Also, since 2013 I am acting as coordinator of development of Synfig Studio animation software.
In addition to all that, I am also work as a teacher by hosting regular animation classes in our studio.
What else can I say? I love animation, I love open-source and I love to share my experience. This is what I do. ^__^
Educated as, among others, telecommunication engineer, and philosopher of Eastern cultures, my interests are to explore the intersection between technology and arts, or technology and creative cultures in the context of today's field of cultural production shaped by Internet, and dominated by visual media. In my PhD I am studying the migration of the idea of open source software/technology from the technical into the cultural domain through exploring the model of production and motivations for creation of a set of open animation projects - animation films of professional studio quality developed explicitly with open source tools, and released as open content. My work is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Östersjöstiftelsen), and I am part of the Department of Media & Communication Studies at Södertörn University in Sweden.
My professional background is rooted in the free software / open-source movement, but also around issues related to Internet Governance, and keeping the Internet open and free. For almost 10 years I have been working with Internet Society - Bulgaria which gave me the great opportunity to work on projects such as introducing free and open source software to governments on the Balkans, researching the Internet in Bulgaria, and working with local and central governments on a broad spectrum of ICT related issues. On the side of that I have been working with translations as a hobby.
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