I hate Flash's drawing tools, but I think the lines on this animation are good. Did you use the brush for them?
Yeah, puppet rig animation, it's essentially like moving digital paper body part cutouts really. Just, in a way that makes it look cohesive. I've tried it, I found it requires a different mindset and approach to traditional methods. I prefer frame-by-frame, but only because it's relatively simpler, despite the workload. But yeah, the setting up the assets part was frustrating.
Anyway, I look forward to whatever you do next with flash.
Thanks -- an' naw, I used the pencil for the lines. While I appreciate that using the brush for the lines would give it a little bit more of an organic feel, the benefits of strokes are just too good for me to pass up. The parts of the lines that bother me are the ends, though, which of course I'd just have to paint over if I wanted them to be nice and tapered.
An' honestly? Probably just gonna be dancing ponies for like a week, hahah. My head's completely devoid of any ideas with actual content right now. Hahah, hopefully that'll change. But if not, the ponies will dance.
Uh, I'unno how much experience you have with vector programs, so this might sound super condescending -- I don't mean it to be! But the pencil uses strokes, which are like geometric lines -- no real thickness to it, but you can set the diameter of how thick you want it to be displayed visually. Because of that, you can't really just erase it to a taper -- you can only erase segments of the line. Fills, like the brush, can be used to color over the displayed thickness of the line, though, so you can paint it to a point. Actually, that sounds more confusing than anything. Sorry, I'm horrible at explaining stuff, hahah.
Strokes in flash can be manipulated really easily, so, like, you can lay a pencil line down and -- if it's not perfect -- just use the selection tool to kinda bend it into place. I like that a lot, saves me a lot of ctrl+z's, hahah. The thing about 'em is that they're always precisely the same diameter, all the way through the line. So, I mean, line quality's kinda boring to me. But I guess as long as you keep the image moving, it's okay. XD
Don't worry, you don't sound condescending at all! I have used vector programs, but I had forgotten about the drawing and painting tools in Flash because I haven't used them in a long time. Last time I used Flash was for tweening and puppet animation practice. I had also forgotten you could manipulate pencil strokes too, so that is pretty useful. And if I remember correctly, I didn't like using the pencil because of that constant boring line width, which is why I tried the brush, but didn't like that because its' lines were always too jittery. Which is why I started using the bitmap animation program TVPaint instead.
Woot woot, TVPaint! Buahahah. Discovered it last year. My school introduced me to it. It's just, ahmg, can't describe it. Such great drawing tools -- just wish the camera controls were a bit easier to manage. I've decided to save translations an' stuff like that fer Aftereffects if I ever do anything more in TVPaint. I'd be doing these little animations in TVPaint too, if it wasn't fer my interest in TV animation an' interactivity. I wanna learn to be good with Flash. XD