Frame by Frame: Learning New Tools

Recently I’ve switched from creating digital art on a Wacom tablet on my computer to using an iPad. Though learning the slightly different medium was a bit challenging at first, I found that there were many more tools and shortcuts that made digital art a lot easier than the computer tablet. This week I added the next background to be used in Scene 3 of my animation, as I storyboarded out last semester. Using the lasso tool on Adobe Fresco has made the coloring process much quicker and more convenient. I’ve practiced combining this tool with soft brushes to create gradients, helping shade large areas much faster. Fresco also seems to have more brushes than photoshop, which I have been experimenting with throughout this process. I enjoy sketchier looks, which many textured brushes help achieve.

Here is the next background:


Thi Mai is a junior majoring in biology, health & society. They love making digital art and comics, and want to start expanding into animation. This semester, they are working towards completing an animated short film. Check out "Frame by Frame" every Sunday night for progress updates and reflection on the process! You can find more of their work on their Tumblr blog:

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