13 mayo 2016

CRAFT, a new website for animation lovers

Earlier this week I read a post on Cartoon Brew website about an exciting new project called Craft. Here is the article: 

Printed art-of books can be beautiful objects to own, but they are an inefficient format for collecting the massive amounts of artwork generated for most animation projects. A new Danish company, Craft, aims to solve that problem by making all the artwork from animated projects available on the subscription site ItsOnCraft.com, an “ever-evolving interactive art-of book” as the company puts it.

Craft, which launched on May 1, gives users unprecedented access to art and conceptual materials from animated features, series, and games. Among the items included (or to be included) is concept art, storyboards, scripts, character designs, animatics, animation pencil tests, background paintings, and more. The initial content on the platform includes material from Cartoon Saloon’s Song of the Sea and The Secret of Kells, as well as the TV series Ernest & Celestine: The Collection and the online series The Reward: Tales of Alethrion.

The digital archive seems best suited to professional artists and animation students who can use it to study and compare different versions of scenes, look at source files to deconstruct scenes, and find reference for their own projects.

“We know how long it takes to get an idea from script to screen—think of all of the amazing and inspiring work that goes into the making of a film that never makes it into the final product,” says Craft CEO and co-founder Frederik Villumsen. “It’s all part of the process, but why should that material sit on a shelf or languish on a hard drive somewhere?” (Villumsen is also the CEO of the Danish animation studio Nørlum, which co-produced Song of the Sea and Long Way North.)

Craft also aims to build a community around creating animation, and encourages users to ask questions and engage directly with the creators. The companies that use the service can add notes to the artwork and answer users’ questions about the material they’ve made available. An accompanying Craft Store will allow people to purchase merchandise, prints, and other items, like 3D printed character figures.

While the offerings available on Craft are relatively thin at the moment, the idea has real potential to evolve into something great. What’s nice about Craft is that provides a benefit to everyone in our community: students and pros can use it as an education and professional development tool, fans have a new way to support and enjoy access to projects they like, and content creators gain a new revenue stream since 50% of Craft’s revenue is redistributed among filmmakers who provide content for the service.

“Early-bird” subscribers can join Craft for $6 per month, while group discounts are available to schools and organizations.

I subscribed some minutes ago and I didn't have time to go around so much, but it's really promising. Here are some screenshoots.

 Character design from 'The Reward'.

 Storyboard from 'The Reward'.

 Backgrounds from 'Ernest and Celestine.

Concept Art from 'Spirit Seeker'.

The 'early bird' phase is still open, for only 6$ per month, an almost ridiculous price for what you will find inside the website. The basic subscription is going to be 9,99$ per month.


03 abril 2016


Since last week you can download the Open Source version of Toonz, called OpenToonz. It's advertised  as the software used to create Studio Ghibli films like Spirited Away and TV shows like Steven Universe and Futurama. On the website of Digital Video, creators of the software, we find the following information:

Digital Video, the makers of TOONZ, and DWANGO, a Japanese publisher, announced today they have signed an agreement for  the acquisition by Dwango of Toonz, an animation software which was independently developed by Digital Video (Rome, Italy).   

Digital Video and Dwango agreed to close the deal under the condition Dwango will publish and develop an Open Source platform based on Toonz (OpenToonz).  Effective Saturday March 26, the TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version will be made available to the animation community as a free download.

OpenToonz will include features developed by Studio Ghibli (*Toonz Ghibli Edition) which has been a long time Toonz user. Through OpenToonz, Dwango will create a platform that will aim to have  research labs and the animated film industry actively cooperating with each other.

With this agreement in place, Digital Video will move to the open source business model, offering to the industry commissioning, installation & configuration, training, support and customization services while allowing the animators’ community to use a state of the art technology at no cost.

Digital Video will also continue to develop and market a Toonz Premium version at a very competitive price for those companies willing to invest in the customization of Toonz for their projects.
I can not say too much about my experience. I've just installed the program and I customized the interface windows and some shortcuts.

The software is not 100% stable for now, but users have already begun to share knowledge and tutorials through the social media.

OpenToonz website (download)

OpenToonz Facebook Group

OpenToonz users forum (english)

02 abril 2016

Animated website header

I'm working on my new website. I made this animated website header but I'm not going to use it. Export to Swf does not give problems but as Flash has already passed awy I have rendered to Html5. The result has not been satisfactory.

Traditional animation made in Toon Boom Harmony. 

04 septiembre 2014

Illustration timelapse

In this video you can see the steps I follow to create an illustration. From the sketch to the final color. 5 hours of work condensed in 15 minutes.

12 julio 2014

Animation Paper needs you!

Let’s revive hand drawn animation! Let’s get the fun and ease back into 2D! 

Animation Paper is a specialized software application in development. Designed for the experienced and professional animator. Fast and powerful - yet simple, intuitive and effortless to work with. Work rough, quickly test ideas, then clean it up. Animation Paper will be a ton of fun! Enabling new and life long students of animation to train, learn and master the art of animation.

A crowfunding campaign has just began on Indiegogo

The person back Animation Paper is Niels Krogh Mortensen, an experimented danish character animator, graphic artist, creative software developer, game designer, animation producer and director. Two decades ago together with his friend and programmer Jakob Frandsen created the predecessor of Animation Paper, called Plastic Animation Paper. He now want to take the proven values of PAP, and with the help of you and the rest of the community, recreate it as a modern and awesome app for Mac and Windows.

You can see a preview of its functionalities HERE.

21 junio 2014

Dog and Butterfly

Via Cartoon Brew-ED

Disney Supervising Animator Wayne Unten has completed his amazing digital watercolor test:

Short and beautiful animation. Inspired by a visit to the Tyrus Wong exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum in August 2013. All the artwork was created using TVPaint 10.5 and Microsoft Surface Pro 2.

Behind the scenes work-in-progress can be found here.

01 junio 2014

Illustrated children's book

A long time has passed since I published the last post, but I raise from the ashes again,  like the Phoenix. In all this time some interesting things had come, a Storyboard Masterclass (with Sherm Cohen ) and new ideas and projects that have appeared.

One of this projects, which I am dedicating most of my free time, is my first illustrated children's book. Is a pedagogical book aimed at children between 4 and 10 years. I explain in a simply and clearly way a disease that affects a part of the population and it is difficult to understand sometimes, adults too. In my family we also have a person affected with this disease.

At the moment I can not give more details, but the book will be published early next year in Norway and a little later in digital version for the rest of the world.

I am very excited about this project, and sacrificing my social life for it ... but you know, it's what you have if you are and illustrator or animator.  :) And after the book...well, we talked about creating an App with the same story, with animations and games, but that is another project and I'll talk about it in a few months.

The way I work is as follows. I sketch in the traditional way, paper and pencil, scanner, I clean the line with Illustrator and then coloring in Photoshop.


06 octubre 2012

Coming soon

A personal project that I started some weeks ago, more news very soon !!

© 2012 Kenneth Figuerola Bosch. All rights reserved

10 junio 2012

John Kricfalusi did it again !

A new John K's cartoon has appeared this week. In this case is for advertise some t-shirt designs he drew for an online shop called Stussy. The animation is brilliant as always. John animated the cartoon using ToonBoom's Animate program and worked virtually with some collaborators around the globe.

Here's the cartoon

Images taken from John K's blog

20 abril 2012

Scientific Illustration

The past few weeks I have worked for two employees of the University of Bergen, I have done some scientific illustrations. For Molecular biology and  Marine biology students.

Molecular biology.


Marine biology

Bill Plympton's Couch Gag

THE SIMPSONS - Bill Plympton's Couch Gag from "Beware My Cheating Bart"