December 1st, 2022On this day in different years


dancer image is not playing with himself!

Before I forget... I have an application on my phone called ImgPlay. Technically it's called “gif Maker-ImagePlay”. The App Store has it listed as such and it’s the app I used to import the animation file/movie I created with another app called Motion Book. The number of animation apps I’ve tried briefly are all free to download. I haven’t decided which of them I should pay the premium fee. Most free accounts want you to create a premium account for $1 or $2 to utilize more panels in your short animation project and there’s only so much one can do with the three “free” panels allowed in the free version of the app. Motion Book came thru by allowing me to import six images. FlipPad looks enticing and easy to use; well worth an investment but I want to dabble a bit more in animating my doodles to get an idea of what I’m going to choose for a premium animation application. I don’t want to happen what I did back in the 90’s when I invested in software like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop but didn’t really devote time to learn these programs until years later when computers were being upgraded and the operating systems were requiring an additional payment to upgrade the software so it would be functional with the new operating system.

ImgBase is the developer of ImgPlay. For some odd reason, I have no clue why the movie file produced with MotionBook wasn’t playing nice with my blog. I think it was simply a file format issue whereas posting gif files in my blog is way easier than embedding .mov files. Fortunately ImgPlay imported the video file nicely and converted it to gif format. Yay! Motion book was developed by Robin & Vivian studio dot com and this was the app that came thru for me when I was trying to import the different panels I drew with my full version of Sketches app.

I like the simplicity of Sketches and and the additional tools available when using the full version is worth what I paid to go premium with that app. Although I'm not completely satisfied with the way my gif turned out, it is hard to say when more time can be focused on cleaning it up. I guess I had a vision of Linus from the peanuts gang doing the jerk (the way Pig-pen dances in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Oh well, with that said, the storyboard doodle dancer cartoon in my main blog page is jerking off and sploojing everywhere.

Maybe some background music could abolish that notion but I'm of the impression that my readers already have melodies of their favorite songs playing on repeat in their head. Plus, sound effects is going to require a different file format as gif files don’t do sound.

I'm sure there's easier ways to create my original gif images, but I've already logged enough hours into the sketches app to know what I'm doing, and which tools, brushes create the effect I need. After all the tracing of the original image, I used the x-acto knife tool to cut the hand and rotated it upwards. Flipping the image, coloring the clothing pattern and skin tone, etc. all was very relaxing with the apple pencil. Exporting was a bear.

I don't know how I managed to maintain the same size of the image as the original image was two megapixels, 1242 x 2208 and 179 KB. Once I got that image into the Sketches app to trace, the exported versions of it, in PNG format, were 3 megapixels, 1668 x 2224 and 1.6 megabytes.

I would like a smoother transition in hand gestures, but I fear that this may involve body flexing too. At least the movement of dancer’s body as he flexes his hand might dispel the motion of masterbation. Lol. Also , when dancer shifts his stance to look the other way, feet movement may also be an element to reflect dancing and not sploojing all over the place.