Having never used or even heard of sketch based animation you can’t help but feel like a “someone changes something in the matrix” moment, when not one but two stories cross your desk in the same week.
The first was release of VPaint Beta 1.5. It is in their own words:
VPaint is an experimental vector graphics editor based on the Vector Animation Complex (VAC), a technology developed by a collaboration of researchers at Inria and the University of British Columbia, featured at SIGGRAPH 2015. It allows you to create resolution-independent illustrations and animations using innovative techniques.
Or you can watch the SIGGRAPH video:
I checked out the free download, and it is interesting, but I decided not to do a story about it. Then…
Just today, Autodesk announced they are looking for beta testers for Project Draco, which is an iPad app that sounds a hell of a lot like VPaint. Here is their (year old) SIGGRAPH video:
Well now Autodesk is officially ready for testing, so if this looks interesting to you head on over to Autodesk labs to sign up.
Are there any other sketch based 2D animation packages in the works? Anyone excited for this technology to mature?