Anime Studio 10 Celebration Sweepstakes Winners Announced!

Congratulations to Tiffany Urena, Evan Kester and Michael Wright! They have been chosen as the winners in our Anime Studio 10 Celebration Sweepstakes!

We’re thrilled to announce that Tiffany Urena is the first place winner and will receive the Wacom Cintiq Companion valued at $2,499. Evan Kester is the second place winner and will receive the Wacom Intuos Pro Medium valued at $349, and Michael Wright is the third place winner and will receive the Wacom Intuos Medium valued at $199.

Thank you to everyone who entered the sweepstakes and for helping us to celebrate the arrival of Anime Studio 10!

AS 10 Sweepstakes Prizes

What’s Your Process for Creating Short Animations?

Whether you’re a first time Anime Studio Debut user or a seasoned animation pro, we thought you would enjoy this infographic about the steps to making a short animation.

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Infographic Credit: Jeca Martinez

 

As many would agree, creating animations of any length can take a great deal of time and energy. First, you’ve got to get inspired to come up with a story or character. Then, you’ve got to sketch, storyboard and actually design the thing – we know it can be a time consuming and sometimes tedious process to get your perfect final edit. As well, keeping momentum and optimism up as an animator/illustrator in this competitive industry can be difficult, but it’s the love of animation and endless creative possibilities that keep us going!

So, what are the steps you take to making an animation? We’d love to hear in the comments! We’ll share our favorites on Twitter or Facebook. To inspire and motivate you, we’re including the graphic below! “Do or do not”….you know the saying….

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Infographic Credit: Anna Vital

And hey, Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time, made $1,097,338,890 at the box office, so get to work. Your next idea could be a hit!

Reality 3 for Poser: How-to? Learn from the master!

If you haven’t seen some of the remarkable images rendered using “Reality 3 for Poser” to LuxRender, then you must live in a cave; not that there’s anything wrong with living in a cave. If you’re finally venturing into the light and are curious how you too can create uber photorealist images from your Poser scenes, check out these two free tutorial videos from PretA3D, the developer of Reality 3 for Poser.

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The formula for this level of ultra-realism is pretty simple. Use any recent version of Poser (Poser 9, Poser 10, Poser Pro 2012 or Poser Pro 2014), get a copy of Reality 3 for Poser for only $27.95, then watch these two videos. In a few hours max, you’ll be a master photorealist too!

 

What will you create? 3D Printing

3D printing has potential, plenty of promises and no shortage of hype. From our point of view, there’s a Poser angle for sure down the road. Think about creating a set of custom chess pieces from Poser figures, or printing an armor clad superhero in chocolate, or even prototyping your own ball jointed doll design. A quick search online turns up remarkable stories like how a 3D printer has reconstructed a face or been used to ‘print’ human organs. If you really want to make a hit on the home front, here’s a clever idea. How about using Poser’s Faceroom to create a 3D model of your significant other in chocolate and giving it to them next Valentines Day?

The tools are getting better. The printers are coming down in price. Today, there are even service bureaus to help transform just about any piece of 3D geometry into a water-tight 3D printable object. Check out a few of these links below to get your creative juices flowing.

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Photo Credit: Floris Van Breugel

Share your thoughts on the future of 3D printing with us on Facebook or tweet us at @SMSI Graphics.

Artist Q&A Feature: Byron Wilkins

This month, Byron Wilkins, owner of TR-1 Studios, creator of web comic 1977 The Comic and Manga Studio artist, shares his experiences in the comic industry. In his video interview, Byron provides insight into current industry trends, influential artists and career successes and challenges.

Follow Byron on Twitter @TR1Byron. Connect with us on Twitter @MangaStudio or Facebook.

Smith Micro March Madness Sales (Digital Artists Edition)

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Spring has sprung which means dusting off those goal lists and finding new creative inspiration. In case you need some motivation to get those new projects started here’s an overview of our top March promos that will make achieving your creative goals totally affordable… Hurry, all offers expire in March!

…We can’t wait to see what you create!

SMSI March Sales

Sock Puppets Come Alive with Darice Partnership

Darice is our new Sock Puppets partner! Darice distributes wholesale craft supplies, including Sock Friends Puppets creation kits. This means that your favorite Sock Puppets characters can take center stage on your app or your hand.

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Photo Credit: Smith Micro

Check out the Sock Puppets personalities on our free app and the Sock Puppets complete version or buy the Sock Friends Puppets creation kits. Better yet, help your kids create sock puppets adventures on the go with an app and then put on a full-fledged show at home for friends and family.

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Photo Credit: Smith Mirco

 Let us know what you think by leaving a comment, sharing on Facebook or Tweet us at @SMSIGraphics.

5 Tips to Get Your Kids Animating

1. Use what you have
If you already have animation software, great use it! If this is a new undertaking for you, try Anime Studio Debut or Sock Puppets.

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Photo Credit: Smith Micro

2. Explore the content libraries of animation software
Content libraries have great templates that allow kids to easily and quickly put together a scene with characters. This is especially important in keeping kids motivated – they can experience the joy of creating with minimal effort and time.

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Photo Credit: Smith Micro

3. Work side by side
Staying close to your kids while they work is great for answering questions and giving tips. Plus, seeing your work will give your youngsters an idea of what they can accomplish if they stick with it.

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Photo Credit: Indiegogo.com

4. Observation can inspire
Getting outside and observing natural movement, color, patterns and texture can help refine kids’ sense of movement and background environments.

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Photo Credit: Wallpick.com

5. Watch your favorite animated shows
Finally, watching your favorite animated shows can help kids learn how to incorporate transitions, texture and technique into their own work.

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Photo Credit: Elecktrokami.com

Note: A tablet might be a worthwhile investment; animating with pens and brushes can help your child create in a more natural and less frustrating manner than having to use a mouse.

Photo Credit: Wacom

Photo Credit: Wacom

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

This International Business Times article gives some interesting and maybe little-known facts about St. Patrick’s Day. Did you know the odds of finding a four-leaf clover is 1 in 10,000?

You don’t have to have the luck of the Irish or a lucky clover to enjoy our St. Patrick’s Day video made in Anime Studio.

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