Last spring I got a chance to sit down with Boris Dalstein. Boris was building a new kind of animation software. This was big for me, I’ve been researching new animation software for awhile. Boris was the first person who actually knew what he was talking about. The software is called VGC it’s two vector graphics tools VGC Illustration for design and painting, and VGC Animation, for 2D hand drawn animation.
When I’m bored I search different animation keywords on Google Scholar, that’s where I found Boris’s research. He created the proof of concept VPaint that you can download and test right now.
I’ve been trying to write a post about animation software for Indie Animators since I started this blog. I’ve struggled to write something because I’m not totally happy with the available tools. I had the realization that most animators have built workstations so they can work and create art at home. Most of us don’t have animation software at home. Often the software we use at work is prohibitively expensive. The dedicated might use the animation tools inside drawing software like Photoshop or Clip Studio Paint, or learn a whole new software package.
There’s very little animation software for artists. Most animation software is built to be production efficient. To solve the studio problems, and make animation more streamlined. This is different than a tool that is easy to use, that allows you to explore, and create. I know a lot of animators who just want to draw again.
I was happy to find out that I’m not the only one who feels like this. There are much smarter people than me who are working on building the next kind of animation tool. Boris is funding development of VGC through Patreon. It’s a chance for artists to get involved and support the kind of tools we need.
It’s early in development, planned release in 2020. There’s no guarantee that it’ll work. But it’s a good shot. What I like about Boris is that he’s much like an artist. Software is creative and technical just in a different way. Boris chose an independent path. If you can spare a few bucks a month and are interested in animation software it’s worth the contribution.
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