Animating on Paper: The Sneeze 1992
I made my last animation with tracing paper and a pen back in 1992.
At the time, I was mainly drawing with a Summagraphics Sketch Pad attached to a desktop Amiga Computer with a ton of peripherals. Even though they all filled a room, it still only output low resolution video.
After a day of traveling 23 years ago, I sat down with a black marker and my tracing pad and drew this animation. When I got home, I scanned the drawings, colored them and compiled them with triggered sound events in Disney Animation Studio.
Paper drawn animation of this type has an interesting jitter referred to as “Line-Boil.” Like the early animators, I believed line-boil was a terrible imperfection. Sometimes, however, it makes the animation interesting.
Around the mid 1990’s and later, television grew to like line-boil and added the deliberate exaggerated effect to many titles and animations.
Anyway, I found the original 1992 drawing files for "The Sneeze" and, with some effort, was able to reassemble them into this cartoon for posting.
I now use Toon Boom Harmony and a Cintiq, which is light years away from Deluxe Paint and Disney Animation Studio on the Amiga platform and even further away from painting acetate sheets and filming them with a Super 8mm camera frame by frame.