Hey! I'm new in this whole animation thing (just recently got a tablet), what software do you recommend for animations? (Been trying tv paint and flash cs6 for a month, pretty used to both but dunno which one to focus more on) Thanks in advance for your response
Hi there! That’s awesome to hear you’re getting into animation and wanting to learn the medium! :)
I do see animators use both Flash and TVPaint for different reasons - I think TVPaint might give you more for what you want to do if you really want to focus on creating hand drawn animation. The software is more built for that, and seeing other animators use it (like @jothezette - check her out, she is really awesome with her work!), it is inspiring me to want to give TVPaint a shot.
You can still work with Flash CS6 (or the current software Animate CC) as a way of creating hand drawn animation too. You would have to change the settings for the brush, as it is more vector than pixel. @studioyotta (Game Grumps/Star Bomb, O.K. KO! Let’s Be Heroes) use Flash/Animate for their animation services, and they do great work for hand drawn animation!
If I had to pick one, I’d say TVPaint. I think the software gives you more options to work with as far as animating hand drawn goes. If it works within your budget, you can go with that. If not, Flash/Animate can still rock out awesome hand drawn animation too!
To end, I would like to say, no matter which software you decide to choose, your knowledge and skill set as an animator will always be top priority in regards to collaborators/studios. If you really learn and understand the 12 Principles of Animation, and know how to animate with Timing and Spacing, that will help you a whole lot, and that is something you can carry to any software/medium when you animate. :) I do hope this helps you, and it will be awesome to see your progress and journey! Animate forward!