Easily Flip Frames in TVPaint with a Wacom

Realizing how incredible an animation tool TVPaint is, I wanted to share my method of quickly flipping through frames with a late-model Wacom tablet. Like working on paper, this allows you to see a good chunk of the surrounding frames play back quicker than real time, which helps a lot with spacing/arcs/motion/etc/etc/etc– and unlike real paper, you can view tons of drawings with a quick spin of the thumb… Plus, you won’t get papercuts!
So long as your tablet has a Touch Ring, you’ll be able to flip through your whole animation (pretty darn handy). I’m sure the Touch Strips work just as well.

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Can We Be Happy Now

Can We Be Happy Now from Tahnee Gehm on Vimeo.


A man in a grey, drab world is awakened to the beauty and happiness of the real world around him, as the spirits of nature take him on an adventure.

This is my final film at CalArts, animated in TVPaint!

(It’s also on YouTube!)

Painting Process



This is how I’ve tackled my film this year– completely in TVPaint! First, I’ll animate my roughs, using different colors for general cleanup. Then, I’ll make a silhouette on another layer, and using that as a stencil, create another layer with an overall gradient and a final layer with paint and eyes. Eeeek! Less than one week left! At least these are all done for the most part!