Why do you prefer to work on traditional animation paper? What are some of the pros and cons to drawing on different things? What mediums do you prefer?
I don’t like working digitally as much because the options are more limiting, but mainly I don’t like it because it’s more difficult to render something dimensionally. I feel like drawings done on the cpu are often flat, so while it’s great for coloring and making things look more polished in less time, it loses the main component of functionality for animation. I also think you have far more control over subtle lines and curves on paper than digital.
I’m one of the last dudes working on paper at DTVA (my friend Chris Tsirgiotis does his Wander over Yonder backgrounds on paper), I have to order my own.
It’s difficult to explain, I can use a cintiq and enjoy designing on it, I just don’t like losing my individuality rendering something with the same tools everyone else has. I just want to be myself and for the shows I design on to utilize what I do the best they can.
The way I feel these days is just a kneejerk reaction to seeing too many thin wispy lines with flat details in pastel anime colors. There’s nothing wrong with drawing that way but I think everyone’s work is starting to blend into the same gobelin/miyazaki/underground comic look, and variety is the spice of life. So I’m searching different areas personally trying to get at what could possibly come next in art.