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MyPaint Gets Animation for New Open Movie


2D Painting application MyPaint just got a major new feature in the form of the ability to create animations. It's currently available as a stand alone modification to MyPaint, developed by Manuel Quiñones. He developed it for an open movie project focussed on creating a short animated film about a boy who discovers the history of the forest villages and logging in his native Argentina, through a journey along a railway track.

The project is also utilising Blender for 3D aspects of the film, along with backgrounds hand painted in acrylic. For more about the project, check out this excellent article on libre graphics world. If you're interested in trying out MyPaint's new animation abilities, then you can check out the source code from Gitorious. It's unlikely to become a trunk addition to the deliberately minimalist MyPaint, but will probably branch off as it's own project or as a plugin if MyPaint adds support for plugins.

Libre Graphics World: MyPaint Gets Animation for New Open Movie Project

Open Movie Project:  "Viaje a la tierra del Quebracho".




  1. That's fantastic and rly unexpected!
    I've looked at Pencil and Synfig myself before, but was looking for something for just putting together flickbook-type timing tests, like animation sketching, and Pencil didnt work well for me at the time. This MyPaint addon/branch or whatever it is looks remarkably accomplished and well featured for something that has appeared from nowhere.
    Very cool.

  2. @KeeCoyote

    Windows builds generally have releases as prerequisites, especially for projects with a user base that small :)

    Right now the fork doesn't even change binary's name, so you need to define a custom installation prefix.

  3. @Jeremy

    You don't get it into MyPaint. It's a fork of MyPaint with a single new feature: animation. If you are on Linux, clone the repo from Gitorious and build it. Don't forget to pass scons an argument to install to a different prefix like /opt to avoid clashes against regular mypaint.

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