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Hi Brujet. Thanks for the kind words. The only software that I’ve used in the pencil tests here is Digicel Flipbook, but that is only used to shoot the drawings, I don’t use it to do the animation. All the animation is done with pencil and paper, in exactly the same way that hand drawn animation has been done since the 1930s. The only difference is that, instead of using a film camera and capturing the drawings on film as was the norm until about twenty years ago, I’ve used a digital camera and captured the drawings into a computer program. There’s no Photoshop or other digital animation going on, although I have done other projects using software to manipulate drawings, I haven’t posted any of that yet. Any feeling of smoothness that you might see is just me being careful in where I place the elements of each drawing. There’s a lot of traditional animation technique that’s designed to disguise the fact that it’s a bunch of separate drawings.
If you’re interested in traditional hand drawn techniques, there are a couple of books that I usually recommend to people: “The Illusion of Life” by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, and “The Animator’s Survival Kit” by Richard Williams. :)