Indie Mobile Games Creator Ventures into Animated Shorts in Toon Boom

"Coming from a Flash background, I can honestly say the transition to Toon Boom software wasn’t too difficult." — Tammy Coron, Self-taught Artist

Indie Mobile Games Creator Ventures into Animated Shorts in Toon Boom

Tammy Coron has an off-the-beaten-path background, which makes her story even more captivating. As a high school drop out, she is a self-taught artist, writer, musician, and programmer. Her creative drive is clearly above average and was evident early in her life. She coded her first program when she was five years old! This marked the beginning of a stimulating career. Recently, Tammy decided to adopt Toon Boom Storyboard Pro to create cut scenes for games, as well as Harmony for her animations.

Tammy feels blessed to be doing what she loves to do and finds herself juggling multiple projects on a daily basis. From writing articles (http://www.imore.com/wacom-cintiq-24hd-touch-review) to tutorials(www.raywenderlich.com/56858/how-to-create-an-interactive-childrens-book-for-the-ipad)and children’s novels, she continues to develop games and business-type apps preferably for iOS, such as Scrivener (http://www.imore.com/scrivener-writing-app-ipad-gets-back-track), as well as create animations à la Tim Burtonstyle.

“I could compare myself to Homer Simpson as I never know what I will do next,” explained Tammy. As a rule, she decided to get the best tools from the beginning in order to have the best set up in place. Tammy purchased a Wacom Cintiq and Toon Boom’s professional products. “Ultimately, if you’re dedicated to what you do, you might as well get the top of the line right away and avoid spending money on cheaper solutions that don’t deliver the same result,” she added.

Draft Storyboard

Tammy is more of a digital traditional animator. She is in the process of transitioning from Flash to Harmony and discovering its wide array of capabilities. At first, Tammy found the user interface intimidating but was very quick to admit the feeling was the same when she first opened Flash or Photoshop. “Coming from a Flash background, I can honestly say the transition to Toon Boom software wasn’t too difficult. While there was a little hiccup with learning the differences between symbols and drawing substitutions, overall, I’m pleased with what Toon Boom has been able to do for me. I really love having the ability to draw naturally in a vector-based environment. A full range of brush and pencil properties makes drawing in Toon Boom a lot of fun,” wrote Tammy in her recent review of Harmony on creativebloq.com.

“Being able to choose between traditional animation and cut-out animation is spectacular. Being more of a hobbyist, it’s not uncommon for me to just play around with stuff. Being able to jump back and fourth between the two styles makes Toon Boom Harmony a clear winner in my book. The auto lip-syncing feature is incredible. Using the Toon Boom mouth chart, you can easily get your characters in sync with what they’re  saying. With just a few clicks of the mouse, you’re done. Of course, for a more finely tuned animation, you can still opt to sync your soundtrack and images manually,” she added.

Cintiq Harmony

Reviewing Harmony served as an excellent launchpad to dive into Crow’s Quest, her latest iOS game project. Developed in two modes, Flappy and Freaky, the game aims at flying a crow around and getting points by collecting items. Crow’s Quest was released in March 2014 and fully animated using Harmony. At this stage, she is working on a second iteration with a new worm character, developing two 30-second cut scenes that she’ll animate using Harmony and plans to finish by the end of summer 2014. In addition, Tammy is working on an animated short based on a children’s novel she is writing. “The short will serve as a trailer for the book and should be completed in early 2015,” commented Tammy.

Her two sons, Jake, 10 and Travis, 14, along with her husband are a great source of inspiration, creativity, and humour. Tammy’s dynamism is reflected in her prolific flow of quality projects that she undertakes with enthusiasm and wit. Quite an inspiring story, wouldn’t you say?

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About Tammy Coron

Tammy Coron has an off-the-beaten-path background, which makes her story even more captivating. As a high school drop out, she is a self-taught artist, writer, musician, and programmer. Her creative drive is clearly above average and was evident early in her life. She coded her first program when she was five years old! This marked the beginning of a stimulating career. Recently, Tammy decided to adopt Toon Boom Storyboard Pro to create cut scenes for games, as well as Harmony for her animations.