Nikolai Mamashev starts to work on Morevna Episode 4

Today our crowdfunding campaign received a generous donation of $300 from Yalyn Vinkindo. That made campaign to pass the $1000 threshold, which means we have enough funds to pay Nikolai Mamashev for the first month of work! That’s right – Nikolai starts working on Morevna Episode 4! I would like to express my deep gratitude […]

New artwork: Eleanora

This is a sister of Ivan, she’s a priestess, her name is Eleanora. In short – Elya (*°▽°*) Artwork by Anastasia Majzhegisheva (Morevna Project). License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0. Download source file

OpenToonz (Morevna Edition) version 1.2.0.2

We’ve just released a small but important update for OpenToonz Morevna Edition. This version delivers fixes for two critical issues: Fix incorrect behavior of graphic tablets. The incorrect behavior was reported by many Windows an Linux users and this turned to be related with latest changes to the tablet code. Since this part of code  […]

Just arrived: a copy of doctoral thesis by Julia Velkova

Just got a copy of doctoral thesis by Julia Velkova, which was was successfully defended on December 8th, 2017 at Södertörn University. This is a first ever PhD thesis about open-source animation software and people around it. It is about Blender, about Synfig, about Krita and, of course, about Morevna Project. Many parts of the […]

Automatic tweening in OpenToonz (guided drawing)

This tutorial shows a technique of creating automatic tweening in OpenToonz. To successfully use the auto-tweening of vector drawings, the strokes have to be in the same order and direction. The guided drawing feature is here to help you. When this option is enabled the onion skin highlights what stroke is next in order and […]

Production Report #17

Hey, it is an end of the month and new year is right around the corner. So it is the good time for just another production report! Much time in this month was consumed by preparations to our crowdfunding campaign. I am so happy it is finally launched! And much thanks to everyone who already […]

Synfig Studio 1.3.5

The new development release of Synfig Studio is available for download! This version delivers some new features for rendering engine, as well as set of critical fixes. The main highlight of this update is an improved compact UI layout and possibility to use several rendering modes for faster workarea updates (Draft Mode and LowRes Mode). […]

Automatic tweening in OpenToonz (stroke-by-stroke)

This quick tutorial shows how to create automatic animation in OpenToonz using stroke-by-stroke method. In short: make sure that you have a sequence of vector frames (or, create an empty one). Then switch to Brush Tool. On Tool Options Panel you will see a “Range” dropdown – change it to anything other than “Off” (obvious […]

OpenToonz (Morevna Edition) version 1.2.0.1

I am happy to announce that the new version of OpenToonz (Morevna Edition) is available for download now! This version is based on official OpenToonz 1.2.0, which was released a one week earlier. The official version now includes our MyPaint brushes feature, so this time (in addition to full set of features of official version) […]

How to create a sequence of empty frames in OpenToonz

New users of OpenToonz often ask – how to add a sequence of empty frames? This is a sort of operation that is tricky to figure out, so here is  a step-by-step recipe: Create a new level (if you haven’t yet) Make sure you have Level Strip panel visible. If not – choose “Windows” -> […]

Morevna Episode 4 crowdfunding campaign is started!

So it is here – our crowdfunding campaign is officially started now! We have set an ambitious goal – bring a talented artist Nikolai Mamashev to help us with animation for the new episode. With his help we will be able to significantly boost the production progress and release the new episode faster for you! […]

“All-or-nothing” or “Keep-it-all”?

After analyzing reactions to my previous post on social networks (thanks to everyone who took their time to leave feedback!) it gets pretty much clear: the availability of PayPal payment method heavily influences people’s choice to contribute. That’s logical – there are plenty of people who just prefer do not use their bank cards online. […]

Crowdfunding platform?

I have a question to solve and I want to know your opinion about it. Yesterday in my production report I have mentioned that we are preparing to launch a crowdfunding campaign. Initially we were targeting to run it on Indiegogo platform. But recently I discovered that Indiegogo dropped support for PayPal payment method. That’s […]

Production Report #16

If you follow our feeds on social networks, then you probably already aware about some bits of our progress on next episode of Morevna. But I guess many of you waiting for something with words “production” and “report”. I miss them too. So, my reports are back! I do not promise them to be weekly, […]

Synfig and Blender in PhD thesis by Julia Velkova (full PDF)

Full text of PhD thesis by Julia Velkova is now available online for free download. The PhD dissertation explores the antropological and culturological aspects of producing animated media content using free software. The research is based on two empirical case studies – Blender Institute (Amsterdam, Netherlands)  and Morevna Project (Gorno-Altaisk, Russia).