Hi there, I have another question regarding the clean-up stage in hand-drawn animation.
Are the clean-up drawings numbered in the standard professional animation workflow?
The thing is, for me, as a filmmaker, what I do is not number the clean-up drawings because I would export them as .png files and import them into inkscape, which would serve as my cel-generating and coloring program. I would start with “trace bitmap,” assign the color pallette outside of the cel and camera area (page), and then export them as transparent .png files, therefore as painted cels. This is due to the fact that I can’t really use the vector layers and tools in Pencil 2D currently but I don’t want to go through the redundant and laborious process of using one bitmap layer for the traced outline (which I would refer to as clean-up drawings) and another bitmap layer for painting the colors over and then the swap the outline and color layers afterwards for previewing and exporting either. I know, long sentence. The only drawback to the Inkscape method of cel making is I have to trace the image (clean-up drawing), delete the original image (not the actual file, of course), color within the outline, and then export each cel, one at a time. But it’s not too bad for me. It just takes a bit longer in Inkscape then what I could do in Pencil 2D if the vector layers and tools were truly functional, which apparently aren’t, unfortunately.
Anyway, just explaining how I would go about the clean-up to ink-and-paint stage. Hopefully one would answer my question above. Please answer, thank you.