How can we bring life to drawings?
Can animation be as easy as sketching?
Can we bring the world of animation and sketching, a little closer?
Few years back, these questions motivated our award winning research initiative - Project Draco. Today, we are thrilled to announce that, in collaboration with UI Research Group, Research Transfer, and SketchBook team, that realization is a reality! Draco is now available as SketchBook Motion to the global audience as an iPad app. As a matter of fact, it is also featured in Apple iTunes store! Congratulations to all the amazing & passionate people involved in this project.
When we think of animation, we often think of it as an art and storytelling medium. Most of us experience dynamic media everyday, but rarely we create them. We are looking at animation with a different lens. A medium that helps us to express ourselves in everyday tasks beyond our verbal language. By making animation as easy and fluid as sketching, we intend to make dynamic drawings a powerful medium to think, create, and communicate rapidly.
... would benefit most from the fluidity and communicative aspects of dynamic drawings? Educators? Or, Designers? Artists? Architects? Children?
The answer is, ALL OF THEM. It already has. More than thousand users, having a wide rage of expertise & profession, signed up for the technology preview in Autodesk Labs. They surprised us with their creativity, and pushed the limits of the tool. See some of the amazing and inspiring contents created by our beta testers.
Animated drawings are more expressive than static ones, aren’t they? What are you waiting for? Go WILD with MOTION! :)
Back in the 1970s, visionary computer scientist Alan Kay envisioned computer as a portable, universal, and powerful communication media for expression through drawing, writing, and composing. Considering the time, this was a radically different perspective. Kay’s idea is instrumental to our research efforts for realizing dynamic drawings as a powerful personal communication medium.
Sketchbook motion is a stepping stone towards this goal. Our subsequent research efforts looked into making these drawings interactive, and classically stylized. However, beyond communication, sketching is also a process, a way of thinking, a tool of thought. How can dynamic drawings facilitate powerful ways of imagination & design? These are important, critical questions worth pondering. For a design orientated company like Autodesk, this is even more pertinent and critical.