Ink and Paint



Lecturing Activity: Students will learn to convert a scanned image of a clean pencil or inked line drawing into a inked and painted digital image to be used in an animation production or sequence. Inking and painting frames and backgrounds is a big portion of traditional hand drawn animation production. The process involves using some type of image editing software or an animation software with paint capabilities. The goal of this lesson is to understand the process of how to import, digitize a line drawing, and create a saved palette for painting a character, background, or asset to be used in a composited scene or sequence.

Lesson Time

Anticipatory Activity
10 Minutes
Scanning Demo
10 Minutes
Painting Demo
15 Minutes
Animatic/Animation Production
2 - 12 curriculum::lessonplan.time.weeks

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Post-Secondary
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (8)
California Academic Content Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will learn how to scan images to save as frames in a sequence
  • Students will learn how to name and number frames in a sequence
  • Students will learn how to ink and paint their drawings, backgrounds and frames.
  • Students will learn how to set up and save swatches and a custom pallete
  • Students will apply these techniques in production of individual or group animatic or animation productions.

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