Sketching with motion in Looom
This was my first stream sketching in #procreate, and I’m looking forward to more in the near future!
Today the iorama.studio team released v1.1 of Looom, which now includes a delete tool!
They also took a great first stab at documenting how to use the app. This is super nice, because there’s a lot of features and buttons that are ambiguous or relatively hidden. I’ve spent about 10 hours playing with the app, and I naturally discovered features just by playing around — but I also learned a few new things. Check out the Loom User Guide for more details on how everything works.
One of the things I’ve been waiting to try out is the SVG export. For some reason, you’re not able to access the SVG files locally on the iPad for a simple airdrop export. I had to physically connect my iPad and my Mac with a USB-C cable to extract the SVG files.
While this flow isn’t ideal, an in-app export feature is apparently in the works.
Unfortunately, the source files for the video I posted last night was deleted from the app when I upgraded from version 1.0 to 1.1 😢
In any case, I was able to pull a few of the animated SVGs out of the iPad, and I’ve posted them below.
I actually noticed that there are some SVG path/clipping bugs with the SVGs that were exported. This is illustrated in the orange ball animation — I posted the SVG and video side-by-side — and you can see that there’s an entire thread that appears to be missing in the SVG.
More fun with looom #madewithlooom
It has a very unique interface that is unlike anything I’ve used before. They describe the feeling that they were going for, and they nailed it:
Taking inspiration from music creation tools, using Looom feels more like playing an instrument than operating software – exploring lines, shapes and colors through loopable time and rhythm.
You can fluidly flip back and forth between traditional frame-by-frame animation and live animation that feels more like a performance than drawing.
Their website also says that all of the brush strokes are recorded as SVG paths. This means that everything is a vector, and that it could support many different types of exports (as SVG is pretty portable). I think this app has a lot of potential, and I’m excited to see the direction they take it.
Anyway, here are the things I made, in the order that I made them. If you’re interested in watching the actual process of making these, you can check them out for the next 14 days on my twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/makewithjake/videos?filter=archives&sort=time I’ll share some more details about the twitch channel soon.