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These Cartoon Animator Shorts Won Reallusion’s 2022 Animation at Work Competition

After two months of creativity, the Animation Au Travail 2022 competition for cartoon animator (CTA) has ended and the winners have been announced.

“Reallusion would like to thank all of their wonderful sponsors, including Xppen, Affinity, Magix, and ASIFA,” the organization said at the end of the contest.

In total, the event received 169 global entries, each with their work-in-progress videos. The five categories of the event included Business & Commercial, Comics & Art, Education, Vertical Shorts, and VLOG & VTuber.

A total of 26 winners from different backgrounds were selected, all with varying levels of skill and experience. Additionally, a wide range of styles and topics have been created, proving that the CTA is streamlined for creative diversity. Several newcomers who were first-time CTA users were even able to use their newly acquired techniques to combine other software pipelines for their submissions.

Here are the top finishers in each category:

Business and commercial animation — 1st prize

Songrea Voyages TVC by Onome Egba (Nigeria)

Winner Onome Egba shared his thoughts after winning the category:

Cartoon Animator excels at simplifying many complex processes naturally associated with character animation. The rigging tools and animation presets are especially useful to help you get your characters moving in no time. Real-time playback is also something you will quickly take for granted when using the software. No ramp preview, pre-render, or 1/4 resolution is needed to actually see what you’re working on, which really helps with iterations.

Judges’ comments:

Congratulations to Onome Egba! This is a tricky 2D production that all the judges immediately imagined as a TV or YouTube commercial. The voice acting, characters, and body movements were all well balanced, and we also loved the scene and camera changes. Well done!

Comics and artistic animation — 1st prize

divine princess by Eon De Bruin (South Africa)

Winner Eon De Bruin had the following to say about the victory:

I’ve been working with Cartoon Animator 4 since 2017 and it’s opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me. Today, I have my own streaming platform where I create many animated shows for kids, and CTA4 is my software of choice because it’s so easy to use, quick to create animations, and s integrates well with Clip Studio Paint. I don’t think I could create so many animated shows for my platform if I used another software. I love Cartoon Animator!

Judges’ comments:

Our veteran CTA user, Eon De Bruin, wowed us again with his entry and WIP video. He took the opportunity to have the 2D princess interact with 3D people – and it all paid off! Congratulations Eon!

Educational animation — 1st prize

The secret of figs by LuckyPlanet (Thailand)

The LuckyPlanet winner said:

Cartoon Animator allows me to produce my animated series more quickly and easily. These animation tools make me feel like an actor myself.

Judges’ comments:

A 10 out of 10 winning entry for the Education category! We were very impressed with the finished quality, and can’t wait to see more cartoon animator educational videos created by LuckyPlanet!

Vertical Shorts — Winners

Custody duty by Jeremy Fisher (Canada)

Vertical Shorts — Winners

AR Sisters by Kirill Klochkov (Russia)

VLOG & VTuber — Winner

As “global warming” approaches What steps can you take? by Hiromi Yamamoto (Japan)

Student animation — Winner

The United States Declaration of Independence by Andre Luiz Siqueira Alencar (Brazil)

At the end of the competition, Reallusion was also pleased to announce the coming of Cartoon Animator 5. In this upcoming release, the software maker fills in the basics of animation productions and also improves the unique techniques of Cartoon Animators. In the new version, secondary animations will be automatically created with simple touches, crushing and stretching movements can be freely distorted, and vector graphics are supported for infinite resolution.

Take a peek at what’s inside Cartoon Animator 5and click here to see the full list of Animation At Work winners with comments from their respective judges.