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I cannot seem to find an expert in this area, so I thought you might know the answer.

This is about references for illustration and while I understand the copyrights concerning print work - I want to do illustrations as well as animations based upon videos (dancers).

But I cannot find information pertaining to this.

I know there are many resource sites for us - but never seen one specifically for videos.

Yes, I would be sketching these freehand and then retracing them in illustrator - making the vector. But I want to do a ballet dancer and import her into Flash to do a frame by frame.

Thank you

Hi Debbie,

I do not know of any tutorials for doing this but I have some suggestions.

In order to do a frame by frame animation you will have to take screen captures of every frame of video to use as a template for drawing. It is a painstaking process, but necessary to do what you are asking. Some artists actually have the screen lying flat and draw right on top of it as a lightbox, pausing the video each frame in slow motion.

Here is a resource for animating in Adobe Flash.



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I am an Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe Community Professional and Adobe Freelance Professional. I travel nationally speaking on Adobe Creative Suite applications, including Illustrator and design. I can answer questions about Adobe Illustrator version CS1 through the all-new Creative Cloud.


I am an Adobe Certified Instructor for Adobe Illustrator and have been teaching this software in college/higher education and for an Adobe Authorized Training Center since 2000. I have been an active user of Adobe Illustrator as a professional graphic designer since 1994. I am also the author of the Adobe Illustrator Certified Expert Exam. I am a published author for Adobe Inspire Magazine, writing articles on Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator and the Adobe Touch apps.

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