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the mask, a 17 second animated flipbook

We can write stories with words, and we can write stories with images. This story is called The Mask. A seventeen second story.

the mask

the end


The drawings were made on 3×5 index cards and painted with Sennelier watercolors. The images were scanned into Adobe Photoshop and then uploaded into Toon Boom Studio and exported as a quick time movie.

Do you wear a mask?


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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Darcknyt

    OOOOOWWW… O_o (J/K)

    Congratulations. A fun experience, I bet. 🙂

    • Yes, little green bug man with red glasses. It was. 🙂

  • EmFairley

    I love the animation, Pamela, and look forward to reading how it was drawn.

    Yes, I wear a couple masks, all of which are difficult for others to see. The main one is due to trust issues, but I’m thankful that I can be myself with you. I’m lucky that both allow me to be me and don’t inhibit my creative processes in any way. Indeed, the other allows things to flow more freely than if I were to take it off.


    • Hello Em,
      Yes, you can be yourself here. I am glad you feel safe to share.
      Your masks sound helpful, especially if they don’t inhibit your creative processes.
      What are you working on today? How is the book editing going?

      • EmFairley

        Thanks Pamela. The book edit is the priority for the time being, although I had both my author/ editor and artist head on yesterday, so only got one chapter edited. I’ve just finished the first of the day and have 10 to go, so will hopefully get another done this afternoon.

        Em xoxo

  • Susan W A

    Awesome, Pamela ! Thanks for sharing that animation, and for including the steps you took and the programs you used. Was that an assignment for your class? Have you done animation before? I love the surprise element in it. The whole sequence is very effective.

    Yes, I wear masks. Sometimes I hide behind a mask if I’m behind on a task (a “task mask”?) and need to portray that everything is alright until I can fix it. Sometimes I wear a mask if I don’t trust the other person to accept me for who I am, and I don’t have the confidence to show my weaknesses to them.

    My girlfriends and I set a “theme” for the year for ourselves on our birthdays. My birthday is the first day of spring. My theme for this upcoming year is to honor my own process. Perhaps I won’t have to wear the mask that someone else’s way of doing things is preferable to mine.

    • Hello Susan,
      You are very welcome. I will have to write about how I made the drawings too. What I used for reference.
      The animation was an assignment for my animation class. I have never done animation before.
      Masks can protect us but they can also stop the real creative person from being themselves. May you be Susan all year and for the rest of your life. Only Susan can be Susan.

      • Susan W A

        Yes, masks are removable!