Animating a fish in Inkscape with scaling and skewing
This is a quick reply to a request for animating a fish. Let me start by stating the obvious: Inkscape is not made for animation. However, it is great for creating the bits and pieces for animations. A while back, I recorded a video on animating a fly’s wing in Inkscape. Now, the question was: Could the same style of animation work for a fish? Well… I tired and it can be done and look rather decent.
For animations like this, I like to go with bone-based animation tools [Spine, Spriter, DragonBones (free), to name a few]. Create different parts in Inkscape and using the flexibility and ease of vectors. Export them as separate PNG files. Animate in dedicated software.
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As usual, I prefer to use standard shapes to create elements. The pen tool works nicely. In my opinion, circles and rectangles get the job done easier and faster a lot of the time. When creating separate elements, this approach seems even more favorable.