//  Lightning Artist Toolkit  /  lightningartist.org
info:  A hand-drawn volumetric animation pipeline
role:  Researcher, Developer
when:  2012–present
where:  Toronto, New York
The Lightning Artist Toolkit (Latk) provides a complete pipeline for hand-drawn volumetric animation—a common exchange file format, a set of ML models, and plugins to integrate 3D drawings into a wide range of XR projects. Readable in any popular 3D graphics application and ready to use in real-world production scenarios, Latk's goal is to make creation in 3D as expressive and intuitive as drawing in 2D.

A note about the name: early animators like Winsor McKay first created their work for a live audience in vaudeville halls—and they were billed as “lightning artists.”

Supported by:
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2023–2025)
York University VISTA (2020–2024)
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center (2012–2013)
Canada Council for the Arts (2012–2013)