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I had a bit of an epiphany the other day. I have a fairly simple drawing program, ArtRage, that came with my graphics tablet. I've had it for years, and I like it because it simulates the effects of making a picture by hand; every brushstroke has little texture marks in the paint where the hairs of the paintbrush would make an impression, and the paper itself can have various textures that alter the effects of the materials used. It's all very clever.
Now! It only just occurred to me that such a program would be excellent for making backgrounds for my Flash animations. I tried it, and it worked. It gives the animation an old-fashioned style, because it resembles the painted background art of cartoons like 'Looney Tunes'.
So yeah. Eureka moment right there.