My first thought was to make a little animation, then I realized I need a license for the audio. That's the reason, why this animation has no sound. In another version it has sound from a good friend from me, but he doesn't want it online. Maybe I upload it with a different audio sometime.
I feel like when ever people say things like “THIS IS A KIDS SHOW HOW DID THEY LET THIS HAPPEN?” when something more mature than my little pony happens it really perpetuates the idea that kids animation should never have mature themes.
Things like death and grief aren’t too mature to be shown in children’s animation and I’ll argue that it NEEDS to be shown. It can help kids to understand and deal with these things at a younger age as long as they approach it right.
This was a little extra credit thing, of a quadruped walk cycle. It’s not as polished as my other ani stuff as it didn’t get critique and I personally feel it looks as though it’s limping, but it was still fun to try!
Spent the last two weeks working on, both finishing the revisions on my scenes at work (it’s a hassle navigating the many layers hand drawn animation requires), and desperately trying to think of an idea in order to submit a comic to a summer anthology.
I've been super busy working on a squirrelflight animation lately! The song is.... Really long though so I'm trying to see if I can maybe do the project as a MAP but I don't know if anyone would join since I'm new. Any WC people willing to give advice on this? my DMs are open always.
The drawn (physical/photoshop) animation I made for the sound and editing task.
The animation shows a cat called Dynamite sitting on a table as he hits a regular looking pink ball which ends up exploding into a paint bomb (don’t worry Dynamite wasn’t harmed).I think my use of sound helps to make it more surprising and silly.
I made the animation in Adobe Photoshop and Premier Pro.
We have to create 3 animations that all use 3 sounds taken from a list provided to us, the animations have to be the drawn (physical/photoshop), 2D and 3D.
The sounds I chose for this animation were tap, meow, kaboom.
Sounds are from freesound.org
Sources can be found in the link:
Got inspired again after the Gilly redesign from before for another fun take on an existing character. Here’s the original edgy old cat who was woefully neglected by TNT in terms of character potential given he had a whole ~mysterious dark past~ and a documented rivalry with a fairly popular villain.
I was doing something more on the consolidation of designs path as Magax has had a load of designs over the years (and/or TNT was inconsistent in their art and designs sometimes...) so I tried to keep the elements of his core look while adding little embellishments or flairs. I like to think of Magax as a weary old soul who lives in a graveyard hunting ghosts and monsters every night so he looks kind of mangy and mean from years spent out alone in the deep Haunted Woods - but I’m sure it’s just his face, he’s probably an okay guy.
So yeah I kept most of Magax’s iconic features like his earring, eye scar, and goatee seeing as those seem to be staples in his look
Since I made him scarred all over I tried to make Magax’s famous eye scar stand out more so it’s a bigger, more raw-looking mark rather than just a thin line. I like to think that he got it when he fought Hubrid Nox for the first time after he turned his back on the way of evil, and during the battle Nox nailed him in the face with something that later became a trademark of his look.
Added on more scars and a chewed up ear to up the Edge on the look and show off that he’s a fighter, the old grizzled lone warrior type
The scarf is a nod to one of his prehistoric designs where he had a red cape and totally different armour - maybe it’s the same cape, worn with age and repurposed to keep his neck from getting chilly without his mane now
Does Magax wear manacles? Gloves? Neither? The NeoTeam artists can’t seem to decide, so why not all at once in a fingerless-glove-with-braces combo?
Magax has always worn this kind of vest thingy in some form and it’s changed colours from grey to black to green so i settled for a dull near-black green since green seems to be a part of his thing. He also kind of just wears it as one layer without anything else underneath, which I mean fair enough when you’re a magical warrior you probably don’t worry about that stuff. I put a kind of singlet underneath you can barely see just so he can say he’s got some layers
The belt combines his old design buckle and new design where he has a random bag on it but i figure a guy’s allowed to have somewhere to hide his... whatever is meant to be in there
His green magic is just rendered like that because I was having fun with layer blending modes and filters. The Flash-era effects don’t really give his magic powers much in way of visual flair nor are they that consistent: They look more or less like solid green bars and orbs in his games, while in other official art it’s rendered either like flames or lightning (plus his Neopets TGC card had him down as a Fire element alignment). I did a bit of both because Rule of Cool but I imagine that his magic is unique in that it manifests pretty much however he wants as a kind of pure raw energy magic.
His trusty Darklight Axe I gave it a little bit of a makeover too with a heavy battleaxe design and engravings on the head just because it looks sick. I assume it’s made out of the same green magic he wields so it’s kind of like a solid power construct or something (like Green Lantern? idk) I find it weird that his axe is only shown in art and alluded to in his Neopedia article as if it’s a normal if not staple part of his arsenal - heck, even his name suggests it’s like his signature weapon of choice, yet he doesn’t actually use it in his games to fight and instead just uses shooty beam spam
This week I did alot of experimenting with animations programs. I am so far going to stick with opentoonz, but I am considering clip studio paint as it seems like it provides me with more options drawing wise, and i think would better fit my animation style. The issue is that the version that allows animation on a full timeline requires a pricey upgrade from the version I have.
I learned alot of the ins and outs of opentoonz, and feel confident in my ability to continue using it. Here are the first 3 shots of the aniamtic, with sound, done as keyframes. The animation is more rough than i would like, and I feel it doesn’t work as well without any background.