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Should I mention the Once-ler?

I should mention the Once-ler.

I definitely should mention the Once–.

*runs back*

No. I said “Once-ler”. I did NOT say CandleJa–.

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Character Models! WHOOO!


Look mah! No hands! … or… circular abilities.


Like those you see at a convenience store!

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WHOO! AUDIO~

And random extra frames!

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Some rough work on props for my animanic.

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Had this on the side. Thought it would help with documenting my progress through the class.

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Forgot to post this. ^^;

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Let’s begin with a coloured walking cycle, as my ball thing isn’t very… um… colourful.

Next, a quick hadoken animation using two of the ball things.

And lastly, an animation where an i jumps and hits its head.

Some of the animation is jank, but comments and critiques are welcome! ^^

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messed up the ending. Meeeeh.

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HEY COACH Z? HOW COME YOU DON’T STORYBOARD NO MORE?

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Just a comic when I tried to think how the characters in this world functioned.

… although I don’t know how they stereotype via gender. :X Any tips for making spheres more gendered?

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Mood Boards are open for critique! ^^

… not coloured, I know.

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Sketches for the “The World is a Scary Place” idea. Honestly think that concept’s best, as I can actually imagine the predicament shown inside the story.

Some notes:
!) The story is metaphorical a la One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Yes, it’s actually happening, so it’s not like “Holy crap, a The Cheat, it was just a dream!” Instead, the protagonist’s mindset sees things as they affect others, and not as they actually appear.
@) The above noted, the actual society the story takes place in would, um, reflect ours. Ya know, people running are seen as strange, and harassment. What do I mean by “running … seen as strange?” Well, small hops are the polite way of progressing from point A to point B. Rolling is akin to crawling on all fours; animalistic and to be avoided. Well… the protagonist is already disadvantaged by simply existing, so she would probably be more inclined to roll than others of her species.
#) How is the protagonist disadvantaged? Good question… I am currently portraying that through imperfections, but I want to hint disadvantages our own society holds throughout the film, so as to imply to the viewer that this fictional society is not so disjointed from our own.
$) Yes, I am imagining that hands work through wi-fi. Magnetism… eh, doesn’t quite grasp elasticity. Now, if the hands were programmed to snap back when too far away, that could work. Most likely a problem would arise from multiple frequencies, and if there were multiple people when a hand tried to “snap back,” it could snap to the wrong person. ^^ What if society reflected that error?
%) Perhaps making a short to reflect this society would help with this animation’s research. I should get on that sometime.

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Premise: Someone faces an everyday situation that, to her, is challenging.

Introduction: Ball Thing wants to get a glass of milk.
Problem: She’s out of milk, and the store’s outside her house.
Complication: Also, the people outside are all various body parts with laser eyes.
Crisis: She runs out to get the milk while avoiding the laser eyes.
Climax: She returns home with the milk. (Climax could also have happened upon the decision to leave the house)
Resolution: She knows that at some point, she’ll have to go get milk again.

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The apartment is lit by sunlight, filtered stripes painting the opposite wall with a yellowish hue. Some pictures are huddled together on the wall, but mostly the room is empty save for some sparse furniture consisting of a bed, a table, a chair and a refrigerator. In rolls the protagonist, a fuzzy spherical creature that is lopsided. Pausing at the refrigerator to open it, she grabs one of the few things inside it and rolls over to the table. Hopping up into the chair, she points the carton of milk she had taken from the refrigerator, pops the top off, and begins to pour into the table’s lone glass.

But only a drop comes out. She looks at the bottle, shaking it to see if any more comes out. Then a flash of red light comes from the window, the skylight turning a dark purple. A cut to the window shows that havoc seems to be running amok, with the world twisted and giant eyes floating about menacingly; however, the store is visible and bright, despite being distant. The fuzzy protagonist sphere is still stunned from shock, knowing what awaits her outside of her room, but she knows milk is also out there. With a determined face, the camera cuts to her bolting out the door frantically, speeding down the haywire streets as laser zap in directions.

Dodging frantically, she hops as fast as she can as the camera zooms in on her face. Suddenly, she realizes that she was just running atop a circular sidewalk that also has a giant eye, so she throws herself off of it onto another actual sidewalk; however, the sidewalk is sloped, so she starts rolling out of control. She’s flung right into the grocery store, where she leaps to the refrigerated section and reaches desperately for a carton in the back. Snagging it finally, she turns around, rolling now as she speeds back home, holding the milk above her as her prized possession.

Slamming the door behind her, the room is painted red again by a flash of red light bleeding through the windows. Panting, she rolls slowly to the table, pushing herself up onto the chair. She looks at the flashing lights coming from the window one last time before turning back to her cup and pouring the milk.

The. End. ๐Ÿ˜€

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o.o;; I’ll be working on more, hopefully.

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The main protagonist’s stomach rumbles, so she spins around, throws open her refridgerator, pulls out a half-gallon of milk, boots the door shut, swings open a cabinet, slides a glass out and onto a table, plops herself in a chair, pops the cap off, and begins to pour the drink in! Smiling, rather, as all those little chores to drink something will be most appreciated by the consumer.

The milk dribbles out of the half-gallon bottle, dripping and then coming to a complete stop. She shakes it, as if milk is just stuck in the bottom, but no more comes out. The milk that’s there isn’t enough for her to drink! Well… it probably would suffice for someone much much younger, but it wont for her!

And then the room lights red. She freezes, waiting for the light to fade before her eyes dart to the side. Cut to a window, and a twisted landscape with large camera eyes with lazers coming out of them, along with giant saws with the same camera eyes attached to them. She takes in a breath, and then bursts out the front door, making a mad dash across the landscape.

Lazers zap behind her as she hops frantically along a sidewalk. Cut to a closeup of her hopping frantically, only to zoom out and see that the sidewalk she was walking on was just a cartwheel with a blade saw in it. She leaps off of it, landing on a downward slope and rolls down it out of control. She’s flung into what looks like a convenience store with the roof lopped off, and she throws open a refridgerated door, reaching for a few seconds before grabbing a half-gallon of milk. Then she’s hopping back, holding the bottle above her head as more lasers shot at her and a saw tumbles after her.

Slam! Safe at home, her back to the door as the light from outside bleeds red into the room. After heaving a few breaths, she picks up the bottle off the top of her head, hopping over to the glass on the table. She pops off the top, pouring it into the semi-filled glass so it’s nice and full. She smiles, panting, her breathing slowing down as the room is flashed red once more. She closes her eyes, leaning back into her chair, sighing.

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(As a foreword, I know that this page will have all these in-progress character sheets, and you might say “Hey, you’re just coping out of doing all the work on time!” … which is true, and should be graded justly. However, as with the first sheet I’ll be adding to this list at #0, I’ve realized I only design characters through more stories. Lots of stories take time: using character 0 as an example, my mind is an egomaniac. Noticing that I had revolved my entire story around myself and not the protagonist, I did some (disturbingly male-oriented) objections that the plot was only focusing on me and her ex, and it wasn’t focusing on her interactions with people and her dreams. … which she promptly reminded me why I’m not supposed to yell and mansplain to women about something I know nothing about.)

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Character #0 : Female Protagonist
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Age – Haven’t thought to ask

Evolution/Life Cycle (relative to human?) – Middle-aged

Ethnicity – Assumably Caucasian

Height – 5’9″

Weight – Not going to ask

Gender – Female

Culture

Profession

Dreams

Beliefs

Food

Weaknesses

Goals/Ambition – To be alone

Obstacles – Abusive father. Drug addictions. Someone that seemed to be an ex-boyfriend.

Stereotype/Archetype

Sense of Humor – Hasn’t shown any around me

Health – poor before the story arc began

Family – father, mother, and 1 sibling. Unsure of their current situation

Values

Environment (Env they feel uncomfortable in?) – my mind, her family’s house

Intelligence

Education – At least high school graduate

Sex Life – Not consented

Idiosyncrasies

Need/Purpose

Nocturnal habits

Body Structure

Fears – The ex-boyfriend seemed to be one. Definitely the father and the younger sister.

Talent

Self View

Addictions – I believe it was cocaine.

Flaws

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Character #1 : The Woman in the Scary World
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Age

Evolution/Life Cycle (relative to human?) – at least past Puberty

Ethnicity – Minority

Height

Weight

Gender – Female

Culture

Profession

Dreams

Beliefs

Food

Weaknesses

Goals/Ambition – To be alone

Obstacles

Stereotype/Archetype

Sense of Humor

Health

Family

Values

Environment (Env they feel uncomfortable in?) – Outside

Intelligence

Education – At least Grade School; potentially High School

Sex Life –

Idiosyncrasies

Need/Purpose

Nocturnal habits

Body Structure

Fears

Talent

Self View

Addictions

Flaws

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Character #2 : The Kid Knight
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Age

Evolution/Life Cycle (relative to human?)

Ethnicity

Height

Weight

Gender – Male

Culture

Profession

Dreams

Beliefs

Food

Weaknesses

Goals/Ambition – To be alone

Obstacles – Others

Stereotype/Archetype

Sense of Humor
Health

Family

Values

Environment (Env they feel uncomfortable in?)

Intelligence

Education

Sex Life – No

Idiosyncrasies

Need/Purpose

Nocturnal habits

Body Structure – Small

Fears

Talent

Self View – Inflated Ego; Pinnacle of Manliness

Addictions

Flaws

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Character #3 : The Lollipop Guild(er)
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Age

Evolution/Life Cycle (relative to human?)

Ethnicity

Height

Weight

Gender – Female

Culture

Profession

Dreams

Beliefs – Friendship is magic!

Food

Weaknesses

Goals/Ambition – To share with others

Obstacles – Others

Stereotype/Archetype

Sense of Humor
Health

Family

Values

Environment (Env they feel uncomfortable in?)

Intelligence

Education

Sex Life – No

Idiosyncrasies

Need/Purpose

Nocturnal habits

Body Structure – Small, but slightly larger than the Kid Knight

Fears

Talent

Self View

Addictions

Flaws

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Character A wants a glass of milk. ๐Ÿ˜€ So she goes, throws open the refridgerator, swings out a gallon, pivots over to the glass, and goes to pour.

Owe Nowe! There was only a dribble of milk left, and now the cup is half empty! Character A definitely wants to make that glass half full! If not all full. Going to a local store should solve this!

…except there seem to be loads of laser-mounted body parts in the way. My that does complicate things, doesn’t it?

RUN RUN DODGE RUN RUN POINTS FOR STYLE RUN RUN Reach just far enough to grab the milk off the shelf RUN RUN RUN RUN HOP SKIP JUMP RUN SLAM COLLAPSE!

Safe at home. Character A can now slump on a chair knowing that the milk was acquired and the glass doesn’t have to be half-empty anymore.

But it’s still half-empty now. And it reminds Character A that the milk is finite, and confronting the lazers again is a necessity. Well, that knowledge sure ruined her appetite.

(P.S.: Don’t you know lazers to the face are metaphors for psychological problems? An old white man in a video game told me, so it must be true!)

(P.P.S.: Just because I link things doesn’t mean you should click them. ;-; The story of the game itself is nice, despite the two female characters not talking about anything other than men, but the ending is just… so horrible. ;~; Get attached to someone, and, oh, doomed by canon, don’tcha know? BUT WHY NOT FROM HER OR HER ROOMMATE’S PERSPECTIVES? >~< Seriously…)

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The main character is a cool dude. Super cool dood. Keeeeewl Deeeeeeeoud. (insert more misspelled internet terminology) He just wants to be left alone, /\/\4/\/!!!!1!!

But wait, what is this? A challenger approaches, in an attempt to waste main character’s time! So, the main character gives this challenger a cold shoulder! That’ll show ’em!

But le gasp! The challenger taps the main character on the shoulder! What mockery is this?! His alone time has been tarnished!

Such mockery shall not go unnoticed by the main character. He shall push this challenger to show what manly manly manliness of manhood mannery this main character is made of. HAH!

…that was not a good move; it only gave the challenger permission to use physical force. THUS A GLOMP OF GLOMPING PROPORTIONS! As our esteemed hero (*swallows backwash* … um, excuse me, had to break the 4th wall there for my sanity’s sake) stares defeat in the face, the challenger hands him A LOLLIPOP! NOOOOOO THE HORROR OF HORRORS!

But the main character is pinned, and no other option is open. POP! goes the lollipop into the main character’s mouth, his scowl looking… scowly.

…my, is that Cranberry? ๐Ÿ˜€

(AND THEN PYROLAND LAZAR KATS! :DDDDDDDDDdeedeedee)

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And I Lie!
And a note! Apologies for squished images. ^^;
But back to adventure!

#1) Miniature Dinosaur
mini trip

It’s a little green dinosaur on a lily pad! Well, it’s cute, but it’s also not humanoid in any way! Well, maybe very distantly, but it has a nice rounded surface, and it’s size incorporates a different atmosphere than a larger being. I might also be partial to its greenness.

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#2) Stegoer
mini trip

A blend between what I believe to be a canine and some kind of fish. I think “shark”, but I haven’t looked up any research on this image. And apparently people don’t like blending two very realistic animals on dA, with the result still being realistic. The folded ear straightening when alert is a nice character touch.

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#3) Strawberry Hat
Strawberry Hat

I really like cute things. Also, it looks like a fluffy bunny-like quadriped with a strawberry for a hat. It also has a green scarf, so my bias might be coming up again. Definitely not human.

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#4) Dog?
Strawberry Hat

Well, it’s a scruffy dog. Bit of a scruffy dog thing, with fur made with brushes. The eyes are a bit wild, so one can imagine either wild and disturbing attentiveness, wild action scenes of scruffy disobedience, or perhaps curl down and sleep.

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#5) Oliver
mini trip

Yes, I know it’s human; three other ideas got scrapped for being even more human. DeviantArt likes its humans. But anyway, despite the obvious lack of arms giving the character difficulty with household chores, the character has only two eyes and no indication of a mouth. Also, the head-to-body ratio is crazy off, and I can only imagine it tumbling and tumbling and tumbling…
As a side note, the game this character was made for is a lot like my Yukan series. >.>;; I guess killing yourself to progress is a fun idea now-a-days.

P.S. There is floating in my blogpage. I really don’t understand this.

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