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Please make sure your speakers are on! (or even better, your headphones)

This is a rough animation I made in the spring, and recently polished up for release on the web. In it you can see my first attempts at digital painting, my first tweened animation, and some procedural environmental effects. The backgrounds were painted in Photoshop, the characters drawn in Flash, and all the rain is randomly generated in real time from ActionScript code.

The character you see is a komuso, a priest of emptiness, playing a shakuhachi flute (look up those terms if you are interested). That's me playing the background music. You could call it a poor rendition of the song Honshirabe, or you could call it an improvisation. I prefer the latter.

There was actually supposed to be an action scene in the middle, but I'll save that for the final version once I get some actual animating skill and a lot more painting experience. Without that scene, the themes of the animation don't come together as well, but I can explain the basic idea:

The overall theme of Komuso, this animation, is of moving from the extremes of stagnation, agitation, and violence to energetic balance and wholeness. There's more symbolism and such, but I'll leave that for another time. Anyway, please enjoy the animation.

Just remember to breathe. ;)

*if you like this, you might like these too: [link] [link]
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NaRooTo Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Wow! I really really like this. I love Komuso monks because of their appearance, although I know little of them. Good work!
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axcho Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Thank you! :D

If you ever want to hear more shakuhachi music, you should listen to some recordings by Kohachiro Miyata: [link]
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Glantin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
Very cool ! The rain, the music, the paintings,... I love it and I definitively WANT to see the final version !
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axcho Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
Thanks a lot for the comment, I appreciate it! :D I hope I get to make the final version, so you can see it. :aww:
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Ace0fredspades Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Professional Filmographer
umph... that was really nice (my headphones are on) I like all the rain effects...
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Wraith092 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
lol ok, well I still love the sound it makes. Along with the flute it brings a lot of serenity. Good job.
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axcho Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
Thanks. I'm glad you appreciate it.
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Wraith092 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2008
I love the rain.
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axcho Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Me too.

I only wish I could better portray the eye-candy inherent in falling, flowing, and rippling water. Even a simple puddle in the dirt is more awesome than the fanciest fluid dynamics demo on a computer. I want people to realize this!
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wanderlust-tattoo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
By the way, I totally recognized what you were playing(tho I didn't know what the name of it was), so I think it is a very good rendition of it! Did I mention I loved this?
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axcho Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
:aww:

I wish the music was better, but it does the job. I'm glad you liked it. Watching this animation always makes me feel relaxed for some reason.
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wanderlust-tattoo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2008
Oooooo! I love this! Thank you for creating it!
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LachlanKadick Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
excellent
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Taylor-payton Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, very nice! sorry I missed your message XD. but I loved the backgrounds. The rain effects were really sweet aswell!
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cute-spider Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
very cool good one. ^---^

:sun: :icq: :#1: :butterflytwo:
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The-Masses Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Amazing work.

The backgrounds, the characters, the music!

Bravo!

:+fav:

- Chris
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axcho Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Yayyy! Thanks! :boogie:
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