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Inktober 2018 by Chirpy-chi Inktober 2018 by Chirpy-chi
A little late to post here but here it is anyway xD My Inktober compilation for 2018. Everyday, I drew a frame for an animation and this is the end result of a month ;u;

Featuring Queen Chalybeous
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:iconrainbowcraft2:
This is a really well-done animation!

VISION
The vision is good - you decided to make an animation for inktober, and you appear to have had an idea of what you wanted the finished animation to look like because the overall animation looks deliberate, and not at all like you decided the next frame on the day you drew it. I think you got what you wanted. 4/5

ORIGINALITY
I can't say with certainty how original the concept is, but in my opinion the 2 most original aspects - that is, making an animation for inktober and having her come up out of the ground in a swirl of fire (Never seen a changeling appear like that before) - make up for anything that might be unoriginal. However, I really don't think using an OC is unoriginal, so you should be fine there. The only reason I'm giving 4 stars is because I have no idea what might be considered "original" to people. A lot of people animate entrances, and a lot of people use their OCs. So some people could probably say this is relatively unoriginal. Otherwise I'd give 4.5 stars. 4/5

TECHNIQUE
The technique here is great. The animation looks extremely smooth despite being only around 15 FPS (The human eye usually notices anything slower than 30) and the anatomy is consistent throughout every frame. Just by watching it, I noticed that her wings aren't moving when she first comes out of the flames, causing her to fall. Originally that looked unnatural to me, but I thought she was coming out wings flapping. Taking gravity into account, it makes a lot more sense. The only issue I see with the animation is a minor one in the last 2 frames, where her head snaps into position. The animation of her head moving up is not as smooth in the last few frames as everything else (actually on par with most 15 FPS animations, so still not bad. Just nitpicking here). 4.5/5

IMPACT
The impact works. I can feel the motion in her wings, mane, tail, and her legs. I can see the magic as it dissipates from her portal (I assume she's using a portal or teleport) and her horn. It is clear that you know how to animate on computer as well as on paper, and that's probably better than most people can say. Very well-made piece that deserves to be in my favorites! 4.5/5
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Planet1337 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2019
This tho
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nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2019  Professional Filmographer
This is lovely! And a genius idea omg!
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh thank you! Glad you think so ;u;
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G4NGR3N3-0 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My only regret is not seeing this animation sooner
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhhfksjafd thank you for that kind words(?) :'D Well, you've seen it now so that's good?
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G4NGR3N3-0 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very good
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twilightcomet Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
H o w
This is amazing, especially considered that you only make one frame each day and are limited to 31 frames, it must've been really difficult to plan and execute, and yet you've managed to make it so smooth !!! I also like the effect of the paper lighting changing, actually, because it gives some sort of a "natural" feel? I can't really come up with the right word to describe that but I hope you get what I mean :')
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh I dunno, I just...wing it with straight ahead animation style :'D I just kinda know what I wanna do and stuck to a VERY basic action just so I can cram in the smoothness and don't rush the animation I guess? And I didn't think of the lighting so that's a really neat tidbit to know. The scanner I used was just inconsistent with the tones xD But then again, since you pointed it out, it does make the lighting look more "natural". Maybe it's the warm lighting and the fact it kinda "animates" with the frames maybe? Ahhhhhhh but I get watchu trying to say though!
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twilightcomet Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I could just wing stuff and make it look that good ;w;
I really should try to do an animation, it's one of those things that I say I want to try and then never do! I'll keep in mind what you said about keeping the action simple... though you say simple, I still think that the different components with the flames and the appearance makes it somewhat complex! Complexly simple. I don't know what I'm trying to say here :') Anyways, the main point is it's good and very much animation goals!!
I'm glad you got what I was trying to say with the lighting. Interesting your scanner defaults to warm though, because mine always makes everything look slightly blue. I wonder if there's a setting you can change that with? And yes, the "animated" changes in light is one of the things that adds character!
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, the only reason I could do something like this is because I've been animating for a good 3 years :U It's...a skill set that takes a lot of perseverance and possibly crying and possibly throwing a fit but I digress. But if it helps, I break down my animation via steps because if I don't my brain gets confused super fast. So, if you're just starting out, animating a living ball would be one of the best ways to grasp the concept of animation. Like you could just check out things like squash and stretch and apply them one step at a time to get the hang of it. Then you could animate some character into said ball like it attempting to get up stairs or something. Then eventually you take those stuff and add a tail to the ball for extra motions. Then eventually you put those concepts onto characters like ponies and such. 
There's no easy way to put this other then a rather long process of trial and error :'D Referring to the animation I did, it helps if you look at it this way, animate the fire. Think about the character separately. Basically, I animate them in steps so like fire > main body > other flowy parts (But because this is ink I have to be insanely careful about what I ink first and I actually made a lot of mistakes but shhhhhhh)
That's just me though, if I treat them as separate stuff to do I don't go crazy trying to think of animating everything at once xD
My paper has a yellowish tint to it so that might be where the warm colour comes from and as always, thank you for the really insightful conversation and kind words ;u;
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twilightcomet Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! It's super hard to be an active watcher to everyone, because there's so many good artists on here, but when I have time and can remember, I like to leave a good comment :') And thank you for giving me a long and thoughtful reply in return!

Good grief, it actually took me a hot minute to get my head around the concept of a "living ball" to begin with!! I think I'll need quite some time to manage this ;w; I'll give it a go when I have more free time! I remember I used to have a very squishy ball somewhere, I think that would be good as a reference to draw what I think you're describing, if I can find it. It's like anything, if you try to look too far ahead and overthink it, it'll pile up on you and you won't want to do it anymore. So I'll take your advice about breaking it up into small steps for sure.
If you're animating digitally, what is a good program to use? Or should I just draw it frame by frame and put them together as you did here with paper?

Don't worry, I didn't see any mistakes! Probably because the main focus is on the movement, unless you're really trying to put attention into nitpicking nobody will notice! I'll say it again, you did good!
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeee, I agree with that. It just simply takes a ridiculous amount of time ;u; It becomes hella difficult to prioritise after a while. And it's no probs, I love taking the time to give a long-ass reply, it's the least I could do for someone who took their time to comment as well ;3

And omph, I wish you all the best in trying animation out, it's a tough one but persevere and you'll get to do pretty cool things : D And that's a great idea to use an actual squishy ball as reference tbh. Honestly, I still have to keep reminding myself not to be too overly ambitious as well, and what you say would be very true about being overwhelmed aaaaaaaa
As for animating digitally, you could try out Krita, it's a free program but has really neat basic functions for animation. I just recently tested it out myself and I'm liking it so far! As for the paper approach, it really is up to preference in the end. But as with anything traditional, there is no ctrl+z xD You could just try out both honestly, and see which one works better for ya.

And thanks very much again for your kind words, we're our own worst critics ;u;
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rainbowcraft2 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This was my first time critiquing someone's art. I hope I did alright. Great job on this!
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhh it was your first time? That was really good critic though! I thought you've done it before, it gives good insight to what could be better and such. It's a good effort and thank you!
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rainbowcraft2 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. It's good to know my critique was good.
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Chocoecaramell Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Student Digital Artist
AYE THIS IS AWESOME WUT THE HELL
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
HJDAHASDAS AHHHHHH??? THANK YOU
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Chocoecaramell Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Student Digital Artist
HOW DID U MAKE SUCH A GOOD ANIMATION
ITS SMOOTHER THAN A PUDDING
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
fhkjsfsd I....don't actually know how to answer this :'D
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Chocoecaramell Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018  Student Digital Artist
practice i guess lol
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Hidadee Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018   General Artist
IT'S SO SMOOTH WTH
So, did you just have to visualize what the final frames would be since you couldn't draw them until the 30th?  This is an amazing inktober, definitely my favourite!
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
DADHkjdadasdsa
Yeaaaa, I just have it kinda planned in my head at what I want but I pretty much animate it with using the straight ahead method. It was a lot of improv tbh hahaha and thank you so much!
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axlgx Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
Smooth af
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
*finger guns*
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axlgx Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018
*Headshot, ded*

Gotta say tho, a well spent Spooktober.
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Whew a spooky ghost broccoli
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axlgx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
Eat your greeeens! Oooooooo!

...Don't step on the broccoli on the ground
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
... What happens if I step on it
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axlgx Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018
EVERYONE DIES
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
HOW DOES THAT WORK
THE CURSE OF THE BROCOLLI???? 
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hah, now that is a pretty awesome way to do Inktober. :D
...It would look better just a little bit bigger though. ^^
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Chirpy-chi Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately I drew it in a small corner of my notebook, I actually had to edit it to make the page smooth already ;u; So making it bigger anymore will make it quite pixellated
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adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
Ooo. I hear ya. ^^'
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