I can’t help myself. I really can’t. Every time I think I’m done, I pull myself back in with another animation project. I already have a 3-minute short that needs finishing, why do I torture myself with these tests?

Answer: Because I delude myself into thinking this time I’ll surely be able to do it in record time with no problems whatsoever!! No such luck. I should know better by now- anything worth doing right takes time.

Anyways, here’s a test I did. It’s Little Wolf doing a smoke dance (with some creative license and exaggeration. I’m an animator, we dig exaggeration). I took my 3D rig of him and tried out some Toon-Shading to see if it could be done effectively to my liking. It was a success, but it still took lots of time to finalize and complete. This is in part because I’ve never animated fire before. It also took time to clean up errors like the loin cloth poking through his legs, and erasing the unibrow that the toon render loves giving him. Cool stuff, but I’m glad that it’s done.

Now, on with the comics!!

PS- Watch this baby with 1080 resolution. It looks SOOOO much better that way!