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What will my animation look like... Eventually?

Updated: Jan 2

So my extremely simple one second of animation got me thinking, there is a lot of work I want to do to improve it in the long run. I've been struggling with some of the more complicated poses in the animation so I decided to take a step back and do an illustration - ah my comfort zone!

I took a frame from the animation and turned it into one of my usual drawings. It is far more complex than the animation, but it is the end goal.

I want the world to be full of life, conflicts and character relationships. The animation should reflect, so eventually I want to have the main character in the front of the frame, attacking an enemy, but the background will be lifeless if it is static. The camp should be alive, and in this case fraught with danger and war. I have added fire, gore and other context clues to inform the viewer that the people are at war. The figure in the background should be animated, but I am concerned that they might be a distraction and take emphasis away from the main action.

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