Reupload with minor changes, including the lengthening of hold frames, blinking, reworked music and title screen/credits.
A pair project done for the Animation Seminar module. We only managed to finish animating the lineart by the deadline, which is what we handed in as well, but I decided to finish coloring the damn thing anyway. I ended up burning my December holidays for this (I did take lots of breaks, so yeah) but I think it was totally worth it.
I created the character (duh!), drew the reference sheets, the storyboards, animatic, all the keyframes and some of the inbetweens, inked everything (ouch) and colored everything (OUCH). I also tried my hand at composing my own music, which was done on GarageBand. "Akaru's Theme" - if you remember from some of my earlier pics, Akaru plays the flute, which forms the main melody of the entire song. (Note to self: Write down the chord progressions before attempting to form harmonies
Major props to Desmond, my teammate, who had to draw most of the inbetweens (and had to learn how to draw Akaru properly in about a month) and did the minor animations such as the firefly and the wing. Which is, like, the crappy part of being an animator
Technical stuff: This was animated at 8 frames per second, considerably slower than normal. To make up for this, there are technically no hold frames; instead a cycle of 3 frames is repeated to continue the motion. Total number of unique frames = 340.
I hope you enjoy/enjoyed watching this.