So I put everything aside to finish this tonight. It's not really "finished," per se, though, because I want to fix a few things.
Anyway, so here's the clip off of which my study is based. It's from "Solid Ivory," also. I really like this cartoon!
And HERE is my study!
I need to go to bed pronto, though. Tomorrow I need to whip up a research paper for art history, so I may not be around much (if I am, sock me, because I need to get that done).
Without going into too much depth:
The original was not very well constructed. But it was spunky and interesting. It has charm and energy. His eyes aren't in perspective in the original, but the asymmetry is charming. To make it more solid, I chose to make his eyelids asymmetrical over his eyes. I liked embellishing on the brow, but I don't know how well that worked. I think I went with the pupils being way too huge (they shift during the original) and they don't wrap very well. I think I may go over each frame and make the eyes work better. I also think that shading them in was a bad, short-sighted idea because it flattens them out.
The tail doesn't react to the movement as much as I think it should.
Most disappointing, though, is that it doesn't have the same vigor that the original does. Hmm. That's something a little less tangible, less easy to articulate and specifically fix.
More technical, base stuff: It is a pain in the ass to split the scan into two. It also results in some weird seizure flashes when it animates. Next time, work smaller, and I will avoid going lower than what the scanner can take. I will also be sure not to end up going so high that my drawings ever touch the area near the peg holes! What an embarrassing beginner's mistake. Fortunately it should be easy to avoid in the future with better planning.
HOWEVER, the peg strip and animation paper made the process seem LOADS more intuitive and I am already addicted to the way it feels! It's so fun and I can't wait to do more!
Any feedback would be completely appreciated!