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5-second Moving Illustration Loop



WOW!
Hard to believe one of my first deviations was honored with a Daily Deviation. :heart:


An unplanned sketch that turned into a 15-hour journey through Photoshop, After Effects, and Flash.

Frankly, I started this just to test out Richard Rosenman's Depth of Field Generator Plug-in for Photoshop, but ended up with a moving illustration. :)

I'm still a noob at background rendering, so I opted for flat colors. The girl is riding a hippo, by the way.

How much movement can you detect?



How it was made...





Made in Photoshop CS4 Extended
This Work is 100% Digital



BREAKDOWN

1) 1 hour sketch

2) 11-hours fiddling around with color and background [testing a new color technique]

3) 4-hours playing in After Effects

4) 20 minutes compressing things in Flash

Completed in four sittings

Time outside of this went to CPU effects rendering.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2010-11-05
Girl of the Grasses by *thatLD. The suggestor said: "I know that it's not much on terms of animation. But! That's because the movement is subtle and peaceful. I can almost hear a flute playing in the background. And the more or less frozen girl upon her rock (hippo?) with that slightly disbelieving, but still listening, look gracing her face has been created beautifully. Not to forget the rippling refections in the water." Myself, I believe that this teaches you to look beyond what you see, and really look into a picture before you begin to judge. Every time I went back to look at it, I noticed something else that was subtely animated, and I felt more and more engaged with the image the more I looked at it. ( Suggested by Amberrant and Featured by Gashu-Monsata )
:iconkohatsukoi:
Kohatsukoi Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Background Grass moving
All water moving
Foreground Grass moving.
All in all, Amazing work. Keep it up =3
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!

There's some motion on the hair, too; it's subtle but there. :nod:

I learned quite a bit when I made this and am definitely motivated to make more.
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:iconkohatsukoi:
Kohatsukoi Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
don't forget the Reflections in the water.
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:icontrinnygirl1:
trinnygirl1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely! simply lovely!
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:iconpanago76:
PanaGo76 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this is amazing...Excellent work.
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:iconayaka859:
ayaka859 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing animation :)
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:iconruamsa144:
ruamsa144 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Best. Art. EVER!
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:iconlordfreeza:
LordFreeza Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The grass and hair but man this is awesome!!
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:iconpetitebubu:
PetiteBubu Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey, it's very beautiful! ^^
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:iconamberrant:
Amberrant Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, I still love this :love:
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:iconwhazizname:
Whazizname Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   General Artist
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:


:)
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:iconbowplz:

:XD:
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:iconnebelstern:
Nebelstern Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010   Digital Artist
ohh o.o funny that especially this one got a DD.. i think there are much better and cooler animations in your DA gallery.
anyway, congrats. =)
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. :aww: There's no real way to control what gets DD'd and what doesn't, so it's an honor for anything in my gallery to be given one. :nod:
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:iconcosmicsilver:
CosmicSilver Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I thought I was losing my mind for a minute. LOL. I had to sit here and stare at the grass. This is so elegant! The slight movement in her hair is my favorite part. It reminds me of when I was transitioning, and I had my hair up like that. My little afro would sway a little in the right wind.
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:iconbustahwolf23:
BustahWolf23 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
wow...never seen anything like this before.love it :D
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Glad I had the chance to show you something new. :XD:
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:iconbustahwolf23:
BustahWolf23 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
yes me see's the light now.O.O and it is bright! O.O i love new things,awesome is awesome. :D
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:iconraakone:
Raakone Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
this is very beautiful. Love the background and foreground, and her dress.
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:iconmidnightmagnificent:
MidNightMagnificent Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Movements detected:
-Weeds in foreground,
-Grass in background,
-River currents...

Uh, did I miss out any? (Sorry.)
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Good eye. Her hair and bow catch a bit of wind, too. :XD:

The only other little thing is a glow in the upper left corner that fades in and out. That's a bit too subtle to catch without having prior knowledge, though. :D

Thanks for taking the time to really look at it. :aww:
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:iconfryn:
Fryn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
I thought I was going crazy for a moment. Beautifully subtle though.
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad the subtlety worked out, in this case. :nod:
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:iconsaramanalou:
saramanalou Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
For a minute there, I was like "why is everyone talking about animati-- OH GOD THE GRASS IS MOVING."

Fail on my part.

Lovely work, btw.
I love her hair. <3
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:iconatomicfireball:
AtomicFireball Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I can't decide if her face is cuter, or her toes.

Nah, definitely her face. The eyebrows clinched it :)
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Ha haa, cute brows win on this day. :D
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:iconneustrasbourg:
NeuStrasbourg Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Very strange proportions, very strange atmosphere. Yet extremely captivating, very unique? A genuine piece of art.
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. I'm glad you found this piece uniquely charming. :aww:
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:iconsmashingfuss:
SmashingFuss Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010   Interface Designer
15 hours? I admire your patience :)
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you. :aww: Patience is one of the essential tools of animation; a willingness to fix mistakes is the another. :XD:
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:icongreengoby:
GreenGoby Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
I really enjoyed this piece. Very nice setting, composition, and subdued animation make this a sure winner
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :aww:
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:iconnebride7:
Nebride7 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Really wonderful!
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :iconrelaxeddanceplz:
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:icona-young-soul:
A-young-soul Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Love your drawing, she very pretty :)
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you. I'm glad you found her pretty. :aww:
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:iconvoodoodollmaster:
VooDooDollMaster Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant! <3 This is a wonderful piece of work.
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! It was certainly a fun one to work on. :nod:
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:icontalliesynn:
talliesynn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Very nice! :heart: I love the little movements.
But can I ask, as the suggester pointed out- is it a hippo or a rock? :confused:
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :aww:

It's a hippo. :D
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:icontalliesynn:
talliesynn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Ah :D I thought so :XD:
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:iconsharprm:
sharprm Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
thumb is on the wrong side ...
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It's just the way her arm is bent. :nod:

Thanks for taking the time to point that out. :aww:
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:iconlilzahchoo:
Lilzahchoo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
nuh uh. her arm is twisted and her hand is bent backwards
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:iconsharprm:
sharprm Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Okay I can see what I thought was the thumb could be the fingers. So you were still 'right'.
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:iconsharprm:
sharprm Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Except we should see the tips of her fingers if it was twisted like that.

Your other stuff is much better than this imo. Guess it got DD for the concept.
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:iconmeowcloudofana:
MeowCloudofAna Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not judged on concept or good-looks alone.
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:iconfairymenka:
fairymenka Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great work,i like it
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:iconthatld:
thatLD Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I'm glad that you do. :aww:
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:iconflufftheartist:
FlufftheArtist Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Gorgeous! Well done!
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