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Crystal-Sunshine Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@00:25=) amazing
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Aneirin-Aryon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
@00:36Cool! ^_^ I like it. ^_^

Your fox makes amazing expressions. I really like it. :D

Good work! ^_^ Good to see other sumi-e artists. :D
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Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
@00:27Thank you :love: !!

Okami was one of my inspirations! :D (Mostly Japanese Sumi painting in general but yea Okami stems form that). And I also LOVE little critters especially kitsune (multi-tail foxes!).

I animated the keys by hand (pencil / paper / lightbox) then did all the inking and inbetweening on the computer using a tablet and a Cintiq in Photoshop CS3 extended using the new videolayers.

I chose to ink it in CS3 as opposed to inking in something better set up for animation like Flash because I wanted a hand-inked look. I developed a simple brush (after lots of trial and error) that imitated the look of dry-wet ink. I also made other brushes for things like the paint, Sumi's tails, etc. Then I found a matching good paper texture.

Videolayers is in it's beta stage so it was HARD to work with for complicated 2D animation. :ohnoes: It's not really set up for stuff like this. I also had to work at larger than 720 x 480 for the proper resolution for the inky brush, scaling it down to TV size upon export. For long, complicated scenes the files got VERY LARGE. With how video layers works some files took (NO JOKE) over 10 minutes to SAVE or OPEN even on my and the school's powerful computers. The scratch-disc temp files photoshop was creating while I worked on some of the longer (like 7-10 second) scenes could balloon to over 30 gigs. GIGS.

I think I can say I used videolayers more extensivly for inking/cleaning/coloring up a 2D senior project clean-up than any of my peers. It literally had just come out around the time. I knew more about using it at the time than my TEACHERS (since I was using it so much) it was so new.

So yea it was a lot of work. X3 And I still wanna color it someday.... :aww: !
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Stellaly Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this video! it´s so cute and i love your style. i put it on facebook, i hope this is ok for you. i was so happy if i was that talented. :) really ^^ and thank you for that advices!
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atlantisdesetoiles Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
@00:21sooo cute, want to see the film !!!!!
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Grim-Ace Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
@00:12Wow thats awesome
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:meow: :heart: FULL film avaiable to watch on my website!! :D [link] Click on the 'Animation' tab on the left it is in there. :heart: :meow:

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Turn up the volume! The music is a bit soft. And watch in yummy high quality if your internet connection is fast!)

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A lil teaser for my senior film Sumi. :)

Because I wanted to show you all what a big chunk of my life has belonged to for the past 6 months. :ohnoes:

The final film is nearly 2 full minutes of traditional 2D animation. Entirely colored and penned in Photoshop CS3 using video layers with brushes I developed for the ink look of the characters. (All except the splatter brushes, they are from fellow DA members brush sets).

I plan to eventually color them in...but they look done as lineart so I'll leave it as that for now as 'release one' ... :XD: I so don't even have time to add shadows to them for the senior show, heck at color right now. XD O___o

And YES I do have permission to use that music.

The music is part of the original score of the film, composed and preformed by my friend Daniel, with second guitar by my friend Kyle. :)


(I'd put them in the DA credits but they are not on DA)

ALL CHARACTERS AND ANIMATION ; Nyssa Benthin
Do not alter, upload, or use without permission
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:iconwezenbeesje:
wezenbeesje Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
I can't watch the full animation yet (quicktime urgh), but it does already looks very interesting. :)
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Crystal-Sunshine Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@00:25=) amazing
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juandapo Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Really awesome video. i love so much
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Aneirin-Aryon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
@00:36Cool! ^_^ I like it. ^_^

Your fox makes amazing expressions. I really like it. :D

Good work! ^_^ Good to see other sumi-e artists. :D
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ryanlache Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
@00:36This is absolutely incredible - when is (or did) this coming(/come) out???
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:iconlithe-fider:
Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
@00:36It was shown at SCAD's senior show and SCADAnimate! film fest. It's available to see at [link] currently! I will post it here once I re-size it for DA. :)
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ryanlache Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
@00:27I //LOVE// sumi-e (or *sumi?) style art, an appreciation I garnered from Okami. Hence, my love for foxes and wolves and canines in general in sumi-e form. You are an amazing artist. How did you do this? What program?
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Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
@00:27Thank you :love: !!

Okami was one of my inspirations! :D (Mostly Japanese Sumi painting in general but yea Okami stems form that). And I also LOVE little critters especially kitsune (multi-tail foxes!).

I animated the keys by hand (pencil / paper / lightbox) then did all the inking and inbetweening on the computer using a tablet and a Cintiq in Photoshop CS3 extended using the new videolayers.

I chose to ink it in CS3 as opposed to inking in something better set up for animation like Flash because I wanted a hand-inked look. I developed a simple brush (after lots of trial and error) that imitated the look of dry-wet ink. I also made other brushes for things like the paint, Sumi's tails, etc. Then I found a matching good paper texture.

Videolayers is in it's beta stage so it was HARD to work with for complicated 2D animation. :ohnoes: It's not really set up for stuff like this. I also had to work at larger than 720 x 480 for the proper resolution for the inky brush, scaling it down to TV size upon export. For long, complicated scenes the files got VERY LARGE. With how video layers works some files took (NO JOKE) over 10 minutes to SAVE or OPEN even on my and the school's powerful computers. The scratch-disc temp files photoshop was creating while I worked on some of the longer (like 7-10 second) scenes could balloon to over 30 gigs. GIGS.

I think I can say I used videolayers more extensivly for inking/cleaning/coloring up a 2D senior project clean-up than any of my peers. It literally had just come out around the time. I knew more about using it at the time than my TEACHERS (since I was using it so much) it was so new.

So yea it was a lot of work. X3 And I still wanna color it someday.... :aww: !
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Boom-Zing Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
@00:36Oh! That is great, I love it. I want to see the whole thing!!
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PrincessPeachRocks Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
@00:36aww i liked the fox with the the nine legs! it was so cute! Great animation =D
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:iconstellaly:
Stellaly Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
@00:35oh! what a nice video :)
summer 2008 is over, where´s the sequel? :(
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:iconlithe-fider:
Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol more so where is the full movie, this is a teaser! I posted the full film on aniboom here: [link] so check it out! :)

After the competition is over there I'll post it here! :3
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:iconstellaly:
Stellaly Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah ok ^^, if you want to you could send me a message when you´ll post it here :D

besides are you an professionel filmmaker or sth. like that? i know so. who want to become filmmaker XD
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Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well, I be as professional as possible but I did this as my senior student film in college. I just graduated so I hope to BE in the profession in the next few years! X33 Thank you! I am complimented that you thought my work looked professional like that! :love:

As for advice, go to a good film/art school, learn everything (there is a LOT) work hard and be creative. The film/art world is very bulldog and harsh to get a break in but if you are lucky (know some people), talented, dedicated, and have good communication skills you will get somewhere eventually. :p
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Stellaly Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i love this video! it´s so cute and i love your style. i put it on facebook, i hope this is ok for you. i was so happy if i was that talented. :) really ^^ and thank you for that advices!
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JohnSu Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
@00:36Wow, that looks pretty cool! Keep it up!
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Saetje Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Hey man, I just go back from the sCAD ANIMATE festival, and they screened your Sumi film! It was great, simple and sweet, with smart and varying character designs and fresh, unique style. I just wanted to tell you great job, yours was definitely in my top 3 favorites from the SCAD ANIMATE night.
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Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh wow thank you!! :heart: When I heard it was going to be screened again I was so happy! I sadly couldn't be there (I am back home in NJ... :XD: ). Did the crowd like it? Anyone else you know say anything specific about Sumi? ^__^

I am honored to be in your top 3 picks, that is so cool that Sumi was so memorable! It was fun drawing them as they are very much my style, but animating/inking four characters no matter how simplified is a lot of work. :XD: I only had help with the music - so I give major props to my hard-working musicians - Daniel and Kyle! :D
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Saetje Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Well, everyone I went with seemed to enjoy it quite a bit! Haha, someone even commented how it was obvious all of the filmmakers at the fest were art majors, because there was a common theme in a lot of the animations about being left out/being made fun of/trying to fit in. XDD

Hey, you wouldn't have to have the full version of this uploaded anywhere, would you? I have to write a 250-word critique on a short animated film from SCAD for class, and I was hoping just to do yours. :)
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Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
So you know Sumi is up in full at Aniboom: [link] :)
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axevok87 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
@00:36aww i love anime .. but when coming movie ??
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Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
@00:36It still needs some tweaking X33 But it is technically 'done'. ^^ I hate to leave people being teased with the teaser. X3
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Akuhara Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008
@00:36sweet :D its so cute!!! i love it!!!
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bbclanph Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
@00:35cool, nicely done.
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CrystalLovesFox Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
@00:36cool ^.^
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SilverWolf316 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@00:36That is soooo cute!
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artofjared Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Wow I love the Line work. The us of color is pretty amazing also. I can't wait to see more.
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Pinkstar14 Featured By Owner May 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@00:36HOW CUITE!


:thumb85488027:[link]

ICECREEM!
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tails-sama Featured By Owner May 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@00:36I look forward to the movie muchly. X3

This was an adorable treat, even as a teaser.
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RayAburame Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
@00:27this scene is really beautiful *_*
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alphawolfnami Featured By Owner May 17, 2008
@00:36O wow..
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GriffSGirl Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
@00:36I want to watch the whole thing X3
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atlantisdesetoiles Featured By Owner May 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
@00:21sooo cute, want to see the film !!!!!
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Silent-Mime Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Student General Artist
@00:36how cute!
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Nightmare-Lust Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
its so cute! i love the alligator <3
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Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe Wani seems to have a lot of admirers. :D (Wani is the Alligator. LOL they all have names you like never hear...Bo is the dog, and Nibi is the cat.)
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Nightmare-Lust Featured By Owner May 22, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
they're adorable <3
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amorphious Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
@00:36Yeay!! I lovers it soo much!!
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Ninja-Girl347 Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
@00:37lol wow that's so cute! i can't wait to see the whole thing!
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feawen Featured By Owner May 13, 2008  Professional Filmographer
@00:36Wow that's great! Can't wait to see the whole thing :)
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toboeslovingwolf Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
@00:36OHMAIGAWD NYSSAAAAA!

I <3 joo! This looks amazing! I just keep watching it over and over and over again! I can't wait to see the whole thing, y'know!!?

=w= you never cease to amaze me.
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kichigai-shingetsu Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
@00:36awwww I really like Sumi, she's got this expressive little grin =w=!!

will you be posting the entire video online eventually? O_O I really wanna see the cuteness T__T!!
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Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
@00:36Thanks! Hehe yea Sumi is very bouncy and curious. She's got the mindset of a young girl, like 6 years oldish.

I will post the full film after it has it's premiere at a film festival....my advisor's tell me not to 'waste' it's premiere by posting it online (as it counts as a public showing). :ohnoes: Or something like that...
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kichigai-shingetsu Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
@00:36Sounds fair enough >w>! As long as we far away folks get to see it at all, I'm pleased. =w=
xDDD I mean, they're your advisors for a reason, I'd assume, hahahaha.
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BleedingVampier7 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
@00:36YAY!!! looks great hunn!!! you rock!!!
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KuroiMezzy Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
@00:36it's great! :D a very nice trailer!! ^^ and the music goes very nicely too! :D
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aislynn05 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
@00:36Haha, I could totally tell that was Kyle playing the second guitar. ^_^ I think I remember you filming that end part with the brush stroke... Or at least getting ready to because I remember your supplies sitting in the stopmo room. Can't wait to see it! ^_^
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Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
@00:36I guess he's pretty distinctive ;) I got him together with Daniel to jazz up the end, and they totally ended up colab-ing and coming up with something real nice for the finale (what you hear here in the trailer). I was so pleased, I was worried it may not work out but it was a good idea on my part.

The rest of the score is Daniel with synth koto.

PS: Be sure to ask Kyle about the "Nothing but Lies" song :giggle:
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aislynn05 Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
@00:36Haha, I know he wrote one using me as inspiration (I think it was that whole *coughzachcough* situation), but I don't remember what the title of it was, lol. ^_^ Although, that one might be the "stop bullshitting us" song, lol

Ya know, in retrospect, what pisses me off about that whole situation was the fact he gets just about everything he wants without even really trying. Either he has ungodly good luck (which seems contradictory, to me), or he's settling for second best, lol. Whatever, over and done with. ^_^

Now for precious, precious sleep...
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Grim-Ace Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
@00:12Wow thats awesome
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