Style Tests and Upcoming Animation Tests

 Hello Everyone! Tracy here. Today's post is an update on my and Yesenia's progress with our concept work and our upcoming animation test!

 That's right. We're making more animated tests! Last year, before Yesenia and I changed our original concept, I created the first mock animations, our "Veil and Gem blinking animations". I'm super excited to see our characters come to life again.

The plan is to create a short, gif-like piece of each main character as I complete the concept work for them. The reason: we want to familiarize ourselves with our work-flow process and to give me some fun, leisure animation to work with. I hope they'll be something for everyone to enjoy, and I'm thinking I will put together a tutorial of my animation process after I have a few Taffetas examples to work with.

It will take me a while to complete, but for now, you can view the rough animatic for Gemini's test on tumblr! It's going to be so cute!

As for our progress with concept art, I'm still working on Veil's drawings, and in the meantime, Yesenia is vectoring the Gemini artwork I completed last update.

Both of us are working to find the final look of our proposed show. Yesenia recently created style tests from my Gemini expression sheet. When we find the style we like best, we can then create final illustrations and assets for our animation tests.

Gemini style tests by co-creator Yesenia Carrero

 So far, I'm liking the test with a few more lines into the final coloring of the work (the middle test by Yesenia) but staying away from over-rending the piece with vector shapes, as in the left test, which is how we've rendered our style in the past.

Animation Effects/Lighting test by me

The lighting effects were always what Yesenia and I wanted for Taffetas, and it's something I can do in Flash or After Effects, so I don't expect to cut that. Yesenia also wants to experiment with the introduction of gradients into the work, which I'm anxious to see too!

I can't wait to share more of our work with you all. 
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