OMG! SIG 'N' TESSA!!!!
This is SUCH a good way to introduce your characters and story to those who may not be informed.
It hooks you in and makes you want mooooooooore!
Animation is some good shiz, dude. You've really improved!
Those lines be so smooth, ya can't even tell that you used Flash for this.
Nice head-turns. And I really like how the camera turns in the fight scene near the end!
Your writing has this Iyashi-kei tone to it, that leaves you with feel-good feels.
Your writing style is a huge strength you have that sets you above other animators.
The reason I took off a half star was the line weight is inconsistent at the 1:04 mark when he leaps back in space. The line weight may have technically stayed the same, but in proportion to the figure in the rest of the shots, it looks thicker.
Another reason is the timing/speed on the rolling BG at the 1:07 mark didn't seem in sync with Sig's run cycle. It's off by a hair. That must have been a hard shot, so I have to give ya props for pulling it off! But that's all that really stuck out to me.
All-in-all, great animation, great writing, and I can't wait to see more of Sig 'n' Tessa!
I'll be sure share with ALL the peeps!
I still can't believe you went through with animating that one shot by hand the old traditional way! Must have taken loads of work! Regardless of this being a my little pony parody, I have to applaud you for that amount of effort put towards an animation short and how seamless that shot fits in.
HEY! DIS IS JUST DA SAME TING!
Thanks, bro. It's helpin' me fall asleep. MUCH NEEDED SLEEP. AND TO BE HONEST...LOL...I agree with you Ray, I like the drums as they are, LOUD. Also, I know you love beat-boxing...but it felt so out of place at the end.
What CarnieVorex said and
Pay attention to your color a little more:
Adding a lighter tint (pulled from the sky's blue) to the Altaria in the back will show depth. Adding a little bit of a rim lighting on Xerneas's silhouette from the light source would make him (it?) less like a black blob...
I'd even say replace the black in your image with the darkest shade from your nearest environmental hue. For Xerneas, it'd be that bluish-green in the cliff.
Oh and I must complement you on your lovely and honorable addition of the rare Floating Tree.
Kids these days...they just don't know how to appreciate such a marvelous works of nature
NIce color scheme, bruv.
I can give a proper critique if you would like. :)
Missing some shading in some areas i.e. Rarity's and derpy's hind leg. But those are minimal mistakes.
I agree with dublinp on the "overall too bright" point, but I think he described it wrong.
Maybe if the gamma of the background was adjusted it would highlight the ponies (and Spike ;p) much more. So allow me to present a critique. Some of this is of personal preference but I'm sure there is much to learn here...maybe you already know some or most of this and were a little lazy with the pic by the end of it, but here are a few tips on how to make an image REALLY POP and I feel it's still informative to the community...so here I go. Reference/visual tutorial: http://i.imgur.com/R2ZEE2Q.jpg
I'd say make a curves adjustment layer over the background (I'm explaining this as if it were Photoshop) and output of 100 and an input of 150 for your blacks and take the whites down to about 225.
I fiddled with the image a bit myself and I found even adding 2 layers of lens flares; lower one (on black background of course) being of higher brightness with a 50% overlay and the upper layer being a less brighter, more focused flared with a screen at 100% right behind Spike, just peaking over the mountains.
I had to mask the ponies (roughly) when trying to add these color correction effects to the background which gave me an idea of even adding some layer effects to the ponies them selves.
Such as a brown (grabbed from the mountain) inner shadow on multiply and VERY slight outer shadow same color settings with your light source coming from the lens flare behind Spike. I input bout 110 degrees.
To add more depth I even went in and added an inner bevel to the masked pony layer with an interesting gloss contour of white input of 70% and output of 90% and a mid with input around 60 and output of 50; also found that oddly 39 degree altitude did something much different than 40 degrees when I had the light source coming from 110 degrees.
Overall giving off a cool silhouetted sunrise effect to the ponies and highlighting the coolest character EVER! (Spike ;p) Really made it POP and decreased this WAY TOO BRIGHT problem.
So there you have it folks. xp
Finished image: http://i.imgur.com/jUGZiSD.jpg
Easy post production things to do to really make your image shi-i-i-iiiiiiiiine.
Besides this small tutorial I really like how you stylized their faces. Really cute.
Really captured their personalities well, too.
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