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This was supposed to be a simple 'parent swap' test. It ended up taking over three months.

I wanted to work out how to change the parent of an object and have it move interdependently of it's parent at different points of the timeline. Like so many other things, it took much longer than I expected. But apart from one major error where I almost lost the whole thing, this animation went smoothly.

The most time-consuming part was animating his hands. I used Inverse Kinematics for most of this animation, but in hindsight it would have been quicker to do most of it in Forward Kinematics. Live and Learn

Edit: is it just me or have they changed the background colour again? Great. Now I need to change the backgrounds of all my past animations. Eventually...
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nekonotaishou Oct 23, 2013  Student Filmographer
Looks great! I really like the subtleties in the face and ears! And the hands move great! I think it would move better with more movement in the shoulders, though.

Really, really love that weight shift when he jumps back :heart::heart:
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Thanks. It felt like I spent most of my time animating his hands. Animating his face is usually much more fun.

I'm really pleased to say that his leap was animated without reference. I kept on going 'No, he needs to jump back further' 'No he doesn't leap high enough' 'No he's crouching too low, his ankles look broken.' It's all good. :)
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ValkyrieaKu Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible! I applaud your skills.
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And welcome to deviantART.
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ValkyrieaKu Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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ValkyrieaKu Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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Animationobsessed Oct 17, 2013  Student General Artist
This is amazing!! 
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Thanks. I'm glad you liked it.
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Animationobsessed Oct 17, 2013  Student General Artist
:hug:
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