I know there are a tonne of "masks" out there, but this was the first one that came to my mind. I know, I know, it's obvious. Maybe too obvious. But that doesn't dicount the fact that I had a good time working on it. I took my reference directly from the "Smokin'!" scene from the movie. I didn't want to get too carried away, but I wanted it to animate smoothly. I love doing small sprites and detail work, but I haven't given myself the chance lately because I've been wanting to work on bigger pieces. This was a good practice for sure.
Studying the frames of the movie as I went back and forth between the tv and the computer was a great incentive to keep using reference material when I can. Everyone loves to be original but, don't forget, everything you create takes it's inspiration or design from something grounded in our reality. Don't be afraid to use real life for your extrordinary fantasy worlds.
I also love animation so I knew, if I was going to get Stanley Ipkiss in all his Loki-ful, cartoonish glory, he needed to move. I wanted to do a full-on transformation, but 'ain't nobody got time for that'. The movie was paused at random frames so it may look a little skippy. That could also be because of the adjustment in milliseconds I concocted. I would rather have kept each frame as a single millisecond base all the way through the animation, but without the adjusting it looked goofier than it might now. Hopefully your browser will keep up with how the .gif was created.
Lastly, I dedicate this one to Skeddles. He called us all out for being unoriginal before we even got started. I hope you like it anyway, bon ami. :P x)
That's pretty much it! I hope you like it. Keep up the great work, guys and gals! Thanks for stopping by. :)