Xmas 2012 GIF animation process

Below the first idea for my end of the year/Christmas animation.
On the right, working out the running Santa movements, as i went along, which resulted in the revised 4 frames near the bottom.

MerryXmasMakingOf

First draft animation and a bit of cleanup.

MerryXmas00

Next finding a better solution for Santa’s running. Also getting a better feeling for timings.

MerryXmas02

Choosing a background color and tweaking timings again.

MerryXmas04

Next, in a new layer over the roughs I cleanup Santa’s pencils running action. Also I wasn’t happy with the rotation arc of my character, after it is punched, so I overlayed some guiding lines to make it more accurate.

MerryXmas05

Rough coloring and inking before the finished frames.

MerryXmas06

And all the 21 individual frames, ready for GIF glory.

To see the final gif go here.

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