"True Hero"

Okay, here it is: what’s up with the animation project I mentioned earlier! “True Hero”, a sketch-animation based on the game Undertale.

How did we get here? Well, basically someone else did it first. A few weeks ago, Alyssa Gerwig posted an amazing animation (SPOILERS) of the final battle against the character Mettaton. The video is pretty amazing, though it might only work if you’ve played the game.

There’s also a lot of other great Undertale fan-works across the internet. One of the earliest I’ve found is comic artist Mary Cagle. I like a lot of her Undertale art (as well as her comic Let’s Speak English), but after watching Gerwig’s video this one in particular stuck out to me (minor spoilers).

People have asked me how I come up with my music videos, and most of the time my answer is I get a few early stories or images appearing in my head just from listening to the music, and then I feel like it’d be so clever to do the whole thing. (It’s actually not too different from how I make mashups.)

That’s pretty much what happened this time. I saw Cagle’s picture and the caption and realized that…hey, maybe I could do this. I can hear it too.

The full song (“Battle Against a True Hero”, minor spoilers) is 2:37. Like Gerwig, I’m editing in a photo editor (Acorn) rather than in proper animation software because…well, because that’s the style I’m going for, and I’ve lost all my abilities with Flash. At even 1 frame per second, that’d be 157 frames…so I’m trying to reuse as much as I can. It’ll probably come out rather choppy, not to mention very sketchy since (a) I’m not a particularly good artist, and (b) I can’t afford to spend too much time on any particular frame.

But let’s see if I can get there.

EDIT: I didn’t get very far during NaCreSoMo, so I decided to make it a weekly project until the next NaCreSoMo instead. You can track my progress here.

I spent too long writing this up to really want to work more on the animation tonight, so here’s another frame that I’d done before March.

Part of NaCreSoMo 2016.