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Derpy Hovering Test by C-quel Derpy Hovering Test by C-quel
Confound these Minecraft ponies, they drive me to architectural addiction! >.<

I kinda half-suspected that game would lure me away from Derpy for a while... but I finally broke free and worked on her with my full attention. ^___^

*puts down pony skinning guide*

In any event, Derpy is my third favorite non-Mane6 pony, and everyone's favorite easter egg in Season 2. ^__^

Here she's demonstrating your usual run-of-the-mill pegasus hovering, and while the initial wing animation was done literally frame-by-frame (probably unnecessarily-so, but I'm rusty... ^^; ), her second wing is pretty much a clone of the first one + an inversion warp + a reposition + a dark overlay for the darker shade. Very big time savings there once the work is all done. ^^

Definitely some room for improvement, though... the animation is only 26fps due to the peculiar way I did the wings using a single vector. Broken out between 3 or 4 different vectors, I can probably achieve a smoother look as well as the flexibility to export at higher frame rates without weird tween deformations. :)

But for now... enjoy this "derped" graphic. ^.^

Synfig Source: [link]

Synfig Studio: [link]

MLP:FiM @ Hasbro

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Maggie-X-Awesomeness Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is perfect
C-quel Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aww thank you. ^^

A bit old, though. -v-
Wow, you did all of these animations in Synfig, you truly are a master. I am very impressed.
C-quel Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha, hardly a master, and probably you meant to say "was" one anyway since it'll almost be two years since I last made them.  ;)

Just to clarify, these weren't done frame by frame since the strength of Synfig lies in its amazing tweening abilities.  Besides, I also based the animation closely on the original MLP flying animation, so if anything it's those folks that deserve the praise.  ^^
Haha, I know the beast that is Synfig and anything that is this complex deserves credit, especially when it has turned out so well.
C-quel Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, thank you.  Well we're pretty much in the two-year anniversary of these things... I haven't kept on top of Synfig developments, but I'd hope their team would have improved their UI a bit more since that was the hardest thing to get used to.  ^^
Oh, well if you were hoping for UI improvements then I'd suggest that you don't take a look at it in its current state. I think there has only been one minor release in the last 2 years anyway.
C-quel Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, lol. Well, I guess I stopped doing animations at the right time then. :P
screwthisimaunicorn Jun 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
omg when i drag it to my favorites it looks like derpy is flying to my favorites
C-quel Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awww, glad to hear. This one was quite popular in its day, glad it's still brightening peoples' days. ^__^
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