YAY! Derpy Windy Mane Animated Comic!
This was something I wanted to do since I started doing comics. I wasn't offended by the "Last Roundup Derpy", but I like this "Fandom Derpy" more: Derpy as a caring, loving mother.
And, as I thought in my previous comic
, the "Windy Mane", or more specifically, the "There is Wind in Equestria" theme, can be used for so many things, that I couldn't resist to do another one.
The main idea was "It's always so much wind there in Canterlot?", then I though "Aren't Pegasi responsible of the climate?", "How can a pegasus control it?"... and so, until eventually I found myself thinking of TLOZ:The Wind Waker.
Now that you have seen the end of the comic, I can write about it freely. I though "How can I make somepony to take advantage of the wind?", and then I knew I should Put The King of Red Lions there. The art style was both "special" and "difficult to do (for me)", so I decided to confine it to a "last panel Picture", and this way I would not need to animate it (A windy mane and a motionless sailing boat just don't look right). Besides, since the amount of vectors I would have to recolor if I wanted to give the whole comic a "Wind Waker" style was too high, this was a good excuse.
Then I did need to have a camera. Featherweight's camera, specifically, since it looked less fancy that Rarity's camera. I considered to use the Wind Waker's "PictoBox", but it would have given the ending too early.
There is not need to say that the King of Red Lions has been replaced with "Crackle: the King of Red Dragons".Until I found a better fitting name
This was something tricky, since it needed a small change of perspective (like seeing it sightly from below).
Again, since the last panel could spoil the punchline, I simply didn't show it in the thumbnail. Using a GIF had to have some benefits, don't you think?
This time I did all the vectors, with the only exception being:
●"Rainbow Dash Happy" by ~krazy3, I used it as a base for a front-looking Derpy, but I ended re-doing all of it except the front legs and the (extended) wings.
The mane and tail animation is based on Rainbow Dash from The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000 scene when she is flying with Fluttershy. The animation of the upper mane when Derpy is taking the photo was done from scratch, so it might look "unprofessional".
Again, the comic was indexed (because, as a GIF, it had to be) but not Dithered; and you can notice banding in the background towers, again. And it was real Optimized: Now it's just 374 KB!
Anyway, the rest of the vectors I created for this comic area lot, but the ones I think could be useful enough to consider submitting them are:
●"Derpy the Wind Waker"
●"Derpy Hooves Photographer"
●"Happy Dinky Hooves"
●"Windy Canterlot Background" (Created for my previous comic, but this one is supposed to happen in the same place.
●The last Panel Photo as an independent Deviation: "Dinky Doo and the Crakle of the Red Dragons"
The GIF should play well in most browsers, but if it doesn't, tell me, please.
Vectors created in Inkscape and animation in GIMP.
Again, feel free to correct my grammar, syntax, etc.
-----------------Featured in Equestria Daily, July 30th, 2012