This is my entry for the Emoticon Opus 2012 contest. [link]
The theme is how the world will end in 2012. Well, people think there will be an earthquake or some other natural disaster. They’re wrong. The vampires are going to finally rise and take over! Well, at least that is what they think. The vampire hunters may have a thing or two to say about that before then.
This is also a joint entry for the October EMTC hosted by ^SparklyDest
. Before working on the piece, I realized it would also fit that theme. I asked for permission from ^SparklyDest
to submit it to her contest, too. She said yes.
Oh...Em...Gee... What a technical nightmare this piece was! I honestly cannot tell you how many layers I used on this because I lost count. Getting each element down and then combining them was a huge learning experience for me. Of course, right near the end, I realized I screwed several mid-animation frames and took me hours to fix. Then the fade at the end would not convert to .gif. We spent a terrible amount of time re-working it so it would convert correctly. Thank goodness for my art partner--I couldn't have done it without Jim! I will admit, I did want to do a few extra things with the piece, but I had no time. So, I'm submitting this with a few MINUTES to spare.
As for the piece.... Now, don’t ask me why those emotes are sitting in that street/alley, gleefully unaware that something may happen. I dunno, maybe they are tempting fate on January 1, 2012! But, the vampires don't care. This is their night and it's gonna be a bloodbath.
This piece took me a solid week to do. Thing is, I had such a clear image of how I wanted this piece to look. When I realized it would be mammoth to pull-off, I tried to cut it down, but I couldn’t bring myself to. I probably could write a ton more about this, but I’m planning on putting up some extensive WIP pics in my Scraps this weekend, so I’ll comment on the technical stuff then. WIP is in my scraps here ---> [link]
One last mention and credit: The blood at the end was the work of `Ravenswd
. I had started to do the effect manually and realized there was no way I could do it and still make the contest deadline. Using my pallette and going off mock-ups of what I wanted it to look like, Jim used his Gif Monkey program to generate the blood flowing down the page (TONS of maths involved). It’s amazing work and I owe him immensely for it.
*** Free use for non-commercial use. I'll add the other copyright stuff later. ***