Fantastic Work Anya!The connection between the stripes merging into the fire is great and totally solves the "making him look like he's made of fire and not ON fire." problem. I really like the concept art of him posted below & some of the things I’d try & take from that into a final design would be:• That central dark stripe that goes from his mouth & nose all the way down his back to his tale, because that’s your line of action/central gesture/construction line. • The way you’ve extending that lighter stomach colour to around his muzzle/maw from the nose down, along with that more prominent chin.• Also, those dark simple diamond/almond shaped eyes with just one tone & one small highlight will be far more effective & economical for animation over doing more traditional cats eye slits on around eyes, and will contrast Acid Panthers big round simple green glowing eyes nicely.For Acid Panther:• Play up those planes of the head more, like in your 26th of June post in that early construction/model sheet, those look fantastic. • Flat colour is the bane of 2D animation. Perhaps rather than doing full frame by frame for everything you could create a comprehensive symbol / library of head positions from all the different angels, and use a more “nested” and layered approach to animating these characters (in toonboom?), so you can conserve some visual detail in necessary places.• Also, please have a shot of Acid Panther in the dark at some point, with just those glowing green eyes & evil grinning & dripping mouth (sort of Cheshire Cat in the moonlight). Fire tiger too, with those stripes lighting up one by one along the length of his bodyTalk to tutors/lecturers like James Lee or Paul Lalo who have a good handle on the nested aimation process & making it look natural & fluid instead of just cheap.That’s all I can think of to suggest. Your Stuff is Stellar! Good luck & start animating!
Is this green Matt?Either way, all these comments are ridiculously helpful. Really something to think about. I really appreciate your comments.There will so totally undoubtedly be a shot of Acid in the dark. Not seconds ago I was storyboarding such a scene.As for nesting/symbols, I don't really understand all that, and I think with the animation it would be best for frame-by-frame. (Really watery... I don't know how to describe it.)Why is flat colour the bane of 2D animation?