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Tetsuko vs the Walls 011 - Pencil Test 1 by DavidCMatthews Tetsuko vs the Walls 011 - Pencil Test 1 by DavidCMatthews
So as I mentioned in Adventures in Animation, I've rediscovered my animating ambitions, and decided to go ahead with a project that's been percolating for awhile.

Once again, Aleesha Young is the basic inspiration; specifically these photos which, as the post underneath them states, "make me want to imagine Aleesha Young as a superheroine, lured into a trap where the walls start closing in on her. At first, her superhuman arms easily push the walls back; but the villain orders the power increased, and the walls start closing in again, and she starts to struggle to keep them back…" The last sentence even says "Damn, I may have to make an animation of that!"

So I did... at least, I did storyboards of such a sequence, featuring an anonymous hooded villain menacing Aleesha. But before long, I realized that the uses I could put that animation to would be limited, especially if Ms. Young wouldn't give permission for her likeness to be used in such a way. BUT... if I exchanged Aleesha for one of my heroines, I could do anything I wanted with the footage!

And who better to foist the "squeeze trap" peril on than Tetsuko? So I went through the storyboards, changed all the references to Aleesha to Tetsuko, edited the drawings so the heroine is Tetsuko, and swapped out the anonymous hooded fiend for my newest creation (at the time), the evil, 
blackhearted Harrison Klebold.

So here's a pencil test of Scene 11 (out of 57), showing Tetsuko just after she's gotten over the initial jolt of fear she felt when she saw the walls moving in toward her. She puts her arms up preparing to brace them against the walls... and, well, you see what happens. The sequence ends just before she starts speaking: "That all you got, creep?!"

And once I get this posted, I'll put up some of the storyboards I drew for the scene. (But not the ones which give away the ending, heh heh heh...)

Update: I've uploaded the storyboards to my sta.sh; you can see them from this page.

And I was a little disappointed at the small size this GIF exported at; so I also exported a video (mp4 format) at a larger size. (Still not the size I'm doing it at, 1920 x 1080... that's right, 1080p HD, baby!)
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poohbear058 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2017
Wow!
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libguy2 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
Excellent animation, David.
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dinaminzer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
:w00t: :woohoo: :+favlove:   :thanks:    :nod:
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HedgehogGuy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017
You should make the adventures of Tetsuko Breckenridge and company into an animated series.
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DavidCMatthews Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I would if I could! (Money and time - as in not enough of either - are the obstacles.)
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Krysnha Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2017
the storie looks awesome, and amaizingwork, please, do it, please, really wantsto see it
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too22202 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017
Awesome work! This reminds me of your old "Death Trap" pic with a similar premise from, geez, 9 years ago?! Where does the time go?!

Anyway, animated strength feats are certainly excellent to see! Those walls obviously aren't any mach for her strength, though looking at the storyboards that's clearly the point at this stage of the proceedings! :D

I love the timing on her breathing before opening her eyes at the end there, as well as having her look down and grit her teeth as she's about to push the walls back. Little details like that definitely add a lot, especially to animations!

Cutting off the ending in the storyboards was a great tease, though as dire as things seemed to be getting, something tells me Tetsuko's going to prove to be even stronger than Klebold had imagined (though sadly it doesn't look like her dress will survive. It shall be remembered =P )!

Definitely looking forward to seeing more of this!
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DavidCMatthews Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, even at the time I drew "Death Trap", I wanted to see it animated. But this animation is a bear already, trying to draw spikes on the walls as well... :omfg:

Thanks for the compliments... I'm still slogging through it; I have about 14 cels at various stages of completion.
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too22202 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Yeah drawing spikes too would just add all sorts of extra work and potential complications. Leaving them out was definitely the right way to go.

And though it certainly sounds like a lot of work, even just going by the brief clips you've posted so far, it should definitely be worth it! :D
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Pokkuti Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
this is awesome! XD
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RENtb Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
I love the strongest strength of Tetsuko and the situation to demonstrate it!
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darkecofreak23 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Student Writer
I like how her biceps expand when she pushes out.
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Chwen-Hoou Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Gorgeous job on this sketch animation. This looks amazing.
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jbarker4th Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Tetsuko.   I can spell it.  Autocorrect cant!
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Rinji-Pantera Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017
You can also edit your own comments, so you don't have to post a second comment to explain the first one. ;)
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:iconjbarker4th:
jbarker4th Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
Tetsuya is such an incredible character.  You made her totally awesome!
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Abdomental Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist
Great work! It's clear to see a lot of thought and effort has been put into this, and it pays off. She looks gorgeous and I really enjoyed reading the storyboard - I was disappointed when it ended, to be honest! Definitely gonna check out the rest of your gallery :)
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WheresAJacket Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
nice so neat. 
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tardis1 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
All I can say is maybe have her two straps holding her breasts in her dress possibly break?
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DavidCMatthews Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Did you check out the storyboards I posted for the animation? Especially look at Tetsuko vs the Walls - storyboard 12, the board for shot 0032 (upper right frame); you'll see I already have plans for that: "A strip of fabric across her breasts rips." And the top strap might not last much beyond that :devilish:
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SrBascon Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellet work!!
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CidolfasSilverwing Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
YESH!! Such lovely strength! <3
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SUPREMOXQ15 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
other perfect animation frame style draw stuff! ahh i love tetsuko..Sanji (Love Love Melorine) [V1] 
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2DofFeelGoodinc Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
damn bet they wish she was on the Death Star 
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Phoenix3dart Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well done David.....it'd really be treat to see Tetsuko animated again
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mud666 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
o damn more legendary epicness
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Someguy1997 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
I love it!
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SuperCDR Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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wwolfneo Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
love this!
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creationstar Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this scene.  I very much like when she uses her strength to stop the walls.  Any chance that you will finish it?
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DavidCMatthews Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I intend to!!
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Tassedar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017
it'd be awesome if her muscles bulge to the point her clothes rip off
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JimmyDimples Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I like how you do her torso's expansion and contraction on the breathing at the end.

I'm wondering how much power those walls have to make her exert like that, though.
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DavidCMatthews Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you'll get an idea when you see the storyboards.
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