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Melody Breeze by MisterAibo Melody Breeze by MisterAibo
You might ask: "Why do you still record at home?"
Surely I could afford renting - if not owning - a recording room. Of course I could. But there is something about a nice, homey room. The warmth of sun, the soft smell of wood and books, the feeling this is where I belong.
Even though it was a pain to get the acoustics right.


--- Commission
Made for *Night-Ferocity. She wanted a cinmeagraph of her OC Melody Breeze singing in a recording room.

--- Technical
Five iterations, animated since the first (did background the last). Major change to the images composition in the last one.

The mouth proved interesting. I'm working on a script that will help me accelerate mouth-creating process.

--- Links
The original SVG can be found here: [link]
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:iconlydia-rawr:
Hello!
First of all everything about this picture works really well. You have her in an interesting spot, with a good background. You really did well with the vectors! The animation loops nicely and really adds to the overall feel of the image. The subtle animation of the record (the needle bobbing up and down especially!) really shows your attention to detail. Her hair moving goes along with the body moving, and looks realistic. The frame with the little gold plates adds to it as well, and reminds me of the pictures in Harry Potter.

The only error I see is a little black glitch at the tip of her hair, between the headphones and the base of it.

This is really inventive and innovative, and has become one of my favorite pieces of OC work. GREAT JOB! :D
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Green-Espeon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Starting off, Melody Breeze looks beautiful.  This is so cute, and it's one of my top favorites.

As for a critique, I agree her hair looks like it's hinged on top with the side still kind glued on.  Her wing also looks like its like it's on a floating joint independent of her movement.  I'm not sure, maybe it needs to be readjusted in the loop to about 1/4 of the cycle of the animation.


It's more than I could ever expect to do, and as critical as we could all be it's amazing.  Just amazing.
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:icongreen-espeon:
Green-Espeon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
I am now beginning to realize that this is not what you mean by critique, and I look stupid... as usual
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Please don't worry. (And I am sorry for replying so late - I've been inactive lately.)

The animation certainly has its flaws, sure. But there's only so much I'm able - or willing - to do with the given time and technology. I could animate the hair to loop seamlessly, change the shape, and flow, just like a "real" animation would do. I don't, because I can't spare the man-hours necessary for that. I try to convey the feeling, and sure, it's never perfect. Even with the limited scope, the animation could be done better. But I feel it's enough to convey the intended feeling. You can spot stuff that doesn't feel right, but it's not as readily apparent. In short, the picture feels good enough, I think.

I do appreciate the input. :)
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:icongreen-espeon:
Green-Espeon Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
First off, there can not be offense for a delayed response.  I don't even make art and I haven't been paying you to do so; please don't feel like you owe me or any other spectator anything.

I understand what you mean with the animation, and I suppose that makes sense.  I'd have to say though that the work you put in really shows as it is far better than a good 98% of any other animation I've seen on DA.  You did a great job and I hope you fun with it because you've made all our days brighter
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FabioCapela Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
The only issue I can find with the animation is that the front of her hair seems to be glued to the ponytail; the short part of her hair shouldn't move as much as the long ponytail. Nevertheless, it's a fantastic work.
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
I guess. It didn't look that good if the hair moved less, though.
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:iconangelmarilena:
angelmarilena Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Photographer
can you make me an animation with my poy OC?Only if you want to :D
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
When I'm open for commissions, sure - if you manage to call a spot.
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:iconangelmarilena:
angelmarilena Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Photographer
okay
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:iconkarmandubois:
KarmanDuBois Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Artist
jeez...this must be really hard to animate, vector, layer and everything else you do in order to get this to work :O great job though! :D
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
Actually, it was much easier than you'd think. SVG's own tools make it incredibly easy to make an animation like this. You just have to know what should move. Get the basic idea - like rhythmical wobbling - and then it's just the question of adding a few rotations here and there.

I already had the gramophone from earlier (one of my first experiments into SVG animation) and so the biggest problem was the speech, which just made me create own tool for that. Which spanned my (upcoming) editor, aniGen.

Also, it's funny to see how much simple composition will do. Consider this previous version - all I did was reverse the room (and then reverse the musical notation on the walls back because OCD) and it looks much better.

I think it's mostly the small details that make animation work. Things your brain doesn't even consider considering.

Anyway, thank you.
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:iconkarmandubois:
KarmanDuBois Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Artist
oh really?! That's great! Well, I have to say that animation looks very complicated to the start but it gets easier after several attempts ^^ but you're welcome :D
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:iconupand0ver:
Upand0ver Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You do gorgeous work! ...haha I just had to say that :3
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Thank you.
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:iconwillyshlecnaught:
willyshlecnaught Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
it looks like shes saying " you can play"

is she singing vinter in hollywood?
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:iconazure-art-wave:
Azure-Art-Wave Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Did someone realized that she's saying " bauah blauuah"
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:iconnoon-set:
Noon-set Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
i been trying to figure out and plz help who is melody breeze?
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
What do you mean? She's just somebody's original character.
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:iconnoon-set:
Noon-set Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
ya i know that but i see so mush fan art it makes me wonder who is she. is it just that her oc looks great that others just want to draw her.
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
I guess it's just a very cute design.
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:iconnoon-set:
Noon-set Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
ya thats what i thought
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:iconthethirdmoon36:
TheThirdMoon36 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
go home Rarity's' couch, your drunk...
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Azure-Art-Wave Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If you see, looks like she's saying " ba blauah blauah"
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:iconsleepingtaco:
SleepingTaco Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you do request??
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
No. I do commissions, but I'm closed at the moment.
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:iconsleepingtaco:
SleepingTaco Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok can you tell me when they will b open
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
When I'm done with the current batch. The stuff takes a lot of time to do, so I don't know at all when that'll be. Keep an eye out for my journals.
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SleepingTaco Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a ok!
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megaphonnic Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
"Mahoooemmmmmlllleeeeeeaaaaaoooohuuuummmmleeeuuuuuhmmm" Interesting song! ;]

This is really cool!, the animation has a really good flow to it :)
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APonyArtist Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THIS!
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
THANKS! WHY ARE WE SHOUTING THOUGH? :D
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:iconaponyartist:
APonyArtist Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BECAUSE I LOVE IT SO MUCH
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
OKAY THAT'S COOL I GUESS
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APonyArtist Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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RainbowPie16 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
This OC is gorgeous, all of the ones involves with music are amazing. You brought yours to life, It made me smile.
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thanks, but the OC is =Night-Ferocity's. Also, is it just me or is the majority of original characters either music or art oriented? I swear I've seen way too many paintbrush cutie marks in my time.
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RainbowPie16 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
You're right, so many of OC ponies are music and art directed. Although it seems that the gorgeous ones are in-fact music directed. When I made my OC I was going to make one that was music directed.
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Maybe it's because music-oriented OCs are made by music oriented people. They know they don't have such strong ties to graphical arts so they often make some general sketch - a hodgepodge of things they like from a visual standpoint, but which stem from the context of the character. I believe this is because most mediocre-to-good musicians operate based on passion, not logic. This makes them think in stories, not visual concepts and theory.

And as always, a character with a good story is a character whose looks, personality and traits fit together well.

In the end, someone who can do the visual very well is commissioned to finalize the character's look. I always make up (or indeed require) an interesting character background for any work I make because of it. You can't make a picture with personality that involves characters that lack it.

The problem is that graphical artists might get too caught up in the visual part of the character and attribute less weight to the story itself. But even with 100% visual character - no back story or explanation included - the traits the character has necessary reflect in the manner it is presented.

That's why so many OCs fail, in my opinion - they are not fleshed enough characters and thus, their looks and personalities are too disconnected.
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RainbowPie16 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, you gave me a lot to think about. Where characters in movies that are pretty visually lack depth, the ones that are less appealing to the eye have that one spot that catch the heart. They tend to have a stronger bond with themselves. The stronger the bond with themselves the more true character they have. Thus, the base of many songs are about inner beauty. So, like you said, they have more depth to themselves and tend to understand life more. This is what I got out of your reply and, yes, It made me think. But, If what I got ou of this is not what you wanted me to get, then I apoligize and will think about it more.
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
How could I argue with what you get out of my reply? You're processing the information I have given you and create your own opinions - that's what's important; creating your own opinion on the matter. Doesn't have to be mine.

I would add that the fact that the viewer can perceive the character's depth is oftentimes due to his own inability to look beyond the veil. Some of the most beautiful (or visually appealing in general) characters are also the most complex. Take the usual femme fatale like Sharon Stone portrayed in Basic Instinct, or (should you ask for a less mature-rated example) Audrey Hepburn's portrayal of Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady. While both the characters are charming and even seductive, they show a depth that you don't necessarily get from their look-alikes in more action oriented films.

One shouldn't shut their eyes to the inner complexity of a character just because one finds them visually appealing or unappealing either. I'm not even talking about inner beauty of a character now - one can find deranged minds much more interesting, hence the appeal of villains (like say Discord) or anti-heroes (like Severus Snape).

Like I said - I believe that the most important thing that makes an appealing character is depth. As Scott Card puts it, once you get to know someone well enough, you can't completely disagree with them. And once you know a person as well as he knows himself, you love him just the same way he does.

This is why you can sympathize with villains - when you know their back story and understand their motivation, watching them realizing their dreams, however sick and evil, is just watching a person you know succeed in something you know they consider paramount.

And consequently, that's why it's hard to enjoy any story where characters aren't explained well enough - there are no stakes. They could just as well be cardboard cutouts.
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xenoneal Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous work. The flow of the animation is practically identical to the show. Sorry to ask, but would you mind if I used your phonograph and mike for a request I'm working on?
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
No problem. The gramophone - its more show-like version, that is - is here: [link]
Or you can just extract the one that's in the picture.
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xenoneal Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Great, thanks a lot (also, hello! forgot that earlier) She wanted her OC in a recording studio, and I remember seeing the one you made in this and really liked the dials and everything you added to it. Thanks again :).
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msteetertotter Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Harry Potter pony pictures :D

(HPPP)
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:iconmisteraibo:
MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
That's like saying "bigger on the inside" is a Harry Potter thing.
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:iconmsteetertotter:
msteetertotter Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not good with quotes.. but I meant the picture was moving, because HPPP :dummy:

Dear sweet Celestia I'm such a dummy :dummy:
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I got that - I'm just saying that that's definitely not the origin of the idea of a moving photograph set in a frame. Actually, I'd be pretty amazed if you could actually find a single thing that Rowling hasn't lifted from somewhere else. :D
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howdyx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Cool, just cool!
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MisterAibo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thanks.
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StarShineTheAlicorn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just play some music behind this, and you've got a singing pony!
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