The Pencil Test
Here is the pencil test of Victoria as promised in my last post. Remember that the fox has her firmly by the nose throughout this scene. I have not included that layer of the fox only because using too many layers in a pencil test makes for a dark and murky image that you may have trouble viewiing.
It works pretty well now, but as in most complex things that one tries to plan in advance, there were some changes along the way.
Changes to the Plan
First, two new extreme poses were added. They fall between poses E and F as shown in Part 4. Here are those poses again, with the new ones placed inbetween.
Now we go to pose F and then G, where she gathers herself and then adopts an attitude of pleading or supplication.
Thus we have her thinking her problem through in a way that the viewer can easily follow. This is the sort of deep exposition that I am just now learning to do, and which I have often failed to understand in the past, largely because my experience in professional animation has been mostly confined to commercials of 30 seconds or less, with no time and frames to spare for looking into a character's motivations and thought process.
In Part 6, I'll talk about how the animation itself went on this little scene.