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So... this totally might need a preloader and I haven't given it one. Even though it really is just a loop and only 412 KB. Oh well. Hopefully none of you have a slow internet connection. If you do, or just want to see the raw .PNG for any reason, you can check it out here: [link] (I warn you, though, this is one of the largest things I've ever worked on... very good for a desktop background... not so great viewing at full size.) It's even larger than the flash, being 540 KB. Oh well~~

Also, you can right-click and zoom in on my flash projects like this one, if you want to for any reason.

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Done in Flash, but the skin was colored in Paint Tool SAI and I imported it back in. Like HELL I was going to color every frame of animated hair. Screw that.

I hope you enjoy it because it took a lot out of me. No, this wasn't why I disappeared for two weeks. This didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would. It's actually pretty simple to animate hair like that, so I wouldn't call it impressive so much as I'd call it 'pretty'.

If I could do one thing better, I'd make the shadows under the two strands of hair that move a bit more ambiguous. x_x They kind of stand out when his hair moves away from their starting points.

edit: So, over 150 favs in the first day of it being up. Wonderful, guys, but I'm not the sort to go thank you all individually, so I'll do it now - Thank You! - even if you've fav'd and ran. Remember, fav-ing is something you do for your own self, so you can find it again later - but comments would be nice. (Especially the sort where you give me something to respond to~ I like hearing recommendations and ideas.)

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Riku, Kingdom Hearts (c) Nomura, Disney, Square Enix
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:iconcatcrazygurl94:
catcrazygurl94 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
Nice :+fav:
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jonesey01 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this! The animation is great, and the colors are wonderful!!! Keep up the great work!!!
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roxasth3nobody Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Writer
i played all songs. perfect songs for background:
1. ventus' theme
2. roxas' theme
3. sora's sacrifice
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s0larclaw812 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Riku!! So sexy *w*

And I totally want to see Riku's Dive to the Heart...Especially on what his Station of Awakening looks like 8D
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Kh4EvA Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Artist
I'm a fan-girl of every anime video game with semi decent graphics and KINGDOM HEARTS times infinity and i'm a boy ROFLMAO!!!!
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dalibabe91 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing! I love it!
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AnimeFreakGirl12345 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student
RIKU IS SO HOT

-thinks about yaoi- X3
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KatiaGavin Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist
this is amazing
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dayianimeaangel Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg O.O
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CheckersXIV Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahhh *goes into fangirl mode* love it!!
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:iconroxastsuna:
RoxasTsuna Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student General Artist
cool.
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:icondark-ange-lheart1:
Dark-Ange-lHeart1 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student General Artist
love it.....him
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:iconyaoiboy84:
Yaoiboy84 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Student
super cut^^
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blackmagepanda Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Amazing! I love how his hair flows!~:music:
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:iconcosplaygeneration:
CosplayGeneration Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Frikkin Amazing :D
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:iconallviran:
Allviran Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it is beautiful
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:iconkhfan12:
khfan12 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010   General Artist
NICE! :) Great job! ^^
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:iconjizeru1:
Jizeru1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
HAWT
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:icondark-momento-mori:
Dark-Momento-Mori Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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:iconjavelincheshire:
javelincheshire Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Nice!
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YakashiXxX Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
SEXYY!!!! HAHAHA love it :D
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xXCookiestarXx Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Oh miaa x.x this is amazing! :D Oh and do you take icon/avatar requests? =3
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ssceles Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't in a while, but I can? I made a lot of people icons and its not fair to them to hand out theirs if you ask for someone that's already been done like mine. So if you want one like mine there's a pretty big chance I can't because I already did it for someone else. I can, however, make one specifically for you that's not 'like' mine.

Who would you like?
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xXCookiestarXx Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Umm have you done roxas? If you have then have do you know who Ciel phantomhive is? =3
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ssceles Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I've done Roxas, and, even though I never watched or read into it, I do know Ciel. ^_^
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xXCookiestarXx Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
Have you ever draw ciel as a chibi icon? =3
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ssceles Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I only drew chibi icons for Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy 7 characters (many not related to KH). Ciel wasn't included in that, so no.

I can make a Ciel icon for you. =3
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xXCookiestarXx Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Oh could you, i would love that! =3
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:iconssceles:
ssceles Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, you wanted a Ciel icon? [link]
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XAKIDA Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
so beautiful *.*
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Pipsqueak904 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student General Artist
pretty...
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Shadowsister Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
How lovely.
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xAnimeFallenAngelx Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I can't think of an amazing enough word to describe it
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ShatteredMirrors7 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010   Writer
I love this. Too much XD
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:iconssceles:
ssceles Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou~ ^_^.
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Valorie-Sonsaku Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow this is so damn awsome ^^
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DarthXehanort Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, that's impressive. :O
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katriku Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student General Artist
I really like this animation. Personally, (because this has been a heated, and debating issue with me and quite a few people) I love the color of his eyes, and the way you drew him upside down. :) I personally hope someday to become an animator, and I really don't know where exactly to start or what tools to use...(O_o') At least as a starting point. If you could help that would be greatly appreciated. :)
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ssceles Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember I asked my parents for a tablet as a graduation/early Christmas present and went out of my way to get my hands on one. I paid around $90 for one from Wacom, but even now on their own site they offer an even better priced one that's probably better than the one I have now, since its been a few years. ( [link] ) It comes with a pen that works like a DS stylus, plugs in like any USB device, and if you shove your mouse out of the way, after a while you forget you're not actually drawing where you're looking.

It's the program that I'm animating in itself (Flash) that's ridiculously expensive and I won't deny that I didn't actually pay for it and had other means of getting it. I'm using a rather old version of it that's not even for sale anymore, so its not like the company is really losing money over it. I'm sure there's something better out there I just struggled to find it when I was starting out.

Even without a fancy program, .GIFs can make simple looping animations (like your icon). The more complicated it is, the slower it is to load, but if put in a program like Windows Movie Maker, it'd run in real time. So, in a sense, you can already start animating: scan stuff, crop everything to the right size (even the basic Paint that comes with the computer does the job) and then save each frame in order. From there, you could download a .GIF making program and, while there are hundreds of free good ones, you could even do it online instead without having to download anything: [link] (and there are many other similar sites).

Traditional animation holds just as much respect (and probably more) than digital animations - its time consuming, and its only as clean as your eraser is. You know how it is, if you mess up with a pen you're stuck with it, right? And that's where digital artists have a huge advantage of having an 'undo' button. Because we have it 'easy' in comparison to traditional artists, since computers are forgiving, traditional art is still respected.

Good luck!
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katriku Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh really? That's so cool! I really appreciate the insight. ^^ One of the reason's I'm asking is because my Birthday's coming up (haha) and I've been wanting to do something like that for quite some time, and get a start on things like that. I can't thank you enough.

Thanks!
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xxXPure-InnocenceXxx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist
(I came up with a better one!!)

0.0...so...beautiful...can't...stop...looking!!

*finally looks away only to find herself blushing*

Me: *whispers*"I hope Riku didn't see that."

Riku: "Are you blushing?"

Me: "No...maybe...I hope not."

Riku: *gently laughs and smiles at her*
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Szprytna Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hi, Riku.. *blush*
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xxXPure-InnocenceXxx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist
0.0...so...beautiful...can't...stop...looking!!

*finally looks away and leaves Riku to his thoughts*
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Yuriko0neko Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist
nyooooo!!!! *blush*
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:iconxxxpure-innocencexxx:
xxXPure-InnocenceXxx Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist
This scene is practically beathtaking!! ^^

Riku looks amazing, I applaud your work.

Hmm, I wonder what Roxas would look like with similar animation.

Either way, beautiful job.
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Dahn-Lynn Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
wow! riku looks amazingggg and the animation is great! looks like it would have been a lot of work!
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Okami-Rikoh Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That is VERY well done. I'd love to see more animation.
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panda-vampire-x Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
Awsome :D
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HigekiHigure Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
O.o half of its white like this one the other half is black and hes highlighted in purple when i put is a background.is that supposed to happen? >.>
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ssceles Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^_^;; Ahh, well, go into your settings and set the desktop background color to be white and that should take care of the problem. Or, you could put the image into a program and save it again (making sure the part that was previously transparent is now white). What's happening is a transparency issue. >.>
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