Fairy tale girls: Malachite Casket animation
I wanted for a long time to make a series of portraits of the russian fairy-tale women 
(because frankly they are gorgeous). As I also wanted for some time to try myself at animation, 
I decided to combine the two and see what will happen.
The work is still very much in progress, but I'll start to put it all online nevertheless.

So, meet the first one: Tatiana from The Malachite Casket by Pavel Bazhov. 
She is basically sort of a daughter (in spirit, if not in blood — or maybe she is a changeling, it's hard to tell for certain)
 of the Mistress of the Copper Mountain: a mystical godess of the local minerals and ores and lizards. And sometimes, when the mood strikes her, of arts and miners — especially young bachelor ones.   





The animation is capturing a moment in Tatiana's life when she's got so fed up with the lies (and, really, with generally everything) of her quite unpleasant fiance — the landlord and owner of the local factory — that she disappears right through the malachite wall of the royal palace, sending everyone into shock and the Queen — into faint.


Some sketches
Rough lineart animation 


Some discarded moves that I'm still quite fond of:
1) the blink that was too exaggerated for the whole composition, 
2) the disappearance that was just not what I wanted.




Some frames



Thanks for watching!


Fairy tale girls: Malachite Casket animation
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Fairy tale girls: Malachite Casket animation

Portraits and small animation of russian fairy-tale women. Work in progress.
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