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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.​​​​​​​

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.
264
1.6k
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Published: