This is my fourth My Little Pony animation commission. This was requested by SayaArt. Short Hilt is an Original Character created by SayaArt.
IMHO, this is definitely the my best work so far. SayaArt gave me a challenge so I went " Challenge Accepted" and after two long months, battling with delays from my personal life I finally finished it! I wanted to add a lot of dynamic to her character by making her armor "bounce" whenever she did a little movement, and the first scene was a rotoscope of Twilight Sparkle's walk cycle in Lesson Zero. Her sword throw and grab is one of the most complicated and dynamic animations I've ever done so far and it turned out a lot better than expected.
Probably my favorite part of this commission was doing the backgrounds. I actually found myself enjoying doing the backgrounds for this commission and I think it's a huge step forward for me because doing backgrounds was never my strong suit.
If anything looks slow, it's because there's a lot of layers.
Also, credits to Kishmond for fav.me/d3gkkwh in some of the backgrounds.
Merrily canter through the forest, enjoy the beauties of nature. Come across the hoarding cave of a grumpy dragon. Steal one of his swords and brutally murder him with it... you know, you could have just apologized and gone your way :/
I would recommend working on that walk cycle. It seems a little unnatural. Grant Beaudette has several videos on YouTube that you may find to be useful aids when learning how to use MLP puppets in Flash.
The 3/4 view is actually identical (except for a few extra head movements) to the side view animation, no frames were removed, but I think when I distorted the image from side to 3/4 it did change the flow of the animation.