I was really surprised by how much I actually liked the look of this animation, and I think it's down to the fact cut-out animations seem to make up a large percentage of the old-fashioned animations I used to watch when I was a kid (Mr Ben, Monty Python and er, South Park, which I probably shouldn't have watched). I think cutout animations seem to come across as being particularly antiquated which I suppose could be a bad thing but I personally like how close they can get to zoetropes and silhouettes in terms of aesthetic appearance without losing something in the transistion to a digital medium.
The look of this was based heavily on Okami, which is one of my favourite games, and is specifically where I copied the cloud design from. I certainly want to try animating in this style again, although if I could put sound to it I'd be much happier.
I'll reedit this post at another date and put all the pretty reference images in and everything, but not right now as it's very very late and my brain might possibly asplode.
I have also been producing little pixel people, short two frame animated GIFs that don't take much in the way of skill, so I've been doing as many as possible. here's an exapmple of one, although I suspect it won't move. If it doesn't then I need to upload the lot of them on to DA.
It worked! Here's another one-
Finally, for a proper bit of art, here's a picture I was sketching out in Photoshop ( I practice this character every so often to try and improve drawing human faces. It's still in a manga style I'm afraid).