Loved the art direction and mood in this.... I really can tell the illustrative quality in it and that is something I really like. I think when illustration meets animation it can be a very genuine thing.
I've contemplated doing my own animation on the side, but mostly I only am familiar with After Effects and at that fairly limited when it comes to actual fluid animation - at least of my knowledge. Regardless this is still inspiring!
so fluid and wonderfully charming, the animation and colours and composition and music are all amazing. probably one of the best things i've watched in a while and definitely something i'll remember and be sure to watch again! looking forward to your new short too. just one thing that i'm curious about: may i ask how you did the train and the ripples on the lilypads?
Yes you may. The train and the ripples are both After Effects trickery. I painted the train cars and animated the ripples straight-on, with no perspective or anything. Then a few of my brainy friends took those assets into After Effects and animated/relocated them in perspective in the scene. They're basically 2.5 D sprites. Think old school Duke Nukem.