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"I don't think... I'll find the love I want... In this machine..."


This was a project I've been working on for about a year and a half. The goals were to improve my ability to make backgrounds--because if you know me (or have seen any of my past works/excuses) --they aren't my strongest suit. :3

So what I tried to do was make a mellow episode of a series that mostly only had over-the-top action scenes. This would give me grounds to strengthen an ability to make something beautiful to look at, as well as fun to watch.

To put the story simply: Ilu would love to be a conductor when she grows up. Likewise, her friends would love to be great artists, dancers, and even musicians. But the daily mechanical grind of their lives don't really lead to any real chances to find that love their searching for. By the end of the animation, neither Ilu nor any of her friends reach their goals--but based on Ilu's passion, they all get a bit closer somehow. And that was the kind of animation I wanted to make.

What you see here is what I'm honored to share with you.

(I'd love supportive comments just as much as the next guy, but if you have something critical to add, please--PLEASE--do so too. Thought-rich comments appreciated above all else.)

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The Don't Trip Series:

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Don't Trip: [link]
This is UNMEI: [link]
The Love I'm Searching 4: [link]
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:icongoat13:
Goat13 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is outstanding
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:iconskaijo:
Skaijo Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
I appreciate that!  It's the project I spent the longest on ever.  Nearly a two years.
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:icongoat13:
Goat13 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Dang, it really paid off, I like how you showed the characters personality through their actions and the music fits so well. Keep up the good work :)
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i-s-h-i-m-a-r-u Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I just noticed the picture of Luke on the juice box.
XD
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:icontoxicfoxfail:
ToxicFoxFail Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey did anyone see a girl drinking LUKES GRAPE JUICE? XDDDD
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:iconskaijo:
Skaijo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
SURE DID.
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:icontoxicfoxfail:
ToxicFoxFail Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why do they all look alike and have white hair and stuff?
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:iconskaijo:
Skaijo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Because they're the same characters pulled from an animation I made way back when I wasn't very familiar with colors or character designs in general. Plus, where I'm from most people look alike.
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ToxicFoxFail Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
k
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:iconmalanaks:
malanaks Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. i knew i you were talented from 'friendship is magic bitch', but THIS.
Faved and shoved into all my friends' faces.
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:iconsabooya:
sabooya Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
How did i not see this animation on your page for 2 years...
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:iconskaijo:
Skaijo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
:>
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:iconlandofconfusion838:
Landofconfusion838 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
this anim. was a wonderful piece of art like the other
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wakawakawaka111 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
what song is this?
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:iconthe-cloaked-one:
The-Cloaked-One Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I very much enjoy this video. I love the music, the backgrounds are spectacular, the motions and actions of the characters are brilliant. My favorite parts would be the alarm clock reading 'Early', Ilu trying to get on the motorcycle, and where Ilu is walking down the street to the caution tape where she sees herself full filling her dream as a conductor, but is unable to get through the caution tape. You've done so much right here. XD There's a few problems that might've been mentioned to you before. the first would be the stylistic white hair, it makes it hard for me to distinguish characters. They all start blending together although they wear different outfits and hairstyles. I guess I watch too much anime, I distinguish by hair color and faces usually and that's not working here. :D Second is the surreal feeling of the video. I'm not one to catch lyrics unless I specifically look them up, but I did not understand what the video was about even after several viewings until I read your description. Knowing that Ilu wants to be a conductor and people are inspired by her helps me see some of the finer detail you crafted in which I otherwise missed entirely. Even with that said, it is an absolutely fabulous video, full applause from me.
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TheOneThatSings Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
I love the faces they made as they saw each other!
kinda reminds me of the stuff that my friends do.
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:iconliobits:
Liobits Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I noticed that some of the backgrounds were a little pixely. Maybe you could find some larger ones?
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creepyboy Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011   Digital Artist
I remember watching this a couple of years ago on Newgrounds. It's pretty awesome, I love your characters design and the photographic backgrounds, and it fits perfectly with The Rentals' song.

Awesome work.
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FireKirby7 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Whoa.

it almost looked as if it was Cel Shaded.
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:icontoadadventure:
ToadAdventure Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What song is this?
Cuz I love everything about this...
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:iconskaijo:
Skaijo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
The Love I'm searching for by the rentals...
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:icontoadadventure:
ToadAdventure Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
K :dummy:
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Virtual-Corvid Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From my experience of knowing nothing about flash at all, I found this piece to be really awesome. What I really liked was that the angle of the backgrounds and the animated bits looked natural, nothing really looked like flat pieces floating across space. The animation was full of character and style and was very sweet. I also enjoyed some of the little things you added like the glows and the reflection in the moped mirrors.

I'm a little late commenting on this aren't I? Don't know how I missed it...
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:iconskaijo:
Skaijo Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
THANKS FOR THE COMMENT. I will marry you shortly.
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:iconmalanaks:
malanaks Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"my wife"
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:iconslowpokeburger:
SlowpokeBurger Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, I just noticed Luke's Puzzle Fact Juice. XD
KUDOS FOR ALL YOUR WORK!!! :D
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:iconjames4115:
james4115 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
its really nice to see the universe of dont trip evolve from a desert civilization into an urban neighborhood! i just cant wait to see what you do with the next one(if any)!
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:iconskaijo:
Skaijo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010
Wow, thanks for following the narrative for so long! It really only evolved as I grew more confident with my abilities (deserts just have less stuff to animate). But I also thought to myself that over time, the people would go on to industrialize where they live over time--or that the people who's head they represent become filled with more stuff as they got older.
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duperhero Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Student Photographer
I watched this a few times but never noticed the tRip pill. Therefor, I recognized, that there are 4 chars who has an earphone each. This is weird!
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mooncrystalz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
i personally love it so much
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:iconjacobzilla90s:
jacobzilla90s Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not what i expected from a new installment in the trip series but a nice story and a nice look though Ilu's prospective insted of Uli's like last time and i love all the little cameos from your previous animations. the family concep was grate too
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:iconprofessor-lissie:
Professor-Lissie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
I love this SO MUCH! I'm a big fan of all your work (especially the professor layton) and this is sooooooo awesome!!
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:iconinuakiko:
InuAkiko Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great flash, such a somber yet oddly inspirational tone to it. I greatly enjoy this style of mixing photos and animation you have going on here.
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Traveling-Artist Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That was wonderful, simply beautiful. It truly brought a smile to my face. :D
Also, you just descibed my life in a Nutshell with atleast one or two of those girls. After all, We are the Artists, the Dreamers, the Music Makers, and those with Passion in our hearts. :)
Whoa, sorry about that, had a moment of daydreaming there. :D

Anyway, I have come to truly enjoy your Trip Series animations (Mostly because of the action, but I really like this one.) and I have found the characters to be most enjoyable, and the series to be exciting. As always, I shall look foreward to any future projects when they come around. :D

P. S. I almost felt a tear begining to form near the end of the animation. :D
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Skaijo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Awwwwwww... You're too sweet. Thanks for the super kind words. This is my current life in a nutshell too. Wish I had some kids to hog-tie and flag pole right about now, but what can you do?
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Traveling-Artist Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Speaking of the kids, I just realized something.:idea: Sure the Hog-tying to the flag pole may mentaly scar those kids, but it kind of forced them together, and now they have someone to suffer with them, misery loves company and all that. A bad experience can truly bring people together. :D Just a thought.

Thank you for replying to my message, and for calling me sweet, that made my day. :D
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Mnbv15 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Lyrics would be very great...
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:iconmnbv15:
Mnbv15 Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
I cant really hear if its Japanese of English....
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:iconskaijo:
Skaijo Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Eng people including myself and one hangul.
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:iconmnbv15:
Mnbv15 Featured By Owner May 18, 2010
Ah! Thanks!
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:iconviviku:
Viviku Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
im kinda wondering why is her older sister getting angry at her for conducting? id just be confused if i saw someone doing that lol.
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:iconskaijo:
Skaijo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
If you're talking about the last scene. I guess I wouldn't say she's angry, she's kinda just making the weird face the little sister makes all the time (as a mocking gesture during this sensitive moment). :3 Then Jacki Big Tits looks down at them and frowns--it's hard to do foreshadowing in a project that's so short, but that's all it is, really.
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:iconviviku:
Viviku Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
lol makes sence. i get confused with all the weird faces they pull throughout the flash but its still freaking awesome.
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CandidCarrion Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Juice has FIVE letters, Professor!
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Fuyuswolf Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Student Filmographer
I am amazed by the amount of little secrets and detail this animation has, I seen Unmei and dont trip, but this one is the one that has left the biggest impression on me.

Amazing work, congratulations.
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:iconzelda3k:
zelda3k Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so lovely. You're animation is very unique and this was so bittersweet. <3 *hugs*
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:iconpycofrancis:
Pycofrancis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
Amazing, Good job with the character design and most of the movement.
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struck3Xbylightning Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
It is never as easy to tell a story with pictures as it is to tell a story with wordsl; but you have managed to do so so beautifully.

The energy of your animation is fantastic and I am adding you to my watchlist.

I look forward to seeing more.
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:iconskaijo:
Skaijo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Thanks for taking to the time to write this. I really appreciate being able to read a nice pat on the back after a long week of studying. :3
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:iconbushidohacks:
bushidohacks Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A sad but happy tale of what we dreamed to be in life in contrast with what life is giving us right now.

The dream shall never die even if life holds us back.
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