Well, I'm gonna slap stuff up here as I finish for your delight/feedback.
A quick sketchy ref of my main character, currently (and perhaps forever) unnamed
The first background, on which I will be animating uh....tomorrow? hopefully?
A quick line test. I did the keyframes and the first section before I left for break and then finished it up when I got back. A couple things changed in between: a few small details of her design and I got way more comfortable animating in photoshop, leading to a looser, sketchier animation. It is a little choppy where I held the keyframes for odd lengths, but I figure that that's part of the learning curve.
Because I am only an intro student currently (oh woe, that I did not have access to traditional animation classes during my undergrad) and because I'm notoriously impatient when it comes to coloring things (esp. flatting things....augh, tedium) I'm thinking of animating her/the enemies in a loose grey pencil like this. I figure that she'll still stand out against the backgrounds, which'll be kept both tight and colorful, and I can sketch-fill her in with white for more contrast if I need it.