At first the "natively digital" condition seemed to be a big hindrance, but after checking back with the friendly and always helpful team at Makersplace, I was told, that this was to prevent someone just taking a picture of an existing physical piece for an entry and that my collage work was indeed acceptable. Yay!
I had a kind of "cheesy" picture in mind, with really bright colors and a funky animation.
My first attempt came out a bit too silly, even for me.
I merged it into a background layer I had made from some glitched art file and chose a drawing I wanted to use for the eyes.
I placed it on a separate layer and adjusted the colors to match the feel I wanted to create.
Then I masked out the mouth from another artwork and changed the colors accordingly.
Together with another glitched segment and some "earrings" I added the mouth to the file, knowing that I wanted it to swing back and forth in the final piece. On a new layer I painted some exaggerated eyelashes, which were to only flash up for moments in the animation later.
Finally I wanted some daisys to run accross the bottom of the picture.
Since I had created all the elements on their own layers in Photoshop, I could add them to a library, for easy access of all the pieces for the animation in Adobe Animate. There I placed them again on separate layers and added the movement.
After I trimmed it all a bit, I could export "Keep Smiling" as an animated gif. (Large file, may take a bit to load).
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