I started animating with charcoal a few weeks ago, and the results look promising. I'm using a charcoal pencil, so it's not nearly as messy as I thought it would be. Somehow I still manage to cover my arm with charcoal, but I kinda like that. I'm roughing out the animation with pencil and then going over it with charcoal for the final look. And then dousing it in Aqua Net Hairspray! These are the final looks for the scene in which Seshet is literally drawn into the charcoal sketch piece.
I've roughed out the other parts of Seshet's dance through the charcoal, but it comes at the end of the film and I wouldn't want to spoil the surprise.
In other exciting news, the Cintiq that Lauren and I are sharing is scheduled to arrive today!! I can't wait to try it out. I'll be animating the oil painting sequence with it, and it should make a whole world of difference in terms of efficiency. I may actually finish my movie now!