Smears are one of the few things I can never get tired of seeing in animation. They add a bit a snap, they're beautiful to look at (in motion as well as the individual drawings themselves) & they conserve time & money. But most importantly, they're loads of fun to animate!
I love all kinds of smears:
Smears with trails
Smears with multiple everything
But my absolute favorite type of smears are the ones where the characters are so skewed that they look almost nothing like the actual character. They're like 1 frame Salvador Dali paintings.
Darla Dimple or Quasimodo?
I even like the mini ones
For a recent animation project, I animated a 20 second logo for the Tribeca Film Festival, & a big portion of it was all smears. It was probably one of the most fun things I ever animated. I'll post it up on Youtube within the next few weeks.
More smear goodness to come soon.