Glad to know you can all watch it.
“Just render it to a .mov or .avi and post the file on somwehere like 4shared / savefile … etc” - Mike_S
Most video codecs are aimed at colour rather than black & white. On my own comp I use Quicktime Animation set to 2 colours, and the files are lossless and small, but I know Caffine won’t play this, and the latest Apple Quicktime now only works for Windows 2000 or XP, and apple of course. It seems silly to use a codec that gives 5 times the file-size and 1/5 the quality. All the other animations on my site use the flash-player, and I wanted constancy. I want to get these things right for future referance - and I’m anal. For colour stuff I’ll embed through youtube.
I used various techniques to get the monochrome effect. On the ground I used toon-shading between black & white with a bump-map of this rock texture. On her garment I used toon-shading again, with images for the colour and spectacular colour, and good old blender-clouds as a bump-map. The smoke from the fire is a particle system of animated gifs of a wiggly line. Then there’s the sky - a huge sphere-mapped line-drawn image created in Photoshop. No Nodes used at all.