Yeah, they said that they can’t/won’t do any more INK updates, because they streamlined the art process with Limelight to make it 10x easier. They compared it to Disney movies, the way people don’t make them by drawing each frame anymore, it’s all CGI, the difference between 1950 Cinderella and 2016 Moana. So INK will never be deactivated, just that it’s very difficult to make new things, if it’s even possible rn at all.
But anyway, as for the poll, I’d love to see more neutral, subtle, or mildly negative emotions. Talk_explain_neutral is one of the only talk animations where the character is neither visibly sad nor visibly happy. My story has an entire episode where a character is explaining something very serious, so I couldn’t use any of the happy animations like talk_neutral. It was a pain.
Look at this smiling mf
Episode, if you’re reading this, here are some ideas you can use for free, no credit needed:
talk_conceal (ie. character is visibly hiding surprise, fear, etc, maybe neutral with a subtle side-eye)
talk_serious (serious but not necessarily sad, think police officer on the job)
talk_determined (think chin held high)
talk_empathetic (eg. “I know, I know it’s hard, but we can get through it.”)
facepalm_exhausted (even something like talk_exhausted without the mouth moving)
think_torn (eg. “Oh god… how could I possibly pick?” I picture this one with forehead in hands, but that might tilt the head too much, idk)
idle_serious_loop (again, idle but not smiling but not sad either, think soldier/guard standing at their post)
idle_conceal_loop (see conceal above)
And while I’m at it, a sadder crying animation in Limelight would be great, if the program supports it.