For about 3 years after college, I worked on a short film. It was directed by Chris Magee (of Dreaming Thomas), who wanted to tackle a more traditional style of animation. I spent many hours drawing in-betweens by hand - in pencil - and more hours helping color for a few shots. The coloring mostly went to interns, since that was a full-time gig in itself.
The Ogre & The Mermaid wrapped at 10 minutes, and I moved on to other projects. But surprise, surprise! Chris sent it out to a bunch of festivals, and a few of them really enjoyed the work.
Our first recognition came this past March, for the Moscow Shorts International Short Film Festival. Best Animation of the Month!
And just recently: