Need help with animating effect

Hey ya’ll.

I’m having problems with a new avatar I want to make. The effect I’m looking for is to have rising, swirling energy going around a character sprite. The problem is, I don’t really know how to do this? Can anyone share any pointers, or point me in the direction of a tut that’ll show me the way? I’m using Photoshop and Illustrator.

Nastradamus has that effect on lockdown for stills.

Dunno how to animate it, though. The only one I can think of who probably does know is BlodiaVulcan5.

Try looking at these for how it should look/move:

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Hope that helps, Az.