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'Cosmic Love' Storyboard Animation

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Apr 29, 2012 | 7:16 AM EDT
  • Frontpaged May 1, 2012
  • Daily 5th Place April 30, 2012

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Artist Statement:
"While the story is a touching tale of love and destiny, there is also a secondary emphasis on the effects of tragic events on an individual. The lyrics “I was in the darkness / So darkness I became” symbolize the different reactions of the constellation and dryad. While the dryad has been stricken with sudden blindness and can no longer view the world she loves, she embraces this newfound darkness and follows the single light. The constellation, however, falls into despair and gets consumed by the darkness, resulting in acts of violence and losing all hope. This became an emphasis because I am a firm believer that a situation is what we make of it. We can choose to be defeated, or we can stand up and turn it into something great."

This was created for my Advanced Drawing class. I was given the task to simply tell a story. I decided to take it further than just a few images and created the backbone to an animation: a storyboard. That being said, this is the reason the drawings are so simple/messy. I needed to get them all done in only a month, so I only had time to do the sketches. Hopefully in the future it will become a full animation ^^ And yes - this is my first attempt at this :)

Throughout the whole process I learned new things, which can be seen in the images themselves (the quality basically changes from image to image). But the top 3 important things I learned were these:

1. Don't edit a video in one night/for 12 hours straight (even though the sunrise was pretty).
2. If you're going to save your layers, then DON'T FLATTEN THE IMAGE YOU IDIOT!
3. Running sequences need to die.

Time taken: 150 hours (including illustrations not here)
Total frames: 304
Special thanks to: SultanaOfStars

Thank you for viewing! Enjoy!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was very beautiful, very deserving of the NG front page. Please make more like this in the future


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Yes and no throughout on this one. The blinking pictures was kinda lame, even if it the artwork was usually good. But I will admit that you told your story and your panels were great. I think the best thing here was the smooth shading and coloring, and pretty acuarte layout. Your anatomy could be stronger man and so will the poses. try pushing for a smoother transitioning movie if you continue to animation with illustrations, and stronger character designs. Good work here though!

black-lotus-kitsune responds:

thank you for the crit and kind comments ^^ i agree with the blinking - once i finish this,it will be much smoother.
lol, i can thankfully say that my anatomy is much better than this XD but for the sake of storyboarding, these are just quick sketches to get an idea of what i want the poses/actions to be :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was brave exciting and deeply heart wrenching i loved every moment. shows pure compassion and makes you think deep loved the artistic side as well, but the song made this plentiful and wholesome nothing could beat this emotionally. Bravo well done you are a shooting star.

black-lotus-kitsune responds:

^^ thank you very much! :)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Fantastic concept!
An updated version with a higher framerate would be welcome and appreciated.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

wow its nice