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'Cosmic Love' Storyboard Animation

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Apr 29, 2012 | 7:16 AM EDT
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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 4.5 / 5 stars

Nice start for a beautiful work. You really should continue further and finish animating it.
Sounds like you sliced or crossfaded the music in a few parts. It's probably me or my computer but the characters look a tad bit chubby in this. Other than that I don't think I have much else to pick at. Nice artwork and sweet short story!

black-lotus-kitsune responds:

Thank you! lol, they may be a tad chubby XD i'm not too good at male anatomy, so i probably gave him a few feminine curves by accident ;P


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Star Boy want love from Wood Girl, but Wood Girl refused, so Star Boy did something great: make more stars. Wood Girl now in love with Star Boy. Both are pleased.

Unfortunately, the animation is really choppy, which is why I took half a star from my 5 stars. But don't let this make you lose heart; keep improving!

black-lotus-kitsune responds:

lol, not quite the story ^^
the story is that the constellation professed his love to another constellation, but she refused. saddened, he drop his gift to her down to earth where it fell into the dryad's eye, blinding her. all she sees is black, except for a tiny light. she decides to follow it, and it leads her to the constellation. they both understands that it was fate that brought them together, and they live happily ever after <3
it's got some much more serious messages, but in terms of a love story this is it in a nutshell :)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

(wtf is this new rating system, i don't even)

anyways, this is really good, i can't wit to see the finished product, this song is great and your pacing is good.

one thing though; when the earth girl goes blind, you should take out all color from her eyes. i know you changed her eye color to show she went blind, but i didn't really notice that happened until the end when she got her vision back. taking the color out of her eyes is a much better way to show some one's lost their vision.

so yeah, can't wait to see that! hope you follow my advice!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

It's very detailed and beautiful.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Truly a project worth seeing on the front page. It tells a very pure story with no words, only music to set the tone, and a series of pictures that convey more emotion than any sentence could.

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black-lotus-kitsune responds:

^^ thank you very much!