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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

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very well done :)
cheered me up pretty well ^_^


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

You accomplished what you set out to do. Told a story. This is very watchable!
I personally would have loved to see a complete animation of this. Flicking pictures from scene to scene was making me tired, but you had me griped with the story to stay and wait and find out what happens, plus the music you chose fit perfectly.
Maybe next time, a better preloader and don't have it loop at the end. But all in all...worth every minute.

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black-lotus-kitsune responds:

Thank you very much!
I'll definitely try and figure out how to make it not loop at the end ^^


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Awesome music man!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I would suggest to have the animation run more smoothly, I know the stops are part of the movie but on some parts they weren't necessary, other than that, we have a fine piece of art here, well done man, great job. ;)

So I'll give it a 4.5/5 and a 5/5, keep it up please. ^^

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

The opening sequences are beautiful.... that alone earns you 4. Another 1/2 for the stuff you learned while making it.