A few months ago I started short animation in homage to the Touhou Project game “Mystic Square”. I’m a massive long time Touhou Project overall (2013 was ages ago yall’).
Not everyone can appreciate the sheer adrenaline rush from playing the games, they almost always have a masterful soundtrack that accompanies absolutely B R U T A L gameplay. The joy I get from Touhou is hard to express, but animation is the most perfect medium to try doing so. Here are just some progress GIFS. Can’t say if I’ll finish it since I tend to drop interest in longprojects like a hot potato lol, and I feel like the animation is already outdated. Onto other things.
I took a class at CDW this last semester called Advanced Projects which was basically let us do whatever sort of project we wanted. I will admit, this concept had it’s roots as a simple schmup game I had been painstakingly learning how to make in Game Maker, but the whole thing got a bit messy so I resorted to just boarding something vaguely inspired by the game. Here’s some vis dev as well as the final sequence. Moral learnt: freakin’ define what you’re making and make a THING. I might go back to this idea in time…who knows.
Since I’m shuffling around my ole’ storyboard portfolio, I’m taking out some of the story sequences I did during my Story Internship at Pixar in 2015. These were done with sharpies & china marker on paper, the old fashioned way. I feel like I’ve improved alot since then. It was a crazy learning experience I really cherish . Ah, memories.
NOTE: Don’t copy my work, please. I put this online because it was a big experience for me, not for people to copy. My advice for aspiring storyboard artists is to do your own boards lol.