storyboard and character design

In a Heartbeat FAQ

When will the film be released?
Sometime this summer!

Is the film done?

Then why not post it now?
We’re submitting the film to film festivals, and some of them have rules about putting the film online. We just want to make sure we have enough time to run it through the festival circuit, but we are eager to share it with you as soon as we can!!

How much will it cost to watch it?

Where will you upload it?
Vimeo and/or Youtube - but don’t worry, we’ll post about it here, and on our facebook!

Can I share it once it’s online?
Yes! BUT - please do not share by downloading and reuploading the film to your facebook/tumblr/instagram/youtube/etc. That’s stealing. To share it, copy and paste the link (that we will provide!) or use the reblog button on Tumblr or the share button on Facebook! Thank you!

Where can I watch the trailer?

How long is the film?
A whopping 4 minutes and 5 seconds :)

Can you make it longer?
No, this is a student film made by two people - Beth and Esteban were solely responsible for all of the visual aspects of the film, including storyboards, character design, character and set modeling, texturing, rigging, camera layout, animation, set dressing, lighting, rendering, and compositing. That’s a lot of work for two people! Plus, as a thesis film for our college program, there was a required time limit.

Will there be a sequel?
Slow down! We haven’t even released it yet!

Will it have subtitles/will it be dubbed in my language?
There is no dialogue, so there won’t be any need for subtitles or dubbing.

What are the characters’ names?
Sherwin (red hair) and Jonathan (dark hair). And sometimes we call the Heart Shirley :)

How old are they?
Around 13 or 14

Did you change Jonathan’s ethnicity?
Yes! While we were designing the characters, our only consideration was that Jonathan’s eyes be (dreamy) blue. But when we got into production, we made a few adjustments so that Jonathan was mixed Latino. Esteban was born and raised in Mexico, and we wanted to give an extra personal touch to the character.

Can I draw fanart of the characters?
Sure! We’d love to see it if you don’t mind sharing it with us!

Are you still accepting Kickstarter donations?
No, our Kickstarter campaign ended in December. However, if you would like to donate for festival submission fees, we have put a donate button in the sidebar of our tumblr page! There are no rewards attached to these donations, though, so don’t feel obligated!!

Will the Kickstarter rewards still be available to buy?
It’s pretty likely that we’ll open an online store to buy t-shirts and prints, so we’ll let you know if/when that’s available! Thank you for your interest!

Thank you for your support! If you have any other questions, please let us know! <3


So earlier this week we made a presentation about this game concept I’ve been working on for the past two weeks! I am very glad and proud to say at the end of the day we were chosen, along 6 other games, to work on our game with a team of 7 people for all of next year!!

Here is the last current version of the design for the playable character, Abuchi, and her animal companion, as well as a sum up of the design evolution!
Then you have some of my favourite panels from a “storyboard’ I drew for you gameplay situation example o/

Honestly I think Zuke can be an amazing artist when they draw, be it doodles or more serious stuff. I’m not always a fan of their style (slimming characters down for instance) and it still falls prey to the inconsistencies the show has shown recently, but I think it’s still ok. I think my main beef was forcing relationships that screwed up characters’ development and not communicating properly with the other writers (though given comments on the Tiger Philanthropist stuff that seems to be a bigger problem with all the crew). I hope they go on to create amazing things, but I also hope they learn from this and communicate better in the future.


So, I made an Adventure Zone storyboard for a course submission and I got accepted! The course starts tomorrow and is for 6 weeks, so to celebrate, here are some designs for the boys and the first few pages of the storyboard (the scene I chose was from Here There Be Gerblins)!

I was going to time this out to the actual podcast audio and make an animatic but the boards were fit onto quite a small template and my Creative Cloud is broken so I can’t use Premiere right now unfortunately. If it gets fixed I swear I’ll make one and share it! 


hey guys, i’ll be taking just a few commissions in the next couple weeks~

i will do:

  • both fan art and OCs
  • environments
  • comics, storyboards, sequences
  • character designs, turnarounds, & ref sheets
  • 10fps animation under 5 seconds

i will not do:

  • nsfw
  • incest/pedophilia/otherwise abusive content
  • anything i deem to be racist/sexist/transphobic/ableist/predatory/etc
  • mecha (can make an exception for g1 and prime transformers)

i will only be taking on 3-4 clients at this time but i will do pretty much anything you ask of me within these conditions. i reserve the right to reject any request i’m uncomfortable with or otherwise don’t feel i can fulfill.

requests should be sent to with the subject “commission”. i’ll let you know by email if i’m interested and give you an estimate of how long it will take me/how much it will cost.

you can find all my art [here], my animation [here], and just my my hero academia art [here].

have a happy day ~! :)

Whew! Okay so here’s a little scene that’s meant to be part of a larger sequence where Atreyu and Artax are searching for a way to cure the Childlike Empress and stop the Nothing. (Before they enter the Swamps of Sadness and Artax dies.)

I’m going to cut about 90% of this from the final montage, but it was fun to explore the creepy snakes! Also, I think I’m falling in love with snakes and horses. That always seems to happen when I do visual research on a new topic…

Anyway, I cheated a lot of the spatial relationships in this… It felt like a justified sacrifice for visual drama, but I’m curious if anyone finds it jarring or bothersome. Let me know!

I’ll be posting more thumbnails and rough boards on my instagram


The Art of Moana

The Art of Moana is the latest title in our exceptional series showcasing artwork from the creation of Walt Disney Animations’ latest releases. Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world ventured across the Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped—and no one today knows why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Moana is a CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui and together they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. The stunning artwork in this behind-the-scenes book includes character designs, storyboards, colorscripts, and much more.


“Truth in Crimson” Part I: behind the scenes of Detective Conan Movie 21 The Crimson Letter. Here are featured Gosho Aoyama’s storyboards, instructions, character design for Ooka Momiji and her butler as well as scene drawings.

Source: Shonen Sunday Issue 22-23 2017

Detective Conan is property of Gosho Aoyama, Shogakukan, TMS, and Toho productions