I have been working on an animated Game Grumps cartoon for quite some time now. For those of you that don't know, the Grumps play video games and have funny banter on their channel. Some of their best videos though, are animations sent in by the fans.
My video, is taken from their play through of Portal 2, where Dan is experiencing the game for the first time. As a longtime player of the Portal series, it's great to see someone come in with a fresh mind and get blown away by the mechanics.
So that is what the cartoon will be about. Dan's first time playing the game. Originally I had started this project back at the beginning of 2016. I had made a rough storyboard in Flash and even started the process of working on the final version.
The design style I had for the characters is good. It has the characters personality shining through too, which is also important.
I have a program called Toon Boom Studio that I am using to put the cartoon together. The characters themselves are broken into several smaller pieces, that can be pivoted and rotated as needed for the animation.
Things were going great, when tragedy struck my family. We lost my father-in-law, Shawn, back in February. I shelved the Game Grumps Animated project for a while, and tried to regain my focus, on what kind of projects I wanted to do. But I needed some time off.
When I did get the creative spark again later, I found myself playing with Stencyl instead and working on some light game design. (That's when I made that Taco Dewsday game.) I always knew I wanted to come back to the Game Grumps cartoon though.
I had to take some time off the project, so that I could come back with a fresh set of eyes though. I looked over everything I had so far, the storyboards, character designs, and anything else. I also showed off the original storyboard to some friends and got some feedback and input.
The general consensus was, that this cartoon has to be made. Everyone I showed it too, loved it. And you know what, it worked. I got my second wind and picked the project up again. But I also realized that I don't really like the particular art style I had originally designed.
So I decided to start over and make another attempt at the characters. And this is mostly because the design style I had, didn't mesh well with what I saw in my head. It's close, but there is too much detail. I wanted something more... cartoony.
So I scaled down the details, and eventually came up with the sketches above. It has a style that I believe will lend itself better to a Game Grumps animation. My original style, felt more like an Adult Swim show or Archer to me. Something was just off.
After the character design was back to something I was comfortable with, and proud of, I started storyboarding the entire thing again. It's been a few weeks now, and I have finally finished that process. Now I'm ready to begin making the final animation.
Before I get too deep into that process though, I wanted to take a moment to share with you all what I have been doing. I've mentioned the cartoon over on the Podcast and during streams, but until now, there wasn't anything for you to actually see. So it was just my word. Well no more!
As a thank you for taking the time to read this, I'm going to share with you a small preview of my most recent storyboard. It's rough. There is no color. But you can get a good idea for what I'm shooting for.
If you want to leave me your thoughts or feedback, then please do so. (It honestly helps keep me motivated.) I hope you enjoy the preview!