Recently I discovered the blog of Russian storyboard artist Vitalik Shushko. I asked Vitalik to tell me about his career:
"I learned about storyboards in the beginning of 2000 thanks to the additional materials (bonus features) on DVD disks... before that I had not even heard the word "storyboard". Having looked at an enormous quantity of disks with "additions" to favourite films and cartoon films I made some accurate samples of storyboards."
"I found a job in video game production... I was tasked with doing storyboards for game cutscenes."
"Since childhood I dreamt of being an animator or to one day draw comics. Now I create illustrations for books, I do covers for magazines, I create concept art for video games and sometimes I do animation for advertising."
Vitalik skills are even more impressive when you learn that he is only 29 - and has been drawing storyboards for just 4 year. his first project in video game boarding was "Biker Mice from Mars", which we will look at in another post on another occasion.
These frames were drawn for a PSP game called "Coded Arms: Contagion"
Among those artists who most inspire him, Vitalik cites "Glen Keane, Matsumoto Norio, Katsuhiro Otomo, Tatsuyuki Tanaka and... a lot of other gifted artists and animators."
Many thanks to Vitalik for sharing some samples of his excellent work with us - I promise to post more in the near future.
Vitalik writes, "I can not imagine how to live without comics and animation."
* Vitalik's blog