Six episodes down, four to go...

The past few weeks we’ve been working on the Game of Thrones/Anime South Park trilogy, and suffice to say, we’re pretty exhausted now that they’re over. It’s a good feeling of tiredness, though, knowing that we contributed to such an epic, visually challenging show. From storyboarding the massive crowd fight scenes, to creating the anime-esque backgrounds and character expressions, to creating tons of animation key poses, we did it all, and honestly, we’re feeling it!

That’s why, at the end of every run, we make a “Count-Down Chain,” which tells us how many days we have left in the run. When we’re working on a really difficult show, sometimes it’s comforting to know that we can look up and see, “Oh, only 3 days left on this episode!” It kind of keeps things in perspective when the work is feeling overwhelming.

Hope you enjoyed the episodes!

Illustration by Annisa Adjani   

Whenever we get down time, we practice drawing the characters. We’re always trying new directions, trying to find new expressions and gesture for them. Here’s a few pages from our sketchbooks.

From the top:

Butters Rough Gif: Natasha Kline

Page 1: Annisa Adjani

Page 2: Greg Postma

Page 3: Sarah Soh

Page 4: Natasha Kline

It’s almost Halloween! This year, South Park held a trick or treat party for everyone’s kids, so we set up a pumpkin display right in front of the door, along with some other spooky decorations and Halloween-themed music.

LSP Pumpkin: Annisa Adjani

Ed Roth Pumpkin: Tony Postma

South Park Pumpkin: Natasha Kline

Happy Halloween: Sarah Soh

Melty-Face: Keo Thongkham

Richard Pryor: Adrien Beard

Charlie Brown: Greg Postma

As you may have heard, South Park, for the first time in the history of the show, missed an air date! The whole studio was shut down by a power outage. It was definitely a punch in the gut… sort of like running a marathon, seeing the finish line, but then getting hit by a truck right before you cross!

Everyone took it in stride, though. The storyboard department had fun sitting in the dark, joking around and trying to make it a fun situation. Here’s a few shots from the night. (Photos by Sarah Soh)

Lately we’ve been working out and trying to keep fit during the run, even though sometimes we have to work out in the middle of the night after a long day of work! So this week we each animated a little scene with the theme of “Exercise.”

From the top, left to right:

Greg Postma, Annisa Adjani, Natasha Kline, Sarah Soh, Keo Thongkham, Natasha Kline and Annisa Adjani

These are a few samples of character expressions from our storyboards. Sometimes people ask us if we have a stamp for the characters to use while we storyboard since South Park is such a simple-looking show, but in reality, we try to bring as much expression and gesture to the storyboards as possible. We always try to think of new ways to draw the characters and bring our own individual style of humor to the scenario. 

From the top, boards by:

Keo Thongkham (Episode 1609, Raising the Bar)

Greg Postma (Episode 1613, A Scause for Applause)

Tony Postma (Episodes 1506 City Sushi and 1303 Margaritaville)

Sarah Soh (Episode 1608 Sarcastaball)

Annisa Adjani (Episode 1604 Jewpacabra)

Natasha Kline (Episode 1701 Let Go, Let Gov)

Art Direction by Adrien Beard

All images copyright of South Park Studios.

It’s Tuesday night, and we’re just getting started…
Started on Tumblr, anyway. This is a photo of our team- Greg, Tony, Natasha, Adrien, Nisa, Keo and Sarah. We’re the art department from South Park. We make all the pre-production materials for the show- storyboards, background and character designs and even a few animation keyframes.
We’re going to use this Tumblr as a yearbook of sorts, to document our process and progress.
Keep us in your thoughts- it’s gonna be a long run, filled with 120 hour weeks. One episode down… nine to go!

It’s Tuesday night, and we’re just getting started…

Started on Tumblr, anyway. This is a photo of our team- Greg, Tony, Natasha, Adrien, Nisa, Keo and Sarah. We’re the art department from South Park. We make all the pre-production materials for the show- storyboards, background and character designs and even a few animation keyframes.

We’re going to use this Tumblr as a yearbook of sorts, to document our process and progress.

Keep us in your thoughts- it’s gonna be a long run, filled with 120 hour weeks. One episode down… nine to go!