Tuesday, September 04, 2007


It's been a long time since I posted any Danny Phantom artwork and in honor of the airing of the final episode, "Phantom Planet" I dug out some board panels and my original design for "Vortex" the weather ghost and made a model sheet out of them. I spent a lot of time trying to improve my "hand" drawings with these poses so I turned to the trusty mirror I keep by my desk in hopes of getting some more dynamic and unique hand gestures.

Here are some more random panels from my board that didn't really fit into the model sheet I was making.

One of the best parts about boarding is coming up with fun little visual moments not in the script. I thought this moment where Danny meets Vortex for the first time was worth posting. I had created a huge cloud skull where Vortex lived and here is how he came out.


At 6:17 AM, Blogger Dougmian said...

Great job and great design!! I can see the action in this storyboard!

At 7:34 AM, Blogger Tom said...

These are awesome, great designs and boards. The storytelling is really strong. Thanks for sharing!

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Mark McDonnell said...

Ben. Dude. These are so beautiful man. Very nice on many levels. From the character, his shapes, colors, and expressions. Really nice to look at man. Great effects work as well.

You are a complete artist my friend. Thanks for sharing,


At 8:16 PM, Blogger Ken said...

fantastic work! The storyboards are awesome

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I LOVE being able to see boards like this. You're storytelling and sense of the moment is really really strong. Thank you for sharing these!

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Ben Balistreri said...

Thanks everyone, I loved boarding on Danny Phantom. Butch always gave the board artists a lot of lee-way (sp?) to improvise on the script which made it especially fun!

At 5:37 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Great! I'm glad to have found your blog!!
Your artworks are awesome!

At 9:03 AM, Blogger Dougmian said...

Thank you for commenting on in my blog!!

At 3:45 PM, Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Hey dude, firtsly these boards are great!! Secondly, I CAN'T BELIEVE we didn't get to meet you when we came into CN!! It was definitely quite a whirlwind tour and things seemed pretty quite on that day, but if only I'd thought to ask where you were hiding out... DAMN!!

Well there's always next time!!

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

WOW!! SOo many awesome artworks!! U rock!

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Mike Frenette said...

Gotta give it to you man, the green tornado dude is pretty freaking awesome!!! Great colors too.

At 7:08 PM, Blogger Mike Frenette said...

Oh, I really like those poses too! !

SOrry for the double post.

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Howard Shum said...

Cool! Nice energy in this stuff!

At 10:56 PM, Blogger Dave Dick said...

Man I love your stuff!

At 11:58 PM, Blogger Xelu said...

WOW great blog¡¡¡

At 3:05 PM, Blogger Feri-san said...

Great model sheets Ben!!

While watching the episode I did notice more dynamic in Vortex than I had seen in other Danny Phantom villains, so I can say your 'method' with the mirror worked pretty well. I should try it some time.

Loved his design and personality, he was a kickass villain, in my opinion, with many destructive potential, and the design is just awesome-tastic! I've always enjoyed looking at 'behind the scenes' stuff such as storyboards, board panels, character designs, etc, and yours have been one of my favorite displays. You work so clean and precise, it's fantastic :) and it's great to know Butch gave you artists freedom to add stuff. He knwos you guys have potential, so it's better to let you add stuff!!

Keep it up, and good luck with whatever projects you're working on now! (both personal and Studio)


At 11:42 PM, Blogger Josh 'Hat' Lieberman said...

a perfect cloud-skull in 3/4 worms eye!!!! are you kidding me.

These boards are incredible Ben.

At 11:00 PM, Blogger Ducks_own said...


I really admire the ability to design a character, that was my favourite part about Vortex, is he was well drawn/designed. Much kudos!

At 4:09 PM, Blogger Christine said...

Hey! MAJOR congratultions on the Annie nomination for this episode and your awesome storyboarding for it!

Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production


Ben Balistreri – Danny Phantom “Torrent of Terror” – Nickelodeon

:D Here's hoping you'll win~ cuz ur storyboarding is so awesome!!!

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Christine said...


Hay~ I thought Vortex Deserves some fanart cuz his design is so awesome!


:D (I like the original better honestly, but maybe it's easier to animate to make his forearms just green... >_> )


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