Yet To Come - BTS fan collaboration

A Discord server I’m in help a fan collaborations for the band BTS, where fans collaborated to make a fan video for BTS’ new single “Yet To Come”. I was lucky enough to be able to take part in two different parts of the video, the intro animation, as well as a part of the music video itself.

An image showing a red piano surrounded by bits of greenery, but it all stands in the middle of a desert.

Music video graphics

Media: Digital.

As a stand-alone illustration this image highlights how music can bring inspiration when inspiration might have seemingly dried up, and how inspiration can sometimes seem like an oasis in a desert. Though, from a music standpoint, it also shows how new music can work in a similar way for fans of an artist. The image shown here isn’t a copy of what’s in the video itself, but rather representation of what the image would look like should I have made it as an illustration.

So my role in this collaboration was as a graphics artist. Which means I provided the idea, storyboards, and the graphics. When I was done my work was sent off to one of the VFX artists who animated it, and it turned out so well! As graphic artists we got to pick what part of the song we wanted to work with, which was split into several smaller pieces. We could choose to work away from the lyrics themselves, or parts of the official music video. And for me one of my favourite parts of the “Yet To Come” music video was the part featuring this red piano in the desert. I just loved the imagery, and the symbolism, that I went into a bit more earlier, and wanted to work with these concepts in my part of the video as well.

A two second animation animation that morphs from grey, into a bus shelter, which then morphs into a capital T, which then gets added stripes and morphs back to grey.

Intro animation

Media: Frame by frame animation hand drawn in Procreate.

When we were accepted into the project, they took aside some of the illustrators, and asked if we’d be up for creating a two second animation for the intro of the video. At the beginning the words “Yet To Come” are spelled out, and each letter is themed around a different BTS album. The letter I got was T which was linked to BTS’ “Wings” and “You Never Walk Alone” albums. While I technically could have picked one of er the other, I chose to work with both albums. I wanted to reflect the album art, so from the “You Never Walk Alone” album I picked the bus shelter, and I chose the stripes in one of the four circles on the cover of “Wings”. Initially I wanted to loop through the four circles on the “Wings” cover, but the two seconds were far too short to do that.