Links and Tips for Storyboarding & Illustration
People occasionally get in touch asking for advice about storyboarding and how to become a storyboard artist. There’s plenty of crazily talented people out there explaining it a lot better than I ever could, so I thought I’d put up a list of links, articles, podcasts and books that I’ve found useful.
I’ll keep adding to this list and if anyone has any cool sites to add please chip in! – Ad
Animation Meat – Animation and storyboarding notes from Spumco, The Simpsons, Brad Bird and more.
Character Design - Interviews and designs from leading animation artists & designers.
Dreamworks story & design notes – Some great storyboarding tips posted by the super talented Ben Caldwell.
Idea Generation – Interesting guide to idea generation for illustration by Jillian Tamaki – great NY based illustrator.
Secrets of the Self Employed – (or How to be an Amazing [insert profession here]) by Keri Smith.
What advice would you give to a graphic design student? – from designer, writer and illustrator Frank Chimero.
Super Obvious Secrets That I Wish They’d Teach In Art School – Super obvious secrets from Phil McAndrew.
Storyboards: What it Takes – Great series of articles by Larry Latham, based upon a course he taught at Disney.
Karen J Lloyd’s storyboard blog – Tips, advice, interviews – it’s all here!
Living Lines – This site is packed with animation production art and storyboards.
DC Cartoon Archive – Collection of storyboards and model sheets from the animated Batman.
Disney model sheets – Model sheets, concept art and storyboards at the Unofficial Disney Archive.
Wally Wood’s ’22 panels that always work’
Interviews and Podcasts
Animation Podcast – Interviews with some of animation’s greatest talent by Disney animator, Clay Kaytis.
Interview with Pixar Story Animator Jeff Pidgeon – Story Animator on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story and Monster’s Inc.
Interview with Christian DeVita – Lead storyboard artist on Fantastic Mr. Fox. I ♥ that movie.
Splinecast – Podcast interviews with artists and directors working in feature animation (including Brad Bird).
I’ve found all of these books helpful (none of them are expensive):
The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams
Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner
Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative by Will Eisner
How to be a graphic designer without losing your soul by Adrian Shaughnessy
The Drawing Book by Sarah Simblet
How to be an Illustrator by Darrel Rees
Don Bluth’s Art Of Storyboard by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman
Best of Draw! Volume 1, available at Twomorrows Publishing
Film & animation resources (UK):
4RFV – UK Film & television directory.
Skillset – Animation training and education; careers advice and industry information.
Shooting People – Independent filmmaking network.
Artists and blogs:
Temple of the Seven Golden Camels – Storyboarding and drawing blog by Mark Kennedy.
Drawn – Blog devoted to illustration, cartooning and drawing.
Storyboard Central – Great advertising comp and storyboarding blog.
Stuff I did – Dreamworks storyboard sequences and lots of other fun stuff from Toby Shelton.
Motionographer – All the latest in motion graphics & animation.
This was posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 at 9:37 am
One Response to “Links and Tips for Storyboarding & Illustration”
Miroslaw Urbaniak Says:
I think there should be two more links in this useful gathering:
Animation – ASIFA Animation Archive http://www.animationarchive.org/
And for illustrators very good blog on art and illustration: http://illustrationart.blogspot.com/ by David Apatoff