Tips & Advice 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.
Storyboards: What it Takes – Great series of articles by Larry Latham, based upon a course he taught at Disney.
Griz and Norm: Tuesday Tips – Storyboard & drawing tips from industry professionals. Great stuff.
Karen J Lloyd’s storyboard blog – Tips, advice, interviews – it’s all here!
Story Portfolio Questions & Guidelines – Ted Mathot, Pixar Story Supervisor.
Dreamworks story & design notes – Some great storyboarding tips posted by the super talented Ben Caldwell.
The Art of Storyboarding – Great article featuring examples from Bladerunner, The Thing, Alien, Dracula and more!
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.
DC Cartoon Archive – Collection of storyboards and model sheets from the animated Batman.
Wally Wood’s ’22 panels that always work’
Interviews, Podcasts and Video
Storyboarding at Pixar – John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton explain the storyboarding process.
Animation Podcast – Interviews with some of animation’s greatest talent by Disney animator, Clay Kaytis.
Character Design - Interviews and designs from leading animation artists & designers.
Interview with Pixar Story Animator Jeff Pidgeon – Story Animator on A Bug’s Life, Toy Story and Monster’s Inc.
The Pegbar & Grill – Tim McCourt and Sam Taylor to talk to some of their favourite filmmakers and animation creators.
Splinecast – Podcast interviews with artists and directors working in feature animation (including Brad Bird).
William Simpson – Great Youtube interview with Game of Thrones storyboard/concept artist William Simpson.
Go here for another interview on the BAFTA site, where he talks about his career and background in comics.
J.Todd Anderson – An NBC interview with J.Todd Anderson, storyboard artist for the Coen brothers.
Beginners Guide to Shooting a Dialogue Scene - Great short video explaining camera angles, rule of thirds and framing in simple terms. From No Film School.
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
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
This was posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 at 9:37 am
One Response to “Tips & Advice 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