January 23, 2014 at 3:39 AM #6389
My name is Derek Jones and I’m trying to get my foot in the door. I was wondering if anyone here would kindly take a look at my work and point me in the right direction. Here is my portfolio. http://www.derekjonessketchbook.com I know my boards are a little too finished but I was wondering if I even have a chance so to speak or what else I might be able to do to improve. I know there is a half hour critique but to be honest I don’t know if I’m ready for that. With that all said, I’d really appreciate any feed back even if it’s just a sentence. 🙂
DerekJanuary 23, 2014 at 8:52 AM #6390
Hey Derek, Although I’m not an animation story artist (which is what it seems you’re after), I do board for commercials and it’s a lot of the same principles. It seems you’ve got the right idea of the style you want your boards to look. But if I could tell you to focus on a few things, it would be dynamic camera angles, gesture and some good old anatomy. Anatomy is one of those things you could study a life time and hardly master, but the more the better. I’d definitely grab a book like Peck’s Atlas of Anatomy or anything like the Famous Artist Course and just draw all those bones and muscles a few times over! I know when I dragged myself to draw a whole anatomy book it seemed super daunting, but it was kinda fun and I grew exponentially better.
Good pose/gesture work is something that would definitely make you leap forward into the animation story artist’s realm. Practice drawing people in under 10 seconds. Just keep loosening up! When you think it’s loose already, loosen up more! Action is the key to selling your boards.
Finally, grab a book on cinematography, or one of my favorites, Framed Ink. It would really help sell your camera angles. Sergio’s classes on boarding are awesome at that. REALLY try experimenting with dynamic angles. It seems a lot of your shots are straight on. Try super low shots, POV shots, Bird’s eye view, just keep changing up the shots to add variety. You’ll be surprised at how much more exciting your boards get by just lowering the camera angle. And don’t forget your depth of field! Try to incorporate 3 plains of depth as often as possible. I saw you did that in some of your shots, particularly in Igor. Your storytelling is pretty good in there!
Sorry to bog you down with so much, but I hope some of it helps! I can see that you’re passionate and on the right track. Just keep working on that foundation and keep challenging yourself! You’ll be great!
BryanJanuary 24, 2014 at 3:48 AM #6391
Thanks Bryan! I’ll work on some more boards here. I Own Sergio’s book and it’s awesome. I’ll have to check out his video tutorials. Originally I’ve been working with a good friend of mine Moroni Taylor from Blue Sky Studios (Ice age, Epic) He made the comment to me that my art did not yet really look like a board artist yet. So I’m trying to learn a little more so that I can surprise him with some improvement and get a job in the field! Yet that’s proving to be difficult at the moment since I have no real professional experience. I’ll keep plugging along though. Thanks again, I really appreciate the feedback!
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