September 20, 2014 at 3:25 PM #7241
In preparation of our “getting hired” segments, I’ve been thinking more about what a professional sees when they look at your portfolio. I’ve selected a few boards, some of which are professional and added what I imagine a hiring manager or “pixar” person thinks. We all have different styles, but we all want to tell better stories, right? Let know what you think, and what you see when you look at these boards.
Amazing portrayal of action. though there is a lot of information, there are few lines and only 2 levels of shading. I can easily see how these boards would still work without shading. The added motion lines provide just the right amount of additional information I need to understand the speed and pace of the scene. Foreshortening and perspective is exaggerated, but accurate. This guy/girl understands camera lenses and film anatomy. If needed, he/she could draw new scenes quickly or change camera angles.
Great angles and communication of story, but are these boards too detailed and overworked? I look at them and think each panel took a while to draw. This artist would need a lot of time to draw new frames if the story took a different direction. This artist would have slower turnaround time than if he/she were to draw more simplistic. Are the small details in the background necessary? Is the color necessary. Does artist does not know how to draw fast?
Comic book illustrator looking for a job as storyboard artist. Unable to break from “comicbook-style”. Slow. Too much detail. Perfect anatomy, but too much information is shown. Show me more of the action with less detail and larger number of boards. Characters need breathing room.
(Of course I’ll have nice things to say about this one) Great communication of action and story. Backgrounds are quickly doodled in for reference and not overworked. Blur is added to foreground character and gives sense of depth without adding shading. Illustrator understands camera lenses. Extremely simplified, but very clear anatomy. The story reads clearly there is no extra information in the drawing that doesn’t help communicate the scene. This artist draws fast and effectively. He/she draws fast and could do new panels with a quick turnaround.September 24, 2014 at 7:54 AM #7287
Awesome post you started.
One thing to point out is the various styles of storyboards. Some are more finished others more cartoony etc. Each serves a specific purpose. Some of the samples above seem to be the traditional live action style boards which serve mostly as inspirational pieces and almost concept art.
What I want to push on everyone is a sense of narrative storytelling with drawings. You should eventually be capable of doing all types of drawings, but I find the narrative decision making the hardest since its more than just drawing well.
Take a look at some Jane Wu avenger boards that are for live action but also make story and camera decisions:
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