Here’s a quick update from me about what I have been up to lately.
Let me know what you have been working on in the comments below. As a bonus, let me know what you’re most looking forward to improving about your storytelling this year.
As promised, below are my most recent top 10 tools for storytelling.
- A laptop or tablet you can draw on. I am not calling out any one brand here but my top picks are Wacom Cintiq companion, Ipad Pro with procreate, Microsoft surface pro 4 tablet. If you’re strapped for money, get a used machine of any of the ones above. Having a portable digital drawing tool has been indispensable lately for working on my projects. A desktop machine is great, but having a portable tool will unlock a world of opportunities for jobs. You can get a used Surface pro for $400-600.
- Autodesk Sketchbook Pro. They just released a complete free version. It has some of the best drawing tools of any program on the market. Get it here.
- Adobe CC subscription. Just get it. From After effects to Premiere to Photoshop these tools are solid and just work for any storyboard gig you could have. You can get a student version cheaper here.
- A sketch book. Don’t leave home without it. You can’t go wrong with the classic moleskin.
- Bodies in Motion- by far this is the best figure drawing resource on the internet. Check out our latest talk with creator Scott Eaton here.
- Save The Cat. Great starter book for story structure. Check it out here.
- Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth. I still love Loomis. Check out why this book is still a bestseller for artists.
- Double Macchiato with almond milk. This hits the spot for a late afternoon pick me up and some cafe sketches.
- Instagram. It has become a goto tool for posting your work and getting scene by clients. I get hit up often by clients who need help with jobs. Share the love and follow us on instagram. Show us your instagram storyboards!
- Wake up early. Instead of staying up late, I discovered a better way to avoid distractions is to get up before anyone else around 5 or 6am. Get your day started with the most important drawing task and art project and your whole day will fall into place. Of course you will need to drop that habit of staying up late watching Netflix. Save that for the weekends 🙂