Tuesday Tip - Beat Boards / Storyboards
It can be a daunting task to just “start storyboarding”. Because there’s so many things to think about when storyboarding, we all need a roadmap to know where we are going. Beat boards are not even the first step to creating a story, but it’s often the clearest way to pitch an early concept to someone. It’s also very useful to plan out the larger beats of a large physical sequence (action, chase, etc.). This way, you don’t have to go on a limb for a week or two and have to redo it all if it doesn’t work. They’re sort of like your Key Poses in animation, but put on a story scale. Does that make sense? Message me if you have any questions or suggestions about future posts.
Here is a comic I made for the newest issue of Broken Pencil Magazine (#60, summer 2013).
Note: I ignored most of my own advice to get this thing done.
Update: I cross-posted this to my regular blog so that it’s a readable size, and not that crappy, microscopic tumblr size.
This is a much healthier approach to making a career in comics than my patented “work 40 hours a week and try to maintain a social life while ALSO working on making a career in comics” approach.
Notes from the Rad How To Blogspot
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The early years of an artist’s development are often spent hammering out basic foundation skills. These will serve as the core of all that they create. During this time, the artist should not be terribly preoccupied with questions of style, vision, direction, brand, etc. We have to stand before we walk and bypassing the basics rarely does anybody any good in the long term. Of course, it’s the style and vision of other artists which inspired most of us to become artists in the first place, so the temptation to follow in those footsteps (with or without doing the necessary prep work) is always lingering… Read More
We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.
You guys, this is such a great chart especially for budding writers. Sometimes it’s more effective to show a character being bored or excited or shocked without explicitly saying so.
Where had this been all my life?
This isn’t just useful for writing, this is an absolute lifesaver for people with Asperger’s syndrome and other disorders
I needed this.
Quick 50 Writing Tools - Roy Peter Clark
Some good info on here.