Drawing for Storyboards


This is a fun, engaging course that will teach you how to draw for Animation Storyboards.

First, you’ll learn how to draw characters – how to draw good expressions and poses

From there, you’ll learn the best approaches to drawing suggested backgrounds for your boards – from rough blocking, to adding perspective, and how to draw depth and space in your panels.

You’ll also learn the best practices for story artists – these are the top directors’ tips and I’ll share them with you so that you know what is expected of professional story artists.

I’ll also share with you some sample storyboards of other students in the course series – this is going to be an amazing opportunity for you to not only see diverse examples of different styles of drawing; but importantly, to see how fellow students are approaching their assigments, and working.

There is an opportunity in this course to complete assignments and exercises for each of the topics covered; plus at the end, the class project for this course is to take a page of script and storyboard it out entirely yourself. I’m going to give this project to you as though you were working for a studio – so you’ll get model sheets and layouts, as well as the script and then it’s over to you to put everything that we’ve covered in the course into practice.

What you’ll learn

  • Become a storyboard artist
  • Learn the ways of drawing boards for animation
  • Animation principles and design
  • Character design, character posing and expression
  • How to draw for animation
  • How to draw suggested backgrounds
  • Understand and apply perspective to your board panels

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In-Depth Guide for How to Draw for Storyboards and Animation




Section 1: Introduction
Tips for Drawing on Paper
Drawing on Paper Demo
Scanning your Artwork

Section 2: Drawing Character
Intro to drawing characters
Shape Language
Character Posing
Drawing Emotion
Character Pose Sheet

Analyzing Student work: Characters

Section 3: Drawing Backgrounds
Blocking in Backgrounds
Fundamentals of Perspective
Depth, Scale and Tangents

Analyzing Student Work: Backgrounds

Section 4: Drawing Sequences
Intro to Drawing Sequences
Review of Shots and Angles
Directors’ Tips for Storyboard Artists

Analyzing Student Work: Sequences