I took a class at CDW this last semester called Advanced Projects which was basically let us do whatever sort of project we wanted. I will admit, this concept had it’s roots as a simple schmup game I had been painstakingly learning how to make in Game Maker, but the whole thing got a bit messy so I resorted to just boarding something vaguely inspired by the game. Here’s some vis dev as well as the final sequence. Moral learnt: freakin’ define what you’re making and make a THING. I might go back to this idea in time…who knows.
Since I’m shuffling around my ole’ storyboard portfolio, I’m taking out some of the story sequences I did during my Story Internship at Pixar in 2015. These were done with sharpies & china marker on paper, the old fashioned way. I feel like I’ve improved alot since then. It was a crazy learning experience. Ah, memories.
I did some quick watercolor film studies of Labyrinth (1986) out of nostalgia. Painting has always been a massive challenge for me, let alone color, but I feel like I’ve improved my eye for color lately.
Also I started filling out this spread a couple of days ago, and only when I came back to it I noticed the David Bowie prompt. We’ll, sketching is the least I can do to commemorate him and his work right?
Awhile ago I stumbled across a cool book called 642 Things to Draw. It’s basically what it sounds like, 600+ prompts for things to draw. I uncovered it while cleaning out my old condo over the holidays. I thought it was about time I made a habit out of tackling this book.
Overall the variety of prompts leave room for some fun storytelling challenges. You’re only limited by what you choose to draw within the frame. It’s nice that some of the panels are rectangular and almost to a storyboard ratio. I feel it’s important to not get ‘stale’ in the subject matter of what you draw, so part of my new (years) goal is to draw a bigger variety of people, places and things. Oh and not to mention work on my storytelling skills, composition and yada yada story artist lingo.
Sitting in the Melbourne airport pouring over this book makes me feel like a kid scribbling in an activity book all over again. It’s surprisingly entertaining to just see where a word prompt & your imagination can lead you. I should try being bored more often.