How do you put together a great Storyboard Artist portfolio? Pixar Story Artist Ted Mathot has some great advice...
Storyboard Revisionist Portfolio TipsEven if you’re just starting out to be a revision artist, the most important items in your portfolio will be your storyboard samples. The main reason why is that the studio will be looking for someone that they know can eventually grow and develop into the role of a full storyboard artist. The only way you can demonstrate that is to have a few samples in your portfolio.
A storyboard revisionist is much more than a cleanup artist; they have to know how storyboards and film language work — a director might ask a revisionist to “restage this sequence and make it work.” A revisionist has to be well-versed in the art of storyboarding to interpret that kind of vague and common request (I ask my crew to do this sort of thing all the time).
Many artists that are just starting out don’t have any storyboard samples, but there is a surefire remedy for that: Go make some
You can create your own storyboard samples based on stories you come up with, or “borr
Great Storyboarding Tutorials from Codename:KNDSome fanTAStic storyboarding tutorials from Codename: Kids Next Door storyboard artist/director Guy Moore. This stuff is practical real-world training that WILL improve your storyboarding skills if you put them into practice. See all 21 generous pages at
Thanks to KND creator Tom Warburton for sharing this treasure
Nickelodeon's changing job requirements...Looks like Nickelodeon is easing up on their usual policy of 3-5 years experience needed for storyboarding jobs. I know that always frustrates new artists trying to get in to the field. A new job post separates the requirements into "Basic Quaifications" (which I assume means that they're required) and "Desired qualifications" (Which sounds to me like its preferred, but not a deal-breaker). Now they desire only 1 year of experience, but they add: "and/or training on a similar show; or equivalent combination of education and experience." The bottom line is that studios just want someone good and reliable, but they don't want to swim through an ocean of amateurish portfolios from people that are clearly not prepared for the job.
see http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH05/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=MTVNETWORKS&cws=1&rid=6392 and http://nickanimationstudio.com/jobs/current-openings/
Bee and PuppyCat Original Pitch STORYBOARDBee & PuppyCat Original Pitch STORYBOARD by Natasha Allegri -- COMPLETE 122-pg PDF at http://bit.ly/BeePuppyBoard
A great way to study and improve is to compare your own work to the best of what's out there
Taking Requests: ToonBoom Storyboard Pro TutorialsHello fellow storyboard artists...I've started a new series of Quick Tips videos for users of Toon Boom Storyboard Pro. I'm taking requests for tutorial topics, so if you'd like to suggest a topic for a Toon Boom tutorial video, please visit the page at https://www.facebook.com/DigitalStoryboarding and leave your request in the comments!
Thanks! ...and See you there...
Digital Illustration TutorialI made this tutorial back in 2010 as a pitch for a project that never took off. I finally decided I should just bundle it up as a PDF and upload it for anyone who wants to see it. It's old and the image quality isn't super great, but it covers my process from idea creation, composition, adding color, all the way to the final draft, and there might be something useful in there for some of you.
Download the tutorial here!
If you are considering going into the industry....If you are an artist or want to be one, especially if you want to get into the VFX industry, you should watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lcB9u-9mVE&feature=youtu.be
It touches on a few things I feel are important to understand as an artist and even as consumers of art:
1.) Art is not an exact science. It can be difficult to put a price tag on it, let alone the often very complicated processes of making it.
2.) Computers are tools that facilitate our work but they DO NOT do the work for us.
3.) Don't get into this industry for the money. If you go into this line of work, you do it because you love it. If someone happens to get lucky or has a really great idea and he/she hits it big, GREAT! Good for him/her. But don't go in expecting that to happen to you. Chances are it won't. If you are lucky, you will find a nice middleclass job you can support yourself and your family on for a while...... until....
4.) Unfortunately, a lot of employers see artists as disposable. When
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This was a question was a response to a 10 random facts that I did on tumblr. ^^ And dear lord did this entry turn out to be a behemoth…
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Contest 23 - Historical Disney
And the winners are...
In the Judge's Section:
Chosen by :iconmistytang::iconzimeta::iconshoomlah:
Give me your voice by Khioora
What the judges were saying: "Khioora's piece definitely jumped out at me when I was first browsing through the entries- it's a striking illustration, granted, but I was also taken with the integration of both 1830's fashion, and Romantic period portrayals of mermaids with more delineated legs. I'm not a huge fan of fashion in the 1830's, but I'll be the first to admit that it's a blast to draw; I think Khioora did a great job of capturing the so-called "Waist and Extravagance" of the period with both her characters' overall silhouette, and her general detailing of the costume. Great stuff!"~ shoomlah
Contest 25 - Heroes, Villains, and Sidekicks In the Heroes and Sidekicks Section:
In the Judge's Section
What the Judge's Were Saying: We really loved the designs and the story sounded intriguing! It seems like a great off-beat story for Disney to do with charming characters everyone is sure to fall in love with. Congratulations on first place!
What the judges were saying: We adored the idea of Laura and her cow, an historical story of a girl dragging her delightful cow across the country in a quest for peace. Absolutely wonderful idea! We'd LOVE to see it on the big screen - great material!
What the judges were saying: The powerful designs and great characters combined
Is This A Hate Message? Please read -Is this a hate message? Please read and have your say on the subject -
So I just received this note to my inbox here on DA:
"David you are a blessed young man with TREMENDOUS talent ppl can only hope to aspire to but a spirit that has been hurt by so many ppl over "who you are". If u trusted and believed God like u say you do then trust Him when He says youre sexuality is not okay. u get scared because you dont know howw to"get rid of it" but its a spirit, i garuntee you. A member of a local church i know of had been delivered from that homosexual spirit that plauged Him for years!!! You may think it cant be done but if you believe in Jesus Christ and have accepted Him then there is NOTHING He can't do!!I say this with all the Love in my heart. God wants to bless you and turn you into a message for lost souls all around too^^"
How lovely it is to see that people hid their true thoughts behind compliments and smiley faces...
At the end of the day, act
A tumblr blog for those of you who wants critiquedEdit: alright, thanks guys so much for the great feedback . we're slowly working our way through your critique-requests.
Critique submission is closed for the moment because there are so many requests coming at once and there's only like...9 of us critiquing and one of them is a writer. keep following us though, cause I'm sure as we finish critiquing them, we'll open it up again
here's the blog: http://critcorner.tumblr.com
This is a blog where a bunch of artists will be critiquing those who submit their work/projects in, so if you want your work critiqued, go on that blog : D
I'll be critiquing on it too ~~ Well, mostly the ones needing human anatomy help and asking for red-lining xDD;~ but there's peeps who can help with animals, composition, colours and stuff too .
please note that it might take a bit of time for all of us to get through and critique it thoroughly, especially since we're all pretty busy people as well .
ps. this isn't my tumblr, this is just a c
Woofs Are Serious, So SeriousThis is something I've said before, but that was probably well over a year ago when there were less people to see it.
I don't want people to stop drawing. Anyone, no matter how doofy or weird.
Bad art is still art, and I love bad art.
I don't hate ANY of the art I redraw or fav. All of it brings a smile to my face and it's always a sadness when it gets deleted due to flooding.
I don't redraw things to "make a statement" or "stick it" to someone, I do it because it's funny to me. And sometimes it's funny to me to redraw something by an obvious bait account or something "not that bad".
None of my work is malicious, it was all done with a light heart.
Woofs are for shits and giggles, a woof is not a weapon.
Bad art doesn't lower DA's quality, NON-art lowers its quality. Screenshots, traced bases, demotivationals, photobucket dumps, these are anti-art. Nothing new was created, only submitted. In the case of traced bases; de-created and submitted.
So please settle down a bit when you
Contest: Crossovers! As kids, we often mashed our toys together, regardless of Copyright. Superman would take command of G.I. Joe to defeat the combined forces of Doctor Doom and the Decepticons, while Barbie took a break from her idealistic lifestyle to become a Pokemon master. And the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles got recruited into Starfleet and taught Spock the wonders of pizza. (And from the furor arose Mister Rogers in a blood-stained sweater.)
And thus, the Crossover was born. It's something we never really outgrew, either. To this day, seeing our favorite characters from different stories meet and compete is a guilty pleasure that we all like to indulge in. So now's your chance to indulge yourselves for prizes!
I fail at artI was going trough old binders and found some of my ancient "art". Some of it was hilariously bad so of course, being shameless as I am, now it's time to share.
This is how I was drawing when I was a teenager, something around 15-17.
Behold my weaboo phase! Yes, I was drawing animu. I never got a good grip on that style so it's all hideous.
kawaii desu ne?
That hand. That space between eyes. That fabric, hair, expression, composition ...well everything.
The next few images I would call "look at me, imma ahrtis for realz" series.
Deep. Deep as a puddle.
Remember kids. If you fail at anatomy just add random lines. Random ass lines make everything better. Yep.
Just look at this person's face. Don't you want to punch it? I do, so very very much.
Dear, sixteen years old akreon, you fucking suck. Don't ever come back.
Getting a First Storyboarding GigThis question came in from Twitter today: "How would I go about getting a first storyboarding gig?" I thought I'd put my answer on the blog so others can read it too. Here it is:
When I was starting out I had absolutely no idea how to look for work myself. It ends up being different for everybody. The big thing when I was starting out was to make sure LOTS of people saw my work. This was before the Internet got started, so I was working on my college newspaper, making comics and showing them off at conventions. It was meeting a Ren & Stimpy director at a convention that helped me get my start. He liked my comics, and he told me all about how storyboarding for TV works.
The main thing that helped me get started was that I got my work OUT THERE where people could see it. That's a million times easier to do now than ever before; no publishing costs too get your work see by countless people through blogs and Facebook and Twitter, etc.
Here's a crazy story: last year I came across a guy on
When did you start drawing? | All kids draw if you wedge a marker in their stubby paws, I just never stopped. I was a VERY shy kid with no self-respect whatsoever, I latched onto art almost immediately as a source of praise and redemption. Now that I have cheapened my lifelong love of art into a form of surrogate self-worth, the real answer is twelve. That summer a combination of questioning my future career, reading too many art books, and falling suddenly in love with Disney movies went critical, and I decided I wanted to be an animator. I committed myself from then on to taking drawing seriously. (Not long after that Disney culled its 2D feature film studios. I decided to pretend like that didn't happen, or might be reversed.)
How did you start drawing? | First, at midnight, I spread the entrails of a freshly killed weasel on the altar of the Mighty Satan... Ah. No, sorry. That was how I got my good looks.
I started drawing in serious by cleaning the local libra
PE: Want to be a `Senior or ^CV?Community Week
»So you want to be a `Senior or ^Community Volunteer?«
Than follow your goal! Nobody will stop you.
Hello! I will tell you a bit about the basics on how to become a Senior or Community Volunteer.
The fine finishings and last step to be a Senior or Community Volunteer you must accomplish by your own.
Seniors are chosen by fourteenthstar. She reviews each Senior suggestion you send to her as a note and posts a Seniority Announcement Journal with a list of deviants she choosed who deserve a Seniority `tick. There is no set schedule for when these announcements occur.
Seniority Announcements 2013
January 13, 2013
But how do you FINALLY get on this list?
The basic information in short is told in
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