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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Thoughts on drawing for storyboards-PT 4

Make those pupils read!

I've been seeing a lot of portfolios in the past few weeks and one of the things that really stands out to me is the lack of prominent pupils in story boards.

Strong, definite and clear eye direction is extremely important when it comes to boards. It allow us to see the thinking behind the character. All too often I see boards with huge eye circumference and tiny pupils, and it's really hard to see into that character's thoughts. I understand that there are different character designs out there but, story boards should be "read from across the room" even in this digital age. We look at the eyes first- and that allows us to see into that characters soul, his/her internal struggle. If I can impart anything to anyone who is putting together a portfolio or working on story boards at all...

Darken those pupils! Make them read!

19 comments:

Jeremy Bernstein said...

Amen brothah! Nice pupils!

David Scott Smith said...

wOw! I am a pupil of your pupil's ...
they grab you and don't let go.

As well I particularly love your Paradise Cove sketches.

cdeboda said...

Very good advice and great drawings too. Thanks!

bboy said...

nice drawings, interesting advice, thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

Good point!

It's funny how the simplest things to get across are often so difficult. Placing those eyes and really having them look exactly where they should be looking for maximum impact...it can be easy to fall off there. When it's just right, it does so much for the scene. Thanks for the reminder. : )

Bill said...

Hooray for more storyboard tips! Good advice, thank you.

Andreas said...

Good thoughts. It is often the simplest of things that get the point across the best. Thanks.

andy said...

Great stuff Dave, another nugget of wisdom, cheers!

Todd Oman said...

interesting observation I will keep that in mind if I try and do some boards.

Alina Chau said...

Great character expression! So animated!

rusty miller said...

hey dave,

a lot of inspiring and insightful posts. you don't know how much you have helped me out. thanks for sharing your wisdom!

rusty

Scott Morse said...

You're kickin' ass as always, Dave. See you soon, I hope!

scottmorse.blogspot.com

X2B said...

do u do X-Men Evolutiona art?

Goobeetsablog said...

Excellent blog.
The draw-overs of the Peet and Moore drawings are invaluable. Thanks for taking the time to do that.

I really enjoyed looking at your and the work of your students.

Jenny said...

Hey, YOU!

'Bout time for an UPDATE!!!!

And well, well well--Morse! Throw ME a bone, won't you, old man? A comment, anything! What the hell is going on up there? How's Barry? Lou? Don? Anyone?
You should come have lunch with me and Dave P. and boy, I'll tell you some stories.


Sheesh!

MisterZoobadoo said...

great thoughts. Love the blog. This stuff is inspiring. My pupils can't quite focus right now, but they will in the morning.

dany boom said...

most true ! make those pupils read !

after i read your post i went back to the board im doing and did a " pupil pass " so to speak and teh thing was vastly improved.

great stuff also !

dany

Yeti said...

Well put. In the push for story deadlines my drawings often get rushed. That small dot makes all the difference. Thanks for the reminder.

Amy said...

I find that when I'm thumbnailing the layouts for a graphic novel, the little shorthand scribbles of characters and their faces 'feel' better than the final artwork.
There's something to be said for artwork that HAS to be done quickly with no time to labour or micro-stress about it.
But yes, gotta have those pupils focussed JUST right.