Monday, November 27, 2006

Thoughts on drawing for storyboards-PT 2

So once again, now that I don't have any blogger issues I wanted to dish out part 2 of my tips on drawing for story. These pages were given to the Cal Arts kids a while back and I hope that this can inspire others as well.

the principles that weren't highlighted with visual aid in the last post were;

Line Density
Perspective and overlap
and Leaning the pose

I'm not going to go into heavy detail on these subjects, so I hope these pages are treated more like cheat sheets to remind us of the principles.

The "letter" panels on the left, really helped me understand this idea.

Leaning in the pose was something that Walt Stanchfield always knocked into my head. Certainly the straight poses in my examples have a place in this world but an ever so slight lean or a large lean, in any drawing helps give movement and wieght. Bill Peet does this constantly.

Once again, the perspective panels I drew were really more of a cheat sheet idea to remind us to overlap within perspective. Otherwise the drawings can be flat such as in the example third panel down on the right.

And last a few quick examples of high constrast and rhythm


mark kennedy said...

Thanks for posting this stuff, Dave, I can't wait for parts 3 through 200.

Just kidding. That would be cool though.

Benjamin De Schrijver said...

Great stuff, I'm definitly learning from it! Thanks a lot

Matt Ferguson said...

These are great. Concise and clear. Wow, the bloggosphere is quickly becoming film school part 2. Thanks for this.

Jenny Lerew said...

Hee--Mark's right! Where's the rest?
You know--the entire contents of the last decade or so? You see? It's all a slippery slope--but whatta slope!
; )

Love it!

Doron Meir said...

Thanks for the tips. The leaning principle was especially interesting to me.

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warren said...

You guys mean there's more? a LOT more?

need help getting closer to that slope...?

Randeep Katari said...

Wow, Mr. Pimentel...thanks. We just entered the "let's reboard our entire film" aspect of our project, so this helps SO much and is a great little handy cheat sheet for keeping these principles in mind. Can't thank you enough, it's safe to say that I've learned more from you and Mr. Kennedy (among others that I encountered there) this year than anyone else. Thanks, and can't wait til the next one.


C.Deboda said...

Very helpful. Thanks so much for posting. Looking forward to more.

TS said...

Uber cool man!

One of the things that is super important that Mr. Pimentel (can I call you Dave), that is Dave, is doing in these is to always use a quick perspective plane to lay things in on. He also drops the plane above or below the center of the frame depending on what he needs to keep the composition from being static.

Funny thing about humans is that when we draw we usually have a tendency to want to make things sort of even and static when in reality nature is inherently uneven and organic. Think of it like this: no one stands straight up and down like a robot. Why would you want to make a robotic drawing without contrasts in shape, angle, posing, etc?

Give me more!

Bill Robinson said...

These are some of the best tips I have ever gotten about staging and composition. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and helping to improve animation everywhere. :D

Ajay Karat said...
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Ajay Karat said...

Just what the doctor ordered. Glad there are many cheat-sheets for Storyboarding. Much Appreciated :D

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