Lounge Singers, Kid
Spy Island (working title)
The Pegasus Question
1. All hand drawn storyboards are a mix of 2B Pencil (Derwent) and ink (a mix of Staedtler fine liners/Papermate Liquid Flair (mainly because both dry black).
2. This story has a bit of a twist to the traditional alien abduction...
1. Created for my Narrative Structure module while at University. We had to illustrate/create a rough layout for a word that was given to us at random.
Mine was Alone.
2. As with all my storyboards I quickly sketch out the basics in an A5 sketch pad with black ink (Gel Ink pens for preference). These generally are about 3cmx2cm in size (not deliberately chosen just a size that I automatically slot in at).
1. This story combines a mix of Japanese and Western teenage cultural influences. At the time of drawing there was a suicide pact streak going through Japanese teenage culture that saw severely depressed teenagers (a mix of reasons, family pressure, future prospects, etc....) ...contacting each other via forums and getting together to commit suicide.6
4. Turns out the University appeared to have sold my work to an advertising company (legally as it was written in to the contract I signed when going on the course).
5. As a few years after I graduated an advert appeared on TV that was damned near frame for frame this work, even down to the alien landscape that she walks out on to.
6. Turns out that it was an international launch campaign for a new alcoholic drink.
7. These are four of the individual slides used in the rough layout animation.
1. This is the storyboard for a pilot episode created for the 2004 Animex animation festival.
2. Set in the near future genetic manipulation is wide spread causing rise to a new raft of afflictions and diseases. The story focuses upon a gene ward nurse who is attacked on a night out with her friends.
3. Infected with a particularly nasty gene virus she goes into hiding.
4. Concerned her friends search for her, looking for clues...
7. Concepts for camera angles and subject motions.
8. Concept scenes.
9. Rough sketches for various components for the animation.
10. Rough scene concepts.
11. Rough scene concepts.
12. Rough scene concepts.
13. Rough scene concept details.
1. Created for a storyboard competition run by Corel (Painter, VideoStudio, etc...) with sponsors including Industrial Light and Magic to name but one.
2. Given a choice of three scripts, the entry could storyboard the entire script or a part of it (entrant choice).
3. I chose Lounge Singers, Kid after skim reading all three as it was the only one that gave rise to some immediate images for the frames.
6. Initial storyboarding was done in an A5 sketch pad with pencil (2B Derwent) and ink.
7. Having worked out what was reasonably feasible within the time I found a good point to stop at.
1. Part of the competition rules stipulated that Painter had to be used to create the final entry (demo version or full release, I used version X which I had already purchased).
2. Throughout the script the colour red was constantly mentioned as being the lounge singer's favourite colour.
3. I decided that the piece would be black and white but anything red (or a tint/shade thereof) would become the signature colour running throughout.
4. I coded the arrows so that white indicated action within the frame...
5. ...and black the camera movement.
6. To break up the regular plodding I introduced panoramic frames for a single scene to give the viewer a netter idea of the scene as a whole.
In the end I came third over all.
1. Love, the extents we go to for this feeling towards family, partners and comrades...
2 - ...and the things that love drives us to, rightly or wrongly.
3 - A big fan of ink based sketching, surprising how much shading to can get out of a flat mark.
1. A series (drama/action/a soupçon of comedy) based around an island which intrigue is an everyday occurrence.
1. Initial storyboard concept, prep stage for the mission.
2. The general story is about humanities first steps into the stars, extrapolating then current technological and theoretical developments into actual technology.
3. In this initial episode it is simply a case of show casing the technology and how cargo would be delivered to the surface of the colony.
4. A slightly tidier version of the initial storyboard.
5. Development sketches for the colony ship.
6. Development sketch for the colonists landing shuttle.
7. Development sketches for the orbital construction yard and colony compound.
1. This story combines a mix of Japanese and Western teenage cultural influences. At the time of drawing there was a suicide pact streak going through Japanese teenage culture that saw severely depressed teenagers (a mix of reasons, family pressure, future prospects, etc....) ...contacting each other via forums and getting together to commit suicide.
2. In these incidents of suicide (they'd get together go up into the mountains and light a burner in their cars, dying by carbon monoxide poisoning). In western culture there's a far more vicious streak to lash out at society, to blame anyone, everyone but themselves for the position that they find themselves in.
3. This story mixes the two, a lonely teenager, bullied, depressed and desperate, angry at the world around him (rightly in some cases).
5. The initial storyboards (what you see here) are all drawn in A5 sketch pads, the average size of a frame is approximately 5cm wide.
6. The reasoning for he size is simply down to speed, I can get what I've got in my minds eye down quickly but with reasonable detail.
7. The drawing style is a mix of block colour and hatching with a smattering of pencil shading.