Sunday, September 12, 2010

Going Digital: Story Sketches (HTTYD) 2006

It was during my stint on HTTYD that the DreamWorks story department began it's transition from traditional boarding with pen and paper, to digital boarding on Wacom Cintiqs loaded with Photoshop. Like most of my colleagues, I was eager to try out this new technology, so I jumped in with both feet.

These panels are taken from one of my first digitally drawn sequences. Alas, the sequence ended up in the recycle-bin, but the die was cast -- I had traded my Sharpie for a stylus and there was no turning back!

23 comments:

  1. this is gorgeous, thanks for sharing Toby!

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  2. Yeah, thanks for sharing! Your drawings are so much fun!

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  3. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this whole section!

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  4. amazing, really cool storyboards. thank you for sharing these!

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  5. this is just great! love the personality and expression!

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  6. these are simply beautiful! thanks for sharing with us!

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  7. wow it blows me away that these were done in photoshop.

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  8. !! Superchulo! i like y todas esas cosas! no hablo inglés, asi que no tiene mucho sentido que siga tecleando.
    El trabajo de un maestro.

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  9. Adorable story drawings! I absolutely love that you are able to share these with others on your blog. Kathy Altieri came to my college last year and gave us the run down of all the story/art-style changes that HTTYD went through. It's really nice to see the ideas you guys boarded before the story was scrapped and re-done. :D! Thank you!!

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  10. I don't know if this question has been asked already, and if so a thousand apologies, but, I noticed for a lot of your boards, especially more of the establishing/environment shots, you tend to do a rough perspective drawing for the ground plane. Do you do this during thumbs as well or is this just when you get to a more finished point, do add depth?

    Thank you either way. These are really great to dissect and see why they are so appealing/work so well and just plain win at LIFE.

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  11. Wow, awesome sketches! Congrats! :D

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  12. Alejandra, in response to your question above. What you're referring to is the proverbial "grid" that many of us use. These grids are drawn quickly and loosely as a way to indicate not only perspective but: screen direction (left, right axis)and camera angle (up-shot, down-shot). It also helps establish a ground plane for your action so that characters don't appear to be floating. A grid can even suggest lens variation (i.e. wide-angle, telephoto, etc.) Remember, they are loose approximations only, not to be labored over. "Down and dirty", as they say.

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  13. AWESOME, AWESOME storyboards. If I could bold, italicize that and blow it up to a size beyond what your computer monitor has room for, I would.

    One more time, AWESOME.

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  14. Wow! Everything you draw is gorgeous! Im taking commercial animation at capilano university, and I really would like to focus on storyboarding. Is there any advice you could give to someone to focus on, in their last year of school? Also do you have any books out?

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