Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rapunzel Pt. 2 (2008)

Same sequence -- As Rapunzel beds down for the night, she takes comfort in knowing her secret is safe and that Mother Gothel's  suspicions have been averted. Au contraire! Mother Gothel begins searching for clues around the tower.

You might notice that I switched from drawing with a Chinamarker to a simple black pen at the end of this section. For whatever reason, I seem to default back to drawing in black pen for storyboarding. For one thing, you can lay down a dark tone and still read the lines.

* To clarify -- when I say I switched from "a Chinamarker to a simple black pen", what I mean is, I switched brushes within Photoshop. I don't  mean to imply that I drew any of these with a real Chinamarker or black pen. (I have a custom Chinamarker brush for Photoshop that a friend gave me.) Everything here is drawn digitally in Photoshop on a Cintique. Sorry for any confusion.


  1. Its a beautiful work, very expressive. These characters are alive.

  2. I think that we do not get enough quality animation out there. (or science fiction movies)
    I am very appreciative of artist like you who make it happen. Thank you.

  3. Oh man, it's amazing all that you capture with a few lines, great sequence!! do you draw many passes before you arrive to a final board like this? thx _Diego

  4. These are great, Toby. You really have a way with the characters. To be honest, this looks better than the final film itself. I have to admit, I'm a tad skeptical of the idea that most of your other storyboards were done with Chinamarker. Because, they almost look like something out of Photoshop or Toon Boom. Which isn't a bad thing. Excellent job, sir.

  5. I love your boards! They are so expressive. Thanks for posting so much. Your lines are so simple and direct and you can say so much with so few lines! It's really inspirational!

  6. fantastic. Is there any way to get the settings to create that China Marker brush Toby, or understandably, is that a proprietary so-to-speak?

  7. Thanks for posting all these works of yours! Its really priceless and beautiful!

  8. fantastic work! Both of these posts have a realy tense vibe. I love it! Shame the story went somewhere else. If I may Mr Shelton I actually had a question, being from the industry and having worked at Disney, I was wondering if you could tell me and all other followers of your bog who was responsible for boarding the openning sequence of Hunchback? A real favourite of mine.

  9. Nice work. Very emotional and expressive. Inspires

  10. Dear Mr.Shelton,

    Please keep posting boards like these, it's very educational and inspiring for an art student like me. It's very sketchy and simple but it tells the story really well and smoothly. It's fantastic!

    One question though regarding story artist portfolios : Is it okay to put sketchy and simple storyboards like these ( that tells the story really well ) in my story artist portfolio or should only I put well drawn, solid and detailed storyboard samples first ( that also tells the story really well ) Or should I include both ? I've always been confused by this.

    Again, thank you sir for the wonderful posts.Keep it coming. :)

    1. It's important to tailor you portfolio to fit the type of boarding that you're applying for. For example, TV boards, because they are closely referenced by the animators and layout artists, need to be tightly drawn and on-model with have detailed backgrounds; feature boards, on the other hand, can be drawn more sketchy and loosely drawn since they are part of long on-going process and will likely be tossed out. Feature board-artists are a different breed. They often without designs or script pages,(what some call "Blue-sky Boarding") and are writing the scene as they go.

      It's also important that the work in your portfolio acurately represents what you can do in a resonable amount of time. All board artists work under a deadline and an over rendered board might suggest that you didn't have one.

  11. Toby, this is incredibly inspiring work. The staging, acting, mood... the attitude of a simple stroke. I'm blown away. I know your work, always loved it, but had not seen it that often in storyboards. I plays so well I even hear the soundtrack. Dropped in a while back and meant to comment on your HTTYD post. Anyway, here I am. My blogging flatlined quite some time ago. I must breathe some life back into it. Damn, I want some of them thar brushes. Missed you at the ASIFA WDTVA reunion aka -TadTales!
    MC still and HNY 2011.

  12. Mr.Shelton,

    Okay! I got it. Thank you very much for that information. That really clears it up for me and hopefully to other artists as well. Thank you sir. And keep 'em boards comin!

  13. I just found your blog today, and I'm so impressed by your work! I'm aspiring to become an illustrator, and I've always dreamed of working for a big company like Disney, Dreamworks, Pixar, etc. And I love your Tangled concept art.

    You just inspire me. I don't know how to elaborate on that, but I really admire your art.

    Do you have any suggestions for an aspiring illustrator (besides practicing--I saw your hand post, and I'm doing that)?