Sunday, April 23, 2017

Moana - Reuniting With Dad Pt.3 (Deleted Sequence) 2015

In this last section, Moana commandeers her canoe and sails off toward danger, determined to complete her mission to save her people and their island.

(I originally included a close up of Moana looking lovingly at her dad, for perhaps the last time, as she sails away.  For whatever reason, it was cut out of this version. I still miss it.)

...end of sequence.


  1. Hi Toby,

    Always have appreciated your work. I'm working on a podcast episode about the Disney Afternoon and One Saturday Morning using many of the interviewees real voices to create an oral history. I was wondering if you wanted to take part. I've already spoken with Jymn Magon and Tad Stones

    My email is



  2. Beautiful boards as usual. I've always been meaning to ask, how do you get that beautiful grainy effect while shading your characters? Would request you to share some tips, if you can, on shading and lighting storyboards.

    1. Thanks.

      The "grainy" look is achieved by using a custom brush called China Marker Tone that a colleague shared with me years ago. It has a texture that simulates the tooth of a story sketch pad. For the soft tone effect I choose 70% gray and make the brush size very large to hide the strokes edge. As my old Cal Arts teacher Ken O'Connor used to say, "Is that clear as mud?". Maybe I will do a demo someday.

  3. Hi Toby,
    I love your boards! One of my teachers said to me if you want to get a job Storyboarding, get as good as Toby Shelton and needless to say, I’ve skimmed your blog quite a few times. I really love the expressiveness of your drawings and the line work and how I can just glance at it and know what’s going on in that instant. It’s an inspiration to me and also intimidating.

    So I’m at BYU in a sketchbooking class and my Teacher wanted us to interview an artist that we admired questions via email or phone. Seeing that you’ve got this blog I thought I’d just go about it here if you wouldn’t mind answering them of course.

    1. How do you get your ideas for your storyboards?
    2. Sometimes my ideas go through my head faster than I can draw and I feel like I cant capture all of the moments I want. How do you draw and keep up with your ideas?
    3. How can I acquire skill like yours to become a professional storyboarder too?

    Any insight on these would would really help me out.


    Stephen Martin