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A little about my artwork: I interpret the words written on a page by telling the story behind the story working with pen and ink, watercolor and Photoshop, I fuse old techniques with modern ones to create a world that every drawing can speak to a child or grownups.

Monday, May 2, 2011

I create a flow for the story by using a storyboard

After taking the time to sketch out the main characters, I started on the breakdown on how the story will unfold with pictures. It is kind of having a little movie in my head and I start to grab frames out of the air on what is the most important part of that particular scene to illustrate. You will hear from other illustrators “I’m telling the story behind the story” I’ve said it my self, another way of saying it “I am looking for the story’s voice”.
It was not a hard thing to find with this story, Rena writing is amazing and that helped me create the fun characters.

The Marshmallow Man manuscript came with instructions; example: Page 1 of text (illustration facing page of text).
Once I started to create the storyboards I realized that the page instructions could be different what if instead of one page of text facing an illustration, that it may work better by using both pages to illustrate the story and having the text worked into the body of the illustrations. I sent an email with an attached sketch of my idea to my publisher asking if it was okay to change things around. A response of yes came very quickly and I just created a lot more work for my self.

Marshmallow Man storyboard

Marshmallow Man storyboard

You are looking at two storyboards I created. I used them both for the finished work picking what I felt worked better.

second storyboard for Marshmallow Man

second storyboard for Marshmallow Man

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Stephen. This is so fascinating to see how you create this whole thing. Amazing!


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