Remember me?

I used to write a blog about storyboarding. Well okay, I still do… just not lately.

*slaps wrist*

And I’ve been stressing about starting up again because it’s been so long. As in…the first post back better be a GOOD ONE.

So I’m going to write a crappy one just to take the edge off, if that’s okay.

Rest assured I am very much alive and well.

I’ve just been suffering from a case of post-storyboard-contract “Lazy-ass-itis”.

Here’s what I’ve been doing.

I ended my Kid vs Kat contract at the end of May. *whew*

And survived.

I went to Hawaii at the beginning of June.


Sweet, sweet Hawaii. *sigh*

Then home and relaxed some more. (That’s about when the “Lazy-ass-itis” kicked in.)

I turned down some work. (See above.)

I saw ‘Toy Story 3’. Twice.

Loved it. *sniff*

I did some summer racing with my sailing team.

Still teaching at the film school once a week. That’s all good.

I did some Mini-Critiques for people, which are tons of fun.

June stunk weather-wise, but July is gorgeous. So I’ve been outside.

Avoiding the internet. A lot.

Then I had a young house guest. And did some beachy stuff and touristy stuff.

And more outside things.

Did I mention July has been gorgeous? When it’s gorgeous in Vancouver, you go outside people!

Starting to learn a bit of golf. (I must have some Scottish in me.)

Saw ‘Despicable Me’. Very enjoyable. Very fun. (“It’s so FLUFFY!”)

Going to Montreal in August. Then coming home to some work I actually did take. Good gig.

And I finally got a blog post written! (A very bad one, but who cares?)

There will be a much better one coming soon.

I just needed to ‘break the creative dam’ so to speak.

Thanks for your patience lovely readers of mine. 🙂

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Category : My Two Cents


elysdfilmNo Gravatar July 21, 2010

Ok you’re forgiven.. please try not to do it again [Evil villain Tone..]

KeithNo Gravatar July 21, 2010

I just found your blog yesterday so they’re all new to me!
Now I just have to stop day-dreaming of Hawaiian beaches and sailboat racing. :)P

Karen J LloydNo Gravatar July 21, 2010

@ elysdfilm – Thank you. I’ll try. (And I love a good evil villain tone) 🙂

@ Keith – Welcome! I just realized I might be making a storyboard artist’s life look *way* too glamorous (what with the Hawaiian beaches and sailing).

Going to Hawaii is *why* I work. And I can save up because I have no life (and don’t spend much) when I am working!

And sailing is pretty much a free hobby when you crew on someone else’s boat.

You need something to counter-balance those 16 hour days of storyboarding. Priorities baby! 🙂


IvanatorNo Gravatar July 21, 2010

Your I’m-still-alive post feels like 20 plus twitter announcements 😀

Recommend watching Despicable in 3D?

Btw when you’re stuck with idea whether to post of something or anything is to write a movie review! i.e. Toy Story 3.


PS: do you mind going over my sketches (in my blog) for 5 seconds, no more or less, and tell me honestly what do you think I need to work on more?

Karen J LloydNo Gravatar July 22, 2010

@ Ivan – Well if I did post them on Twitter I’d have to include what I ate and say “Yum!”

I saw Despicable in 3D and didn’t mind it actually. Yeah, go for the 3D.

Movie reviews: my thoughts exactly.

Nice sketches on your blog! Don’t stop drawing naked people though (*grin*). In some of the sketches the form of the character is a bit off because the focus seems to be too much on the clothes and not what’s underneath them. If that makes sense.

Keep it up! 🙂


JPNo Gravatar July 22, 2010

Welcome back…Hawaii- mm. Jealous. I’m in the thick of those 16 hour days. Btw, how many panels do you churn out in those days? or do you think in minutes?

Karen J LloydNo Gravatar July 22, 2010

Hey JP!

Aren’t those 16 hour days a hoot? 😉

When I was in the thick of it I usually had to do 50-60 panels a day. But I had many days of 70, 80, 90. Ugh. This was just clean-up. I had already roughed everything out.

50 and under is a much more do-able (and tolerable) day.

My next gig sounds like it will be an in-house/9 to 5 kind of deal. *crosses fingers*

Go to Hawaii when you’re done! (Or somewhere gorgeous. It keeps you sane.) 🙂


FriarNo Gravatar July 22, 2010

So THAT’s where you’ve been hiding, eh?

I’m looking forward to some fresh Kid. Vs. Kat episodes! (I seem to keep catching re-runs lately).

That cat is such an A-hole. I love it when he gets his come-uppance. 🙂

Karen J LloydNo Gravatar July 22, 2010

@ Friar – I think Season 2 will be even better. Lots of good episodes in there methinks. I assume they will start running in the fall (I think. I guess. I dunno.)

And yeah, I’ve been practicing some ‘anti-social media’ these days…as in, avoidance. Didn’t miss much, I’m sure. 🙂


jomaNo Gravatar July 23, 2010

Welcome back Karen! I miss reading your blog, so I did the next best thing, I re-read all the old posts you did just to keep it fresh in my mind!

More blogs to come!!!


oliver mckinneyNo Gravatar July 23, 2010

Just found your site and I enjoyed it. Signed up for the email et al. I was wondering if you had given Storyboard Pro from ToonBoom a look. I’ve been playing around with it and it’s pretty nice.

I look forward to getting your emails. I’m all about animation and one day I’ll actually finish a project (fingers crossed).



Karen J LloydNo Gravatar July 23, 2010

Thanks Joma! All of them?? Wow!

Yes, more to come. I’m going to try to get back on a routine now. 🙂

@ Oliver – Welcome! Yes, about those emails *cough cough*. Not that you’d know it, but they went on the back burner for a while too. I hope to get that back up soon as well. I’m sure there will be tons of people who forgot they signed up and will mark me as spam. Yikes! We’ll see how it goes.

I have tried Storyboard Pro a bit (not as much as I would have liked yet). Yes, it’s a good program. I’d still have to dive in a bit more to give my full opinion. It’s on “the list” too.

Poke through the archives and enjoy! 🙂


KeithNo Gravatar July 24, 2010

@ Karen-You mean the storyboarding life is NOT Glamorous!!!? forget this! lol

Yep proper balance is a must-one of which Im still arguing with-I spent the last 5 or so years illustrating a graphic novel – my counter balance for all my kenetic insanity…..; a full time retail job. It was..well I dont need to say, quite the experience.

thankfully both are long gone.

Chris KawagiwaNo Gravatar July 25, 2010

Glad to see your blog still kicking!
I just got back San Diego’s Comic Con where I got to see some great panels on storyboards for live-action films. I could totally see you offer some excellent pointers with some perspectives in animated projects too!

I re-watched some Kid vs. Kat I had on iTunes recently. Good to hear more coming out!

Karen J LloydNo Gravatar July 26, 2010

@ Keith – What’s funny is that sometimes people in this industry fantasize about having simple day jobs!

“Ahh, wouldn’t that be nice to do some mindless 9 to 5 work and go home at night and not even think about it?” *Swoon* 😀

@ Chris – Woo Comic Con! You didn’t get stabbed with a pen, did you? 😉

I would love to do something like that someday, like a workshop and have my own booth selling books and stuff (once I write one).

Of course maybe I should *attend* one of those things first! On the to-do list for sure.


Aidan CasserlyNo Gravatar July 29, 2010

Oh…look who’s come crawling back! Well, yer too late: I’ve been following the blog of another insane storyboard artist lady instead, Erin K. Floyd!

(no, I didn’t just make her up!….well, maybe a little…)

StevNo Gravatar July 30, 2010

heey, good for you’r vacations ms Karen!!, I still waiting for second season of my fovorite serie Kid vsKat! =))

Karen J LloydNo Gravatar July 31, 2010

@ Aidan – Why you little two timing so and so!!
*slaps his face in a Bugs Bunny-with-brick-in-glove kind of way*

@ Stev – It’s going to be a good one! I’m getting a preview of some of the episodes next week, so I’ll let you know. 🙂


LucyNo Gravatar August 2, 2010

Huh. I love the Kat, and I love it when Coop gets his comeuppance. Maybe I’m just perverse that way.

Good to see you’re back and well, Karen.

ZoeNo Gravatar August 6, 2010

Hi Karen,
You’re fun to hang out with! ….. and I haven’t even met you – I can’t understand why not – I’ve been art directing at Bardel the past 6 years. Now I’m moving to live action and focusing on storyboarding – that’s how I found you! I can’t shake the passion for visual storytelling. I’d be thrilled to connect with you when you get back from exotic climes.

Karen J LloydNo Gravatar August 7, 2010

@ Lucy – That’s what’s good about the show. They BOTH get it eventually. 🙂

@ Zoe – Well hi there! Bardel is the one place I actually haven’t really worked for. But I *almost* have a couple of times. 🙂

Feel free to send me an email if you ever want to chat (not that I do live action, but still). Say “hi” to Kathy R for me!


ScreenwritingforHollywoodNo Gravatar November 7, 2010

hahah 🙂 meeeee neeeed vaaacaaasheeeoonn toooo !
the months go by so fast… what’s a girl to do?
– j

cheeks delos reyesNo Gravatar December 1, 2011

Hi Karen,
I start a group in Linkedin and I used your blog and direct them to read all your blogs for the newbies in storyboard… I hope it is okay with you if not I’ll stop doing it

Karen J LloydNo Gravatar December 2, 2011

Not a problem Cheeks. 🙂

But you might want to mention (or not) that I’ve been pretty quiet around here lately.


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