Well, not with that attitude.
Wish you could produce your own storyboard for a short film? Not an artist? Can’t draw a straight line without a ruler?
I don’t buy it.
If you’re capable of writing your name, you can draw.
As I mentioned in a previous post, storyboards are about communication, not pretty pictures. Sure, pretty pictures help. I won’t deny that. But if these boards are just for you, or for a small group of people to work from, you can do them yourself. With some guidance and a few tips. Which you will be able to find right here…how convenient!
OK, and some practice : ).
Here’s the good news. For those of you with weaker drawing skills, my advice is to draw less. As in less detail. Plain. Simple. Clean.
Because what happens when you try to add detail? Your unskilled drawing screams, “I suck!” That’s right. You bring attention to the fact that it’s a weak illustration. You don’t want that. You want them to see your story, not just the drawings. And it’s all about the story, right?
But what happens when you draw in simple shapes? What if those shapes just represent a person, a building, a car?
The viewer forgives the drawing.
They don’t place any high expectations on it. They understand it’s just a representation of something. And now they are free to see what that drawing is trying to tell them.
You communicate with them. And that’s what matters in storyboarding.
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