13.4.10

some storyboard work

I do 'story art' for a living. Though these panels may not seem like they belong here ( I have been a little uncertain on what to show - mostly it has been my pen and Ink sketches of a tamer nature), but, well, here are a few panels from the kind of work I do for a living.  For This particular shot, I put up three images showing the sequence of events.  This story, by the way, is very catholic; about a hot-rodder/detective guy who, after a car wreck, is well night dead until an angel brings him back to solve a case.  









6 comments:

Thom said...

Nice panels. I've seen a lot of story art over the years in my work as an animator.

clc said...

Love it! Great work my friend...

Sonia Jackson said...

Your work is very nice! I apologize beforehand for sounding naive in the question I'm about to ask. I've always been interested in storyboard work, and possibly other such related fields, (color study painting, visual development for film, etc.) My question is: how does one seek out and build a career in this? Do you simply have to earn a degree from a film/arts school or live in California? Advice very welcome. Thanks.

J.R.Howley said...

Sonia.Thank you for your comment about my work. Certainly,having a degree in the arts is a good thing for any artist. Working in the film arts world, at least from my experience,does not necessarily require a degree so much as a keen eye, good drawing skills, imagination AND accesability to the film industry. Yes, I do live in California (Los angeles in particular) and being here, where film is a big industry, makes it easier. There are animation centers, in most of the moderate to big cities throughout the country that have schools specific to the industry. Here in Los Angeles is Cal Arts ( a major trainer of animators and those interested in animation) as well as USC (major school for live action training)etc. There is also the Unions. Here in Los Angeles, Animation artists belong to the The Screen Cartoonists Guild, a trade union. There are classes (open to anyone by the way) in storyboarding, animation, layout, CGI (Computer Generated Imagery)life drawing, and many others. Many of the different disciplines nowdays require the use of computer. Believe it or not, all the stroyboarding I do now is digital. We here where I work use Photoshop CS as the definitive program for boarding. There are stand alone storyboarding programs availiable, but to me, Photoshop, one you know it inside and out, is the best and most versatile tool for doing, revising, changing, etc, panels. This, of course is my opinion - if one can draw, one can use an old dull pencil and do great things. All in all I would say to take a look around in your area ( I don't know where you live) and see if there are calsses in animation at a college, or university. Maybe find out if there is not a small film company that does commercials - they always use storyboard artists; ad agencies as well. And google the scree cartoonists guild website to see what they have. ASIFA, an international animation organization, has great resources on their website for looking at animation art from past films, features, commercials, etc from all over the world. I hope that this has been helpful and the best of luck to you.

Ben Hatke said...

These are nice panels! Loose and very very effective. How long is the whole thing? A few panels? hundreds?

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Great work, J.R.

I can feel the speed! intense.