This semester I am taking ANM 372 Drawing for Features Storyboarding with Disney Story Artist Tamara Lusher-Stocker. I am chronicling my experience on the blog for myself and for those interested in learning more about storytelling. I highly recommend trying your hand at the assignments we were given. Happy boarding!

Greetings Storyboard Fans,

Last week we showcased our character that we drew from life and expanded to give them life and depth. As you may remember, I created Imogene, a character based on a young woman I saw at the Walt Disney Family Museum.

Tamara instructed us to create a storyboard about our character baking a cake. Sky’s the limit. A cake needed to be involved – the rest was up to our ample imaginations.

So naturally I turned it into an action adventure horror story about two people in love battling a cake monster. Because you know, that’s what I do. Actually, my original story was much more pedestrian – a young woman baking a cake for her husband and failing in spectacularly comic fashion. Her bike messenger husband comes home with Chinese and they spend the night lounging on the couch watching TV. The end.

Sounded cute in my head, but boarding it proved boring. And who wants to board something dull, right?

As I worked out a more interesting scenario for myself, I thought of the cake monster. Eureka! This led to a wealth of ideas. A creature lurking in the shadows. Moody lighting. Horror film tropes. This iconic shot served as the turning point for me:

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Alien03I ended up not using the shots in the final boards, as they didn’t fit the story. You have to kill your darlings sometimes. But the story is better for it — it served as a good backdrop.

In the story, Imogene, our heroine, owns a bake shop and Yohei, a delivery guy, accidently delivers a box of ingredients that have been contaminated by a chemical of unknown origins. My teacher Tamara and my classmates gave me excellent suggestions to improve my story for Round 2. Click on the arrow on the right of each panel to see the story unfold, as well as read the suggestions from Tamara and my classmates.

Next week, we are boarding a scene from Spider-Man, but instead of Peter Parker, our characters are a Dragon and a Talent Scout. Tamara encouraged us to really push the characters, making them super broad and cartoony. You’ll see what I come up with next week.

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