The Art of Animation + Storyboards
Drawing things is fine, but giving them life is even better
Animation / Storyboarding
At first, I delved into the writing world for a bit. I tested myself to see if I could write out what I saw in my head, but decided that I couldn't do it. I wanted to be able to control what the viewers saw, instead of only being able to give them a few details of the grand ball, or being unable to capture with words what i saw in my mind's eye. Evidently, the way I write has been influenced by the venture, but that only mean that I write much more eloquently than I speak.
In trying to find out how to tell my stories, I also thought of being a comic artist/writer. I learned a few things about the comic world. I learned about staging and the frames that held each picture. It was a much more attractive idea than writing seemed, but I decided it just wasn't for me. I couldn't control how long the reader looked at a panel, and my control over the way my characters said things and their exacted movements were to limited for my tastes.
But then the animated world caught my attention. Specifically,the Disney cartoon Gravity Falls did. I was shown that even a children's cartoon made by Disney could handle the darker themes that I would like to have the freedom of exploring, without needing to be vulgar or psychedelic like Adult Swim. I looked into it a bit more, and realized that it didn't really matter what company did what, the only difference was what they allowed you to do. The idea of that freedom to chose what you wanted to produce and what you didn't, while still being able to tell a story in the exact way that you wanted to, was what has me convinced that this is the best way to go.
His most famous work is the children's cartoon Gravity Falls, often praised for its in-depth storytelling and understanding of his characters. His storyboards capture every movement that the characters make, aside from completely obvious ones. This allows him to control every aspect of the show. He is also very aware of the fans of his show, and leaves small clue within the show to keep older fans busy with something. The man's genius is evident in that he is able to foreshadow events that will happen twenty episodes later without giving anything away
Regarded as an animating genius, he wrote a book titled The Animator's Survival Kit. this book is a must-have for every new animator, as it teaches you through the basics of animating life-like characters. He directed the animation 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' and worked with many other animating geniuses of his time.
She was once a storyboard artist for the cartoon Adventure Time, but now works on her own original series called Steven Universe. Not to take away from the progressiveness of the show, but the great use of color is what attracted me to watch the small cartoon in the first place. It's evident that the background artist all have a good understanding of color theory, one that I hope to have myself one day.