After positioning the characters in 3d I mocked-up rough storyboard frames.
When making storyboards, I use Storyboarder from Wonder Unit. It’s very easy to use and integrates beautifully with Adobe Photoshop. You can drop your page artwork into each panel and then add in your text. If you want to edit your artwork you have the option of using the tools inside of Storyboarder or you can harness the power of Photoshop. After your artwork changes are saved, Storyboarder automatically updates the panel to reflect your edits.
Do this for each page and once you’ve knocked over a few pages, it will take you no time at all to complete a full draft storyboard. After the content is dropped into Storyboarder you have the option of saving your board as a PDF file or print a hard copy version.
As you can see – my 6 page draft below was rough as guts..
This page by page layout, gives you a glimpse of your book & how it might look when completed.
At this point I like to read it aloud as if it were the final printed story. If there are any holes in your story, this is when you will find them.
After reading a few times I like to review the Storyboard & check if it all flows, panel by panel.
The Storyboard below changed a lot from the original concepts. The wording too has been completely overhauled & edited several times since this was version was drafted.
When reading your draft Storyboard check for things like:
Do the words & art compliment each other?
Do the words have enough space? Is the font size large enough & legible for young readers?
If you have a panel that is does not look like it is working as well as the others, trust your gut, it probably isn’t.
If you are working with an illustrator ask if there is another way the scene could be illustrated? Can you try another perspective? Perhaps a close-up view of one particular element in the scene could work? A professional illustrator can provide options you may not have considered so be sure to ask.
If you are scratching the art out yourself, forget perfection, just knock something up…rough out your ideas, drop back into the storyboard and read again…