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Learning Storyboarding on a Budget

This is a guide for those wanting to learn about storyboarding without going into massive debt due to art school

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This is a guide for those wanting to learn about storyboarding without going into massive debt due to art school

Note: This is mostly for boarding for Animation!

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Updated: 9/12/20

PWUW= Pay what you want

Boarding Basics!


Rajen Ramkallawan- Introduction to Storyboarding

Really great playlist of videos that covers the foundation of storyboarding. Each

video ends with an assignment that you can do to help understand the concept!


Dwooman- Youtube channel

Channel is a great resource for storyboarding but here are some specific videos

Shot Types: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJpGWqUC1CE&t=216s

Shot Types and Cuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuzwjmHIt-4

Storyboard 101- by Matthew Humphreys


StoryboardArt Drawing and Portfolio Challenge

5 videos that go over storyboarding concepts and prompts

Nic Parris’ Storyboarding Process


The Art of the Storyboard with Lyndon Ruddy ($35)



This website is packed with storyboarding knowledge:


Natalie Nourigat’s Storyboarding resources-


Ash’s Bite-sized Board Zine (PWUW): https://gumroad.com/l/ASH_SB-SC01_A

MB Art Guide to Storyboards(PWUW) https://gumroad.com/magicbunnyart#fjvKA

Jim Mortensen Storyboard tips (PWUW):


Nic Parris’ Let’s Learn Some Storyboarding! (PWUW)


Mike Moloney’s TV Board Survival Guide ($10)


Screen Design

Every Frame a Painting: Great film analysis channel

Edgar Wright- How to do Visual Comedy


Jackie Chan- How to do Action Comedy


Akira Kurosawa- Composing Movement


Vanity Fair- Director breaks down a scene

Parasite- Bong Joon Ho: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doaQC-S8de8

Rian Johnson- Knives Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69GjaVWeGQM&t=1s

Studio Binder

Directing Camera Movement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbnYBmqBbKA&t=12s

Shot Composition and Framing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQNiqzuXjoM

Ultimate Guide to Camera Shots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyML8xuKfoc



Toniko Pantoja’s Basic Human Anatomy and Figure Invention for Animation

Sycra’s Playlist on Human Anatomy

Natalie Nourigat Figure Drawing Tips

Toniko’s Drawing Figures Fast with Technique for Animation


Griz and Norm Tuesday’s Tips

Natalie Norigat’s Tips on Loosening Up

Tracing to Learn

Vee’s Tutorials for Art and Animation (PWUW)

Figure Drawing Models (NSFW)










Matt Laskowki’s Perspective Class


Thomas Romain’s Tips on Keeping Things in Perspective

Ernest R. Norling Perspective Made Easy

Chelsea’s Tips, Tricks and Tutorials

Bridgit Let’s Talk about Perspective for Storyboarding! (continuous series)

Map Crunch


Storyboard Pro

Storyboard Pro playlist by Toon Boom

Stephan Park’s Intro to Storyboard Pro Stream

Kaitrin Snodgrass’ Storyboard Pro tutorial

Ben Juwono’s Improving Storyboard Pro Workflow

Kaitrin Snodgrass’ Parallaxing tutorial

Mike Moloney Lighting tip

Mike Moloney Lens Flare tip

Marie Lum Deleting Hidden Layers tip

MB Art’s Brushes

MB Art’s Guide to Making Brushes


Storyboard Art- Setting Up Photoshop for Storyboarding

Shiyoon Kim’s Brushes


Rad Sechrist’s Procreate Workflow

Industry Advice


Netflix Recruiters talk about what they look for in Story Portfolios

Toniko Pantoja Story Portfolios Advice

Michelle Lam Storyboard Portfolio Tips

Michelle Lam’s Accepted Story Portfolio

Meg Lloyd’s Storyboard Summer Hall


Madeleine Flores’ Guide on Breaking into Animation

Lissa Treiman’s Story Portfolio Tips

TAG Story Group Portfolio Website Advice

TAG on Excessive Testing

TAG Story Group is a great resource for learning more about the Guild in California

Maaike’s Working in TV Animation Guide (PWUW)

Angie Duran’s Cover Letter, Resume, and Industry Advice ($3)

MISC Tips/Resources

Pixar in the Box Storytelling Lecture

Day to Day of a Storyboard Artist by Latoya Raveneau

Stu Livingston’s Craig of the Creek Do’s and Don’ts

Erik Fountain’s Boarding on Adventure Time Guide

Ariel VH Storyboard Revisionist Guide

Jen Bennett’s General Storyboarding Advice

Look into how Recruiters look at Online Portfolios

Storyboard Test Practice

SCAD SBC is always retweeting good advice/tips

Toniko Pantoja’s Guide to Genuine Expressions

Arieldoodles’ Pitching advice

Marie Lum’s Guide on Using Arrows

Natalie Nourigat’s Story Resources

Mike Moloney’s Story Resources

Animation Network constantly posts workshops. Sign up for their newsletter!

Scripts to Board

Movie Screencaps

Animation Screencaps


Storyboard Examples

Storyboard Portfolio Examples

Amphibi-Crew Tumblr (Board excerpts are posted)

Amphibia Animatic- Reunion

Steven Universe Future- Volleyball

Home: Adventures with Tip and Oh Pitch

ROTMNT Animatic

Miraculous Ladybug Animatic

Frozen- Into the Unknown Animatic

OC Animatic- Church


Dwooman sometimes does review streams and I learn a lot from seeing how he critiques




Jim Mortensen’s Reviews


Rise Up Animation offers portfolio reviews for BIPOC artists

Animation Network provides Mentorship sessions ($30) and Portfolio Reviews ($15)


Discord servers are a great way to help build up a community of artists and connect with others without going to art school. Once you get a good group of artists, I also suggest making a storyboarding focused discord with close friends!

RAD Artists Network


Emotional Support Artists



Cartoon Network Storyboarding



Lightbox Expo



Rise Up Animation




The best way to get better at storyboarding is just to storyboard! Here are some prompts if you’re stuck:

* Character A and Character B hate each other but they must work together to solve a problem

* Board your morning routine

* Favorite Childhood memory

* Board your favorite song/song from a musical

* Take an excerpt from a podcast

If you can save enough money, Online classes are another option. I would recommend taking one after practice storyboarding on your own for a bit. Online classes are helpful due to individual feedback.

Here’s my twitter thread on online classes and other story resources. I’m constantly updating it with random finds.

This doc is a good start to learning storyboarding but there are probably tons of more resources out there! I would definitely follow your favorite story artists on twitter and Instagram. A lot of them are constantly posting industry tips or their work

My DMs are open if you have any questions!

Learning Storyboarding on a Budget
Tags Storyboarding, Art, Guide
Type Google Doc
Published 17/10/2020, 04:56:27