“If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes, but by no means always, find the way to do it. You must perceive the excellence that makes a good story good or the errors that makes a bad story. For a bad story is only an ineffective story.”
— John Steinbeck (via ruckawriter)

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips SUPER WEEK - Push it!

Clarity is probably the most important thing to think about at all time when boarding. Pushing your poses to an undeniable level of clarity will improve the clarity of the storytelling in general. Don’t leave space for uncertainty in posing out your characters. Your audience will be more engaged and entertained by the sequence.

This is the last post for the Super Week. I hope you enjoyed it. Back on the regular schedule next week (Every Tuesday).

Norm

allisonchambers:

Tasked with Ronald McDonald House BC’s 2014 Ski Challenge campaign, we took our inspiration from childhood crafts – namely, paper snowflakes – and created a series of hand-carved, typographic posters, each headline a nod to the event’s dual-nature of fun on and off the slopes.

Produced at Cossette Communications, Vancouver
Client: Ronald McDonald House
In Market date: March 31 – April 1, 2014
Location: Whistler BC Canada
Creative Director: Michael Milardo
Associate Creative Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Art Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Copywriter: Kate Roland
Designer: Allison Chambers
Agency Producer: April Haffenden
Photographer: Anthony Redpath
Group Account Director: Anne Buch
Account Supervisor: Melissa Guillergan, Cambrea Strubin
allisonchambers:

Tasked with Ronald McDonald House BC’s 2014 Ski Challenge campaign, we took our inspiration from childhood crafts – namely, paper snowflakes – and created a series of hand-carved, typographic posters, each headline a nod to the event’s dual-nature of fun on and off the slopes.

Produced at Cossette Communications, Vancouver
Client: Ronald McDonald House
In Market date: March 31 – April 1, 2014
Location: Whistler BC Canada
Creative Director: Michael Milardo
Associate Creative Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Art Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Copywriter: Kate Roland
Designer: Allison Chambers
Agency Producer: April Haffenden
Photographer: Anthony Redpath
Group Account Director: Anne Buch
Account Supervisor: Melissa Guillergan, Cambrea Strubin
allisonchambers:

Tasked with Ronald McDonald House BC’s 2014 Ski Challenge campaign, we took our inspiration from childhood crafts – namely, paper snowflakes – and created a series of hand-carved, typographic posters, each headline a nod to the event’s dual-nature of fun on and off the slopes.

Produced at Cossette Communications, Vancouver
Client: Ronald McDonald House
In Market date: March 31 – April 1, 2014
Location: Whistler BC Canada
Creative Director: Michael Milardo
Associate Creative Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Art Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Copywriter: Kate Roland
Designer: Allison Chambers
Agency Producer: April Haffenden
Photographer: Anthony Redpath
Group Account Director: Anne Buch
Account Supervisor: Melissa Guillergan, Cambrea Strubin
allisonchambers:

Tasked with Ronald McDonald House BC’s 2014 Ski Challenge campaign, we took our inspiration from childhood crafts – namely, paper snowflakes – and created a series of hand-carved, typographic posters, each headline a nod to the event’s dual-nature of fun on and off the slopes.

Produced at Cossette Communications, Vancouver
Client: Ronald McDonald House
In Market date: March 31 – April 1, 2014
Location: Whistler BC Canada
Creative Director: Michael Milardo
Associate Creative Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Art Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Copywriter: Kate Roland
Designer: Allison Chambers
Agency Producer: April Haffenden
Photographer: Anthony Redpath
Group Account Director: Anne Buch
Account Supervisor: Melissa Guillergan, Cambrea Strubin
allisonchambers:

Tasked with Ronald McDonald House BC’s 2014 Ski Challenge campaign, we took our inspiration from childhood crafts – namely, paper snowflakes – and created a series of hand-carved, typographic posters, each headline a nod to the event’s dual-nature of fun on and off the slopes.

Produced at Cossette Communications, Vancouver
Client: Ronald McDonald House
In Market date: March 31 – April 1, 2014
Location: Whistler BC Canada
Creative Director: Michael Milardo
Associate Creative Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Art Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Copywriter: Kate Roland
Designer: Allison Chambers
Agency Producer: April Haffenden
Photographer: Anthony Redpath
Group Account Director: Anne Buch
Account Supervisor: Melissa Guillergan, Cambrea Strubin
allisonchambers:

Tasked with Ronald McDonald House BC’s 2014 Ski Challenge campaign, we took our inspiration from childhood crafts – namely, paper snowflakes – and created a series of hand-carved, typographic posters, each headline a nod to the event’s dual-nature of fun on and off the slopes.

Produced at Cossette Communications, Vancouver
Client: Ronald McDonald House
In Market date: March 31 – April 1, 2014
Location: Whistler BC Canada
Creative Director: Michael Milardo
Associate Creative Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Art Director: Lisa Lebedovich
Copywriter: Kate Roland
Designer: Allison Chambers
Agency Producer: April Haffenden
Photographer: Anthony Redpath
Group Account Director: Anne Buch
Account Supervisor: Melissa Guillergan, Cambrea Strubin

allisonchambers:

Tasked with Ronald McDonald House BC’s 2014 Ski Challenge campaign, we took our inspiration from childhood crafts – namely, paper snowflakes – and created a series of hand-carved, typographic posters, each headline a nod to the event’s dual-nature of fun on and off the slopes.

Produced at Cossette Communications, Vancouver

Client: Ronald McDonald House

In Market date: March 31 – April 1, 2014

Location: Whistler BC Canada

Creative Director: Michael Milardo

Associate Creative Director: Lisa Lebedovich

Art Director: Lisa Lebedovich

Copywriter: Kate Roland

Designer: Allison Chambers

Agency Producer: April Haffenden

Photographer: Anthony Redpath

Group Account Director: Anne Buch

Account Supervisor: Melissa Guillergan, Cambrea Strubin

“Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful — be concerned with doing good work and make the right choices and protect your work. And if you build a good name, eventually, that name will be its own currency.”
— Patti Smith, on the best advice she ever got. (via h-o-r-n-g-r-y)

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lalage:

boris and lalage and “the loneliest whale”.. the rest of the story is here
based on the story of the 52-hz whale
lalage:

boris and lalage and “the loneliest whale”.. the rest of the story is here
based on the story of the 52-hz whale
lalage:

boris and lalage and “the loneliest whale”.. the rest of the story is here
based on the story of the 52-hz whale
lalage:

boris and lalage and “the loneliest whale”.. the rest of the story is here
based on the story of the 52-hz whale
lalage:

boris and lalage and “the loneliest whale”.. the rest of the story is here
based on the story of the 52-hz whale
lalage:

boris and lalage and “the loneliest whale”.. the rest of the story is here
based on the story of the 52-hz whale

lalage:

boris and lalage and “the loneliest whale”.. the rest of the story is here

based on the story of the 52-hz whale

grizandnorm:

Tuesday Tips - Gesture Drawing

As a story artist, I feel like one of the most important technical skill to develop is the ability to draw things things clearly and fast. Practicing 
gesture drawing is, in my opinion, a good way to get better at it. I think it’s fun, too! Of course, you can draw from life and find unique things people and animals do, but I also think practicing gesture drawing from imagination is truly helpful. For instance, I usually do some gesture drawings of characters I’m about to work with in a sequence. It helps me find a short-hand to start building from. The simpler, the better. Especially early on a project, it really helps to find a quick way to draw a character over and over without repeating yourself all the time.

I remember Life Drawing teachers telling me to “draw from within” and to “feel the weight”. It’s absolutely true, but in terms of storyboarding, other elements came to be as important to the process. Silhouette and a sense of “cartooning” is tremendously helpful to communicate certain things clearly to an audience.

I’m only focusing on character posing right now (and this is just an introduction to the subject). Gesture drawing is very close to thumb-nailing, another ultra-helpful skill. More on that later.

For those who want to spend some money on great books on the subject, I highly recommend you to pick up “Drawn To Life: 20 Golden Years of Master Classes of Disney Master Classes” (Vol. 1 and 2) , from Walt Stanchfield. Do it.

Norm