This is the best explanation of what a storyboard artist does I’ve ever seen: The Art of Storyboarding. It’s only thirteen minutes long, but goes into the history of it, starting with Disney, and even getting into the use of storyboards for live-action filmmaking. This is what I’d like to show people when they ask, “Just what exactly does a storyboard artist do?” I found it via Enrico’s blog.
As I was walking to work this morning through our urban/suburban neighborhood I heard a rustling to my right. I turned to see something astonishing: a bird flying away with another bird gripped below it. It looked almost like a big ball of flapping feathers. The next second I realized it was a young, fairly small red tailed hawk lifting a pigeon across the street and up to a nearby tree. Both birds were about the same size, with the hawk having something like a two-foot wing span, about half the size of most adult red tailed hawks in this part of the world. The hawk landed in the tree limbs up about 15 feet above me and started to tear the pigeon apart, eating it. I pulled out my sketchbook and started to draw what I saw. The sketch below it was from memory as it flew past my shoulder on its way to the tree. I was treated to my own personal National Geographic special in the middle of the city.