Since so many stories and comics center around dynamic characters, it is essential to convey the right emotions and actions in our storyboards. The drag and drop feature makes it super easy to get characters into your storyboards, but what do you do next? I have made many a storyboard in my time. Let me share some of the tricks I have picked up!
All of these positions can be created by choosing from a variety of options. When you click on "Edit Pose" on the Right Hand Menu, you can customize your character's hair, skin, eyes and clothing colors. There is also a "randomize colors" button if you'd like to have the colors quickly chosen at random! In addition to colors, you can quickly and easily change your character's pose using our Pre-Set Poses at the bottom. You can further customize your character's pose by tilting the head, changing the expression and arm and leg positions. You may also change which direction the character will face: front, right, back or left.
Please note: characters in the "Sports" category have special options for posing related to their sport.
For even more tips, check out Character Posing - Part II: Advanced by one of our artists.
Ok. You have the idea. Now, on to the tricks! While you may not be able to get every pose exactly how you want, there are some things that you can do to make your storyboards amazing works of art and stories!
With the Storyboard That storyboard software, you have a great deal of power. The first sneaky tip I have for you is to play around with the position of your characters. The child in the "Jump" cell below is actually just kneeling in the air, but with the jump rope and the movement lines, it looks like she is jumping. The woman in the "Sleep" cell is standing with her head tilted down and eyes closed. Since she is horizontally placed on the bed, it looks like she is sleeping with her head on the pillow.
Super Storyboarder Tip! Search for "effect" in the Storyboard Creator for movement lines.
I have found that emotions are messy and can be shown in many different ways. People's fear, happiness, anger, and more all manifest differently. In the example below, a family has just lost its house to a fire. You can imagine that they are experiencing many emotions all at once. Instead of each person in the family being in the same position with the same expression, they are each a little different while still conveying sadness and worry.
The story of Hamlet has a great deal of emotional charge, action, and of course, death. Hamlet's confusion and hesitation to act are very important to the plot of the play, so we need to see the emotions on his face and in his body language. Take a look at the plot diagram for Hamlet below. Notice the shock, concern, confusion, and various death positions.
Another fun set of characters are called Stickies! They are very expressive stick figures with attire that can be colored to enhance the story!
You can use Stickies with your students to tell stories, create simple character maps, or plan out an upcoming skit or school play! The opportunities are endless.
Stickies can be found under Characters > Stickies