Need Story Ideas for your Storyboard Samples?
As a storyboard artist you need to have samples in your portfolio…but what if you don’t have any scripts or stories to work from? Here are some great sources when you need to get a short story idea really quick! Use these story ideas as a starting place; you can re-write or just tweak the words as needed, and then draw them as storyboards in your own style and using your own staging ideas.
Here are a bunch of links to comic book stories on the web.
Jack Bradbury Comics
Assorted comics at The Greatest Ape
HUGE selection of Adventure, SciFi and funny-animal comics
Some silly Jack Cole one-pagers
Single-panel gag cartoons
The worst kind of storyboard samples are ones that are just people standing around talking. Using these comics as inspiration will help you draw stories and scenes that are visually oriented instead of just a lot of “blah-blah-blah.” And they’re short — which is great because you don’t want to get buried in the overload of a huge sample. 15 pages of storyboard samples is the minimum you want to have in your portfolio, but don’t make the mistake of taking on a 200-page epic. Keep it short and sweet and powerful!
I recommend that you type up your new short script, and toss away the comics pages you based it on so you can come up with fresh staging and acting and drawing ideas that will be 100% yours. Have fun!
Note: Many of these comic book downloads are in the .cbr and .cbz file formats. You’ll need a comic book reader app to read them; I recommend ComicRack or CDisplay for Windows, and Simple Comic or Comic Book Lover
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