Meet Rebecca K.! She’s teamed up with instructor Jess as part of Game-U’s New Jersey Accelerate program. Rebecca loves drawing and telling stories, so Jess introduced her to Storyboarder, where she’s working on an animatic called “Life’s Too Short.” Too short for what? Let Rebecca show you!
Using Storyboarder, Rebecca can draw, organize, and animate a series of scenes that portray a timeline. Rebecca started out with some sketches and a favorite song that goes along with her animatic’s theme. Life’s too short for many things, but in particular, it’s too short to not share your feelings with your loved ones. Rebecca’s story shows two similar girls with very different behaviors. One girl shows her friends the affection she feels, but the other’s fear holds her back and causes her to miss out on relationships.
To capture her vision for the animatic, Rebecca drew quick sketches on paper, experimenting with full-body poses and different perspectives to better depict single-frame moments in her two characters’ lives. Her drawings follow the girls through their day and their encounters with others. They even use facial expressions, shading, and postures to convey characters’ emotions and decision-making processes. Later, Rebecca will polish the sketches in Krita, a digital drawing program, and load them back into Storyboarder to animate.
While “Life’s Too Short,” is still a work in progress, Rebecca’s plan for the complete animatic includes dozens of drawings. Eventually, she’ll also give her animatic a soundtrack (the same song that helped inspire the project) to create a music video that she can share with others!
Beautiful work, Rebecca! You’re not just taking on new ways of drawing – you’re improving how you capture dynamic poses and show character emotions. We’re proud to see you expand your artistic skills and share your stories! Keep at it, and be sure to stay in touch. We look forward to your finished animatic!