Thanks to everyone who posted a comment on the last post. Dano left an excellent post and even linked to some cool examples of a technique he was talking about. His post opened the door for me to talk about what I like about the Barks stuff and I talked a lot about what I think works in the panel. So check out the comments if you're interested. If you agree or disagree with anything posted, please comment and keep the discussion going! Politely, of course.
I have a lot of great layout stuff to post - as I think I said, I was an animator before I was a story artist. At CalArts, I was so focused on becoming an animator I didn't listen very well when these principles were discussed (if they were - I don't remember). When I became a story artist, figuring out the secrets of layout was my biggest challenge. I searched everywhere for help and couldn't find it, so I ended up just doing it the hard way - staring at the work of artists I admire and trying to figure out what they were doing. Every good artist makes choices based on something, so if you look at it long enough their work will unveil it's secrets to you!
I guess this is just how the universe works, but after I kind of figured some of it out, I started to find books where this stuff was written down. Maybe the information was in front of me all the time and I just didn't see it. Anyway, I will post some of that stuff soon. But I wanted to post this first.
The goal of a storyboard is to put accross an idea. So you have to know how to direct the audience's eye to where you want it to go. The sketch may only be on the screen (in a screening) for one or two seconds, so you have to use every tool in your toolbox to get everyone to look where you want them to look. So this stuff may seem obvious, and it probably written down somewhere already, but here it is.
It took me years to figure this out and I'm still working on using it like a master. Here is all I know about how to direct the eye where you want it to go.
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Okay, from now on I will try to alternate the basic stuff with stuff that's a little more advanced so there's always something for everyone. Even if you know all this stuff already, ask yourself: are you using it everyday?