Thursday, February 3, 2011

Storyboarding . . . as far as i know

Alright, I'm going to show you how I storyboard for a Children's book:


I write a story I want to illustrate and then a break up the text into little groups and assign it a number. I assign each group of text to a double page spread of my book. That way, I'll know what to include in my picture when I start to layout my pages.


I then print out a bunch of thumbnail sized squares/rectangles to represent what the book page layout will be when the book is open.

The line in the middle of the rectangle represents the page break due to the binding so that I can be wary of it when I start to draw out what the illustrations will be like.


I start to sketch out thumbnails. I take the numbered sections of my story's text and start to illustrate what's indicated in the text. I also make sure to indicate where the text might be located in the page.

For example, the lower thumbnail on the image above (the one with the girl, dog, and cloud) has a box that says "TEXT 7" so that I know that this page layout is for the number 7 group of text, which was:

After lunch they went outside and found Cynthia’s dog, he was all dirty from rolling around in the grass.“I think my dog is going to need a bath,” Cynthia said.“I can help with that,” Clive volunteered. So she gathered some soap and towels and washed her dog while Clive wet him down with his raindrops.

I also write the page number under each individual rectangle, seen above in the lower thumbnail. The left was assigned page 13 and the one on the right page 14. With that, I'll know the order of the thumbnails and how many pages this book will end up having.

And that's how I storyboard my book. ^_^


  1. Cool. It's neat to see your process.

  2. Thanks for sharing the process with us.