Live Action Storyboards tend to have less poses drawn since actors will do the work.
Animation Storyboards will have more drawings because the artist is the actor!
Either way, think of the ACTING!
Your tools are:
Body, hands, face
Line Of Action (move beyond horizontal and vertical)
Costumes and Props (clothing, hats, tails, hair, tools)
Relationship to background
Use the Body!
What is the Line of Action?
Make sure the BODY moves in your actions, then follow with face and hands.
Use contrasting lines of action
Use the Eyes!
Consider your character’s eye direction & emotion
What are they looking at?
How are they looking at?
Create a drawing the anticipates the character’s action (or the action of the other character’s)
Start with a small action or pre-action
Use their eyes and bodies to accentuate and describe the anticipation
Imagine your drawings are filled with black. Can you still tell what the action is?
NOTE- drawings above taken from Storyboard Secrets a great channel on youtube! CHECK IT OUT
Acting with the Body Exercises
Class Drawing Practice
*3 students will act out exercises in pdf above while others draw
*Watch some class films by Buster Keaton (Sherlock Jr., The General) and Chaplin(The Kid, City Lights) to look at the way body, anticipation and line of action are used. And draw
Buster Keaton master of the body as a ‘tool’