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Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts, 2nd Edition by Nancy Beiman

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10

Starting Story Sketch: Compose Yourself

Tonal Sketches

At this point you have a rough story idea and rough character designs to act it out.

The verbal blueprint for your project must now be translated into visuals. A rough character lineup (such as the one in Figure 7–4) or an atmospheric sketch sets the characters’ scale to each other, to the background, and to important props. Placeholders such as the ones in Figure 10–1 are used to stage the action and acting on the boards if character designs have not yet been finalized.

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[Fig. 10–1] Very rough drawings will read as the same character if the silhouette values are good. This woman's headdress ...

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