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What is a storyboard?

  • Storyboarding is an artistic way of visual communication. Storyboard brings words to life and is encapsulated in such a way that tends to create an imagination in viewers mind that words alone can’t justify.  
  • Storyboarding is a digital tool to showcase a story in a powerful and impactful manner. By visual elements like images, characters etc you can emotionally and artistically communicate with the audiences as they could have a great learning experience from your art. 
  • Even without being an artist you can create storyboards. A storyboard can be easily created using images, texts, characters, templates and even many other ways are available to create impactful storyboarding.   

Types of storyboard?

   Storyboards are of many types such as – Digital storyboard, Traditional storyboard, Thumbnail storyboard. Mainly focused on traditional and thumbnails.

Talking about all in details :

  • Traditional storyboards – These are the conceptual pencil sketches which are hand drawn and the most traditional form of storyboarding, that provides an idea to write about the visuals after which the final filming is proceed. This type of storyboarding is mainly used in animations,T.V and movies that allows necessary changes to be made in case something is improper.
  • Thumbnail storyboard –  These storyboards are the first steps of the storyboarding for a scene also known as quick sketches and are not bigger than your thumbnail that’s why these are called thumbnail storyboarding. Most are tiny stick finger drawings or small images and sketches serving as a guide for a large image.
  • Digital storyboard – These are storyboards that are created using digital softwares. The images are also created with the help of softwares. In simple words these are the Traditional storyboard of pencil and paper that is scanned digitally in a software. 

Need for storyboarding 

Normally when you are creating a digital work for example – movies, animations, videos you need a roadmap to work with and storyboarding is the graphic representation  for creating such digital tasks so that they can be easily performed with less working cost being included. It is a pre vision being created to define future planning.  

When someone is attempting to create a video, he is creating a production plan that includes all of the shots that will be required. This also eliminates the need for multiple revisions, saving time and money. It may take some time to create a storyboard, but in the end you will realize how useful it is to have a predefined roadmap because it does not include all of the details but is essentially a rough sheet for creating a video.


Storyboards consist of illustrations or images displayed in sequences for the pre-visualization of a motion picture, animation and interactive media sequences. Mainly when an animation, movie or cartoons are made they require a rough data and pre preparation of words and drawings that concludes the final making of such programs. 

It has information from simple stick figures to detailed sketches, the quality or content of each panel is really a secondary concern as long as it serves the interest of the makers. 

Here’s a storyboard example from the Coen Bros, their first film, BLOOD SAMPLE. For their first movie they are relayed on storyboarding, like everything else they do, is completely unique to them. 

Another example can be of storyboarding can be of the film BLADE RUNNER and ALIEN, it is clear that storyboarding helped them craft intricate and layered imagery. 


  • Shot and scene in your storyboarding is an essential element every scene should be given a tile and every scene should also be numbered.
  • Panel is one of the most important elements as it includes the aspect of ratios through which the production is being filmed. 
  • Sequence in a storyboarding concludes multiple shots that will be shot at the same time and at the same location. It compromises the scene.
  • Description is basically a caption that each panel has which defines where the storyboard artist or director acn include more details about what is happening. 
  • Camera movement is an element of storyboarding as camera directions are a part of panels, designing shots as close-up, wide shots, etc. camera directions includes which way the camera direction is supposed to move and at what position it should be kept.


A roadmap is needed for the creation of any type of video, including animation, motion pictures, television, etc. This roadmap in videos is known as storyboarding. Storyboarding, to put it simply, is a script that uses visual aids to direct you through the production process. It involves planning what will be created, how it will be created, and what all the requirements are that must be met. By doing this, the production process can be improved with even minor adjustments.

Having a rough data sheet of your work will improve the working process and make your project appear more elegant and impressive in comparison to what you created. All of these sheets and scripts are necessary to achieve the desired result, so we can now say that storyboarding is an important component of the production process.

How to create a storyboard?

To create a storyboard you should know the following steps:

  • Step 1: You are supposed to create a storyboard template online using storyboarding software or if you are not interested in creating it online, it’s ok you can create it with a traditional method of pencil and paper.
  • Step 2: The next step is to draw a rough storyboard, you are supposed to keep it simple and give visual details to it. 
  • Step 3: Next step is editing, edit your storyboarding as per the requirements of production filming process or video creation process. Such as, time for the day of a scene, lightning and layering. 
  • Step 4: You must be aware about the camera movements for shots such as zoom in and zoom outs. Which is important as a single mistake is enough to ruin your video. 


  • First let’s talk about UX – UX or user experience device is the process of defining the experience a user would go through when interacting with a company, its services, and its products. Design decisions in UX designs are often done with the help of researchers.
  • To create a proper design, UX designers use a lot of different research techniques, such as inquiries, interviews and workshops. As their work is to summarize the research findings into users stories and communicate their thinking with the team. In order to create a good product, designers must understand the user’s point of view and their world and understand what’s going on in their world and how their product can make the user’s life better. And after all this, that’s where storyboards come in.
  • In UX, a storyboard is a visual representation of a user’s interaction with the product. It represents a product that is similar to a film in terms of how people utilize it. As we know, storyboards are an excellent tool of generating ideas.we use storyboarding in UX design to form the users journey and the character.


UX storyboard is a slightly overlooked design technique. For creating a good UX storyboard the following steps are there:

  1. Get some idea – Just like how you start a new work idea is required the same is in storyboarding UX you need real life data that form the base of storyboarding. And by research you can get this data.  
  2. Pick a flow to focus – Don’t just work on a single story but work on many new ideas at the same time to make your idea more creative and your designs more attractive. Use real life cases for detailed study and research. 
  1. Note down the steps and outlines – Note down every step and event of users life that seems important for creation of basic work. Strat working on these basic parts   of the stories. Flow the main character, scene, plot steps for more accuracy. 
  1. Add emotions and details – for better communication with the team and audience try to make your content more detailed and make sure it is created in such a way that it is  filled with emotions, which will help you to build a good storyboarding.
  1. Create the storyboard – After collecting all the data and information start working on your storyboard and try to make a rough data at first for no future mistakes and recheck it again and again. Create them on a separate page. This also allows easy changes throughout the process.


A storyboard is the key element of animation and filming. No animation and movie can be created without storyboarding as it is the roadmap for filming any type of movie and anime. Storyboard is essentially a series of sketches that map the key events of narrative, presented chronologically. And is thus a bridge between the overall design and the finished animation.

Each sketch in storyboarding represents a particular scene that is supposed to be filmed. Detailed study and continuous analysis makes it perfect, after which they are combined together to film an animation. This is how storyboarding helps to create an animation or movie. 


It requires a lot of time to sketch all the storyboards and create an animation. The following are the steps that are essential and are required to follow to create a storyboard animation: 

  1. Frame – A rectangular box in which the storyboard artist is supposed to sketch the shots. Which means what a viewer can see from that angle is the rough sketch. 
  1. Dialogue notes – Notes of any dialogue that will appear in the frame is supposed to be there in the sketch.not full dialogs but a quick summary of such. 
  1. Action notes – Notes of any action that occurs in animation such as crashing cars, fighting etc. It is supposed to have all the listed characters actions.  
  1. Camera shots – The intended camera shots are also a key element that a storyboard artist should keep in mind while creating a storyboard.

What is storyboard in business? 

In business, storyboarding means project planning, that helps teams identify and illustrate the various steps needed to complete a given project at a given point of time. It provides a guide to tasks that the workers have to follow throughout the working process of an operation 

In simple words, businesses have day to day operations and to complete those operations they need a strategy that is planning and these plans are formed using the storyboard as a roadmap or view of what to do or what is the estimated future target that is supposed to be achieved. In order to achieve those targets, a plan is made by a view or roadmap.  


In films storyboarding is a graphical representation of how a video is created or shot. It is made up of a number of squares, pictures that are representing each shot, which notes what is going on in the scene and what will be said in the script during the filming. 

It is the same as animations but not exactly animation storyboarding, think of it as a script of a movie rather than imagining sketches and pencil drawings. 


A storyboard tells the story of your training course. It’s a document, slide deck, or prototype in which the instructional design or training developer lays out the framework for the eLearning courses that they plan to create. 

Instructional design storyboarding is the process of mapping out the core element of a course, webinar or lecture in a process outlined by a specific instruction design model.  

They are framework design models by the psychologists and educational researchers that organize “creating instructions” into a streamlined process that follows research based practices. 


Storyboarding is a useful project planning tool that illustrates the steps involved in the project. Storyboarding provides a detailed outline of everything that happens or occurs in each step, and a combination of different storyboards provide a detailed outline of the process.

It usually highlights missing tasks and helps in the compilation of such. This allows the project team to make changes and rearrange tasks as needed before the project advances to the executive phase. Making these changes provide much scope for applying creativity. Such an approach allows storyboards to transform the usually dry and boring process of planning to an interactive and fun experience.


A storyboarding in Powerpoint is a chart that shows a sequence of content. It typically contains a series of images, illustrations, drawings, screenshots,or other visual graphics with captions for each.

It provides guidance to the writers, designers, artists, developers, to create ideas, organize thoughts and arrange events.presenting a powerpoint storyboarding can be a great way to make a story or idea a supervision. It shows your detailed plans for displaying content in a project.  


Storyboarding is a visual representation of the user’s journey that doesn’t correlate to the product’s user interface, which will later be designed based on the journey depicted based on the journey depicted in the storyboard. This is a critical part of design thinking.

These are a critical part of the designs mapping and making process. Before the actual product is made, first it is framed in rough data to reach the target goal of the product then the final procedure of a product’s design starts. 

Storyboarding is most commonly used during the discovery phase or for the mapping of a design phase, for a new product to help align stakeholders around user outcomes. But can also be used in developing an existing product to help align stakeholders. A company usually storyboard annually, during its audit or whatever they’re considering adding a big new feature to the product’s roadmap.    


A storyboarding is a graphical organizer that provides the viewer with a high-level view of the project. In Agile software Development, storyboarding can help developers so that they can get a quick sense of what work still needs to be completed. 

As long as the team keeps the storyboard up to date, anyone can see what work has been completed and what is yet to be completed. This not only provides product owners with transparency, it also helps the team to visualize the working sequences of the users stories. Storyboarding can be physical or digital. Means, pen and paper storyboarding and digital software storyboarding. 


 For consultancies, storyboarding is the technique of creating an outline of what you want your final work product to look like, and the structure, flow, and key messages that contain the questionnaire and also the worksheets of work formations. It is done at the beginning stage of a project to organize thoughts and build a common understanding within the consulting team of the objective the team is focusing on. It is not just consulting but any profession that tells a story usually starts with storyboarding, such as movie making, book writing, or journalism. 


There are the following ways which shows how you can make a storyboard as fast as possible:  

  1.  Don’t make sketches. Draw Thumbnail – In order to make a storyboard fast don’t make sketches but it is more relevant to use Thumbnails as it saves you more time and makes the entire process easy. 
  1. Use Emotionality Rule – For creating an effective and attentive storyboard they use emotionality rule as much as possible as it helps to feel the characters and draw viewers attention toward the characters story.
  1. Shoot your shots more than sketching – Even if you are not directly involved in the process of shooting itself and only have the task of drawing the story, you should still have a simple basic understanding of the video designing process to make your storyboarding process fast.
  1. Follow the rules of quick drawing – Draw with your whole arm, Draw simple lines, Use shapes, Don’t waste time turning the sheets or screen.  
  1. Learn to create stories – Once you learn to create stories it automatically decreases your tension and makes the entire process as easy and faster as possible as storyboarding is done through the creation of many stories. 
  1. One frame – It means that, don’t create anything that requires time more than 5 minutes as anything longer than 5 minutes is no longer a quick sketch, which is rarely  necessary for the first stage of storyboarding.

How to storyboard even if you can’t draw?  

If you can’t draw your storyboard, it’s ok there’s nothing to get worried about.

You could try photographing them. Frame up how you want each shot to look, position your actors or stand-ins, then start snapping pictures.  

Once you have photos, be sure to label them with all of the application information such as shot description, aspect ratios, indicators for motion, or sequence numbers. 


In today’s technical era it is very easy to create a video using type sketches. There are many apps available online that can help you film your sketches such as: 

  •  VEED 
  • MIVI
  • V2ART


Each panel in your storyboard represents an individual scene. That means you’re going to have a lot of panels. To maximize clarity, use a grid system and 6-9 panels per page. This will ensure you have enough room to communicate your idea without getting too granular. Size of a storyboard also depends upon the type of content that you are preparing for. Its panels and drafts are fully dependent on your subject. 


 Yes, it is a must to shoot every storyboard that shows the storyline of your characters. If not so then you will not be able to create an effective video and your whole efforts will be wasted. Instead of wasting your efforts, put more effort and invest more time in filming each shot, to get a complete production outcome. If you can miss any of the storyboard sketches then it might affect the whole production design. 


A storyboard artist is a person who creates art of sketches, scenes, dialogue etc for the creation of a story for videos(T.V, movies, animations). The artist creates visuals for each major scene in the story including character’s poses, facial expressions, and backgrounds.

Storyboarding is a major career for those who are interested in art, directing, and storytelling. As a storyboard artists can be used in any digital product including video games. Many games have cutscenes or repeat character movements that need to be visualized throughout  boards. 

Storyboarding art became famous because of cartoon visuals, animation, comic books and today it is an emerging platform for individuals to showcase their talent.    


 Storyboard Artists help in creating a visual representation of the animation’s narrative. Storyboard artists translate the scripts and the maker’s/producer’s vision into pictures or sketches. They tend to produce a series of panels of images to plan the shots and ensure continuity between them. Thus, all this creation forms the basis for the animation or movie in the next stage of production.

Each storyboard is made up of panels and the storyboard artists tend to create those panels in such a way that it feels effective and attractive to the viewer at the same time it captures the characters emotions and storylines.

In some cases the storyboard artist gets a script and has to draw the story as-scripted. But many times, especially in TV animation, the storyboard artist is also the writer of the episode. The artist can individually visualize dialogs to add a vision to the story. 


 A storyboard artist should be good at the following jobs in order to be a professional storyboard artist:

  • Sketches and Drawings :- A storyboard artist must be really good at sketching and drawing. Storyboarding is all about creativity which requires skills of an artist to create and generate new ideas for the production to make it more effective. 
  • Emotional connect – An artist should draw something that connects with the audience. Emotions of a character’s feelings, scenes should have an impact on the audience in order to gain more attention toward the production or video. 
  • Storytelling skills – A storyboarding artist must know how to create a story or how to make a story effective in order to fit it in the criteria of a good animation, movie or book that grabs people towards it and at the same time leaves an impact. 


When a video is in the process of forming a digital platform for example – movies, animations, videos they need a roadmap to work with and storyboard artist is the one which helps in  graphic representations of creating such digital tasks so that they can be easily performed with less working cost being included. They create a pre vision to define future planning and formation of a video.  

When someone is trying to make a video he is setting up a plan for production, including all the shots that they will need.  Artists also help in eliminating multiple revisions and help in saving time and money. It may take a long period of time in creating a storyboard but in the end you will get to know how beneficial it is to have a storyboard artist who will create a predefined roadmap for your purpose of creating a digital production. 


A storyboard artist is the one who works with the directors, scriptwriters, and storytellers in a wide range of industries in the production of films, games, animation,T.V Ad, etc. Most of the time storyboard artists have to work alone as they spend most of the time drawing or sketching the storyboard in papers or on computers. For story making they need a space to create a story in their mind and represent it in the sheet .  

Sometimes it is hard for storyboard artists to create a story because storyboarding is hard work as it is a creative work, which needs the time and effort of the artist. 


Their are majorly 3 main types of storyboard artists;

  1. Traditional storyboards Artist  – 

These artists create conceptual pencil sketches which are hand drawn, which is the most traditional form of storyboarding, that provides an idea to write about the visuals after which the final filming is proceed. This type of storyboard artists mainly work for animations,T.V and movies that allows necessary changes to be made in case something is improper.

  1. Thumbnail storyboard Artist  –  

These artists create quick sketches which are the first step of storyboarding and are not bigger than your thumbnail. That’s why these are called thumbnail storyboard artists. Mostly they create tiny stick finger drawings or small images and sketches serving as a guide for a large image.

  1. Digital storyboard Artist  – 

These are storyboard artists, who create drawings in digital softwares. The images are also created with the help of these softwares. In simple words these are the Traditional storyboard artists but also know how to operate a software rather than just creativity of pencil and paper.


Here are top 3 storyboard artists whose work and story inspires every individual artist today:

  1. Glen Kean 

Glen Kean is an American animator, author and illustrator. He was a character animator at Walt Disney Animation for feature films including “The little Mermaid”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “Pocahontas”, “Tarzan” and “Tangled”. He received the 1992 Annie Award for character animation and the 2007 Winsor McCay Award for the lifetime contribution to the field of animation. He was named a Disney Legend in the year 2013.  

  1. Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders also known as Christopher Michael Sanders is an American director, screenwriter, producer, illustrator, and voice actor. His works includes, “Lilo & Stitch” and “How to Train Your Dragon”, both of which he co-wrote and co-directed with Dean DeBlois, The Croods with Krick DeMicco and The Call of the Wall. he is also known for creating the story behind Lilo 7 Stitch and for creating and voicing its characters in the film and its franchises.

  1. Brenda Chapman 

Brenda Chapman is an American animator, screenwriter, storyboard artist, and director. In the year 1998, she became the first woman to direct an animated feature from a major studio, Dreamwork Animation’s The Princess of Egypt. In the year 2012, she co-directed the Disney/Pixar film “Brave” with Mark Andrews and Steve Purcell, becoming the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. 


Here are some well known female storyboard artists:

  1. Bianca Majolie –

Bianca Majoli was an Italian-born in America in 1900. She was a concept artist, and writer. In 1935, she was the first woman to become a storyboard artist for Walt Disney Production. She is an inspiration for many women today at that time she stood for herself and became one of the known personalities of her times.

  1. Retta Scott 

Retta Scott was an American artist born in the year 1916. She was the first woman to receive screen credit. She was an animator at the Walt Disney Animation studios. She completed her education in art & music and soon joined the field of storyboard artists. 

  1. Rosana Sullivan –

Rosana Sullivan is an American director, storyboard artist, writer, and executive producer. Since 2011, she has worked for Pixar Animation Studios. In 2019 she wrote and directed her first animation short film, Kitbull, for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Animator Short Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.   

  1. Shion Takeuchi – 

Shion Takeuchi is an American animator, screenwriter, storyboard artist, and showrunner. She is the creator of the Netflix television series Inside Job and has written and produced for shows “Regular Show”, “Gravity Falls”, “Disenchantment” and others. She was nominated twice for shows such as Annie Award in “writing in an Animation Television/Broadcast Production”, in the year 2016 and 2017, she worked on Gravity Falls. 

  1. Sylvia Moberly-Holland –

Sylvia Moberly-Holland was a British-born concept artist, and the second woman to become a storyboard artist for Walt Disney Production. She worked for disney in the year 1930s and 1940s and is especially known for her work on the 1940s film “Fantasia”


Following points highlight, how a person can become a storyboard artist – 

  1. During your schooling, you can take A-level or higher in fine art, art and design, graphic design, or film studies. 
  2. You can also join art classes to build your skills.
  3. Get your degree in Arts or designing.
  4. Build your network as an artist, do practices and boost up your skills. 
  5. Get a job as a runner or creator storyboard artist.
  6. Look outside the industry to level up your creativity.


Software/Apps used by storyboard artists are:

  • Canva 
  • studioBinder Inc
  • FrameForge 3D Studio
  • Animation
  • StoryBoard Quick
  • Toon Boom Animation
  •  Clip Studio Paint
  • Celtx
  • Moviestorm


  1. Storyboards: Motion in Art –


This publication teaches you how to properly storyboard both traditionally and digitally. You’ll also learn how and where to network and gain clients, how to demand your work, and how to charge accurately for your services. Expert storyboard artists can earn six figures per year. This market is all about connections, but you need to be good at them before you can turn them into business leads.This is one of the best guides to the storyboarding learning process, and the author is not some failed art teacher writing about storyboarding. He does this for a living, and you can put your trust in him.

  1. Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers – 

 In this book  you will know that,this is an incredibly technical book that teaches all of the various directorial shots and poses. You’ll learn how to draw characters with emotions and how to frame a scene so that the viewer feels the same way.This is primarily designed for visual artists working on comic books or graphic novels. However, it is also an important book for anyone interested in storyboarding because many of the concepts apply to moving pictures.

  1. The Storyboard Artist: A Guide to Freelancing in Film, TV, and Advertising


Artist Giuseppe Cristiano has been involved with the industry in a wide range of roles, including storyboarding and directing. These two skill sets overlap significantly, and he put his knowledge into print with his book The Storyboard Artist: A Guide to Freelancing in Film, TV, and Advertising.Giuseppe reaches this topic from the viewpoint of a complete novice, making this a great book for anyone with no prior knowledge of the storyboarding industry.For the professional storyboard artist, each chapter introduces new concepts and workflows. Giuseppe also provides a plethora of illustrations that showcase the various styles of boards from movies to animated shows and commercials.

A fantastic book for beginners who want to delve into the world of professional storyboarding.

  1. Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators –


Drawing realistic storyboards naturally involves specific shots and directorial perspectives. However, it also includes characters with believable expressions and poses. Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators is the best book for practising exaggerated  poses. Storyboarding necessitates a more exaggerated style to demonstrate what each character is doing in the scene.

  1. Professional Storyboarding: Rules of Thumb –

Opening chapter initiate basic tips with snippet examples to assist with comprehending proper storyboard artists decorum. This is especially important for young artists with no industry experience because your portfolio must appear as professional as possible.

You’ll learn about basic camera positions, camera movements, and how to board complicated scenes like fight sequences or car chases.

  1. Exploring Storyboarding –

Actually directors, artists, and occasionally writers, storyboard artists are. You must work hard to get this trifecta, and it does not come naturally.But, Wendy’s book will teach you all the principles of camera panning, jump cuts, and other more technical aspects frequently only seen in the field of film directing. This isn’t the best introduction for someone who wants to quickly put pen to paper because Wendy doesn’t get into technical aspects of storyboarding.

But, this will show you how storyboarding functions, explain why you’re doing it, and provide important context for the entire creative process. The theory in this book can be combined with practical information in a more hands-on book like Storyboard Design Course.


Before spending money on production, a storyboarding tool may help you plan every shot and scenario of your making video. The best aspect is that you can get started without spending any money and that you frequently don’t even need to draw. Which states, you can start your career without an investment but 

As time passes and you grow in your field, your earning will start thoroughly. 


The most important thing when applying for roles in storyboarding is to demonstrate good drawing skills. You need to show your storytelling skills and an understanding of the films. Many storyboard artists have a degree but you don’t necessarily need one as long as you have a strong portfolio and can show your experience.

A career as a storyboard artist is hard to get, but if it’s what you know you want to do, you shouldn’t let anything stop you. This job profile takes a look behind-the-scenes of what a storyboard artist actually does.

You can choose storyboarding as a career by learning many storyboard programs available online in softwares and apps such as, CANVA etc. Even you can open your personal work place for 


There is no such prerequisite for a degree or other qualification, making employment as a storyboard artist viable without doing so first. Although it’s important to have a good portfolio, the employer will put the most emphasis on this when choosing employees. You must possess drawing and sketching abilities in order to become a storyboard artist and to have a prosperous career in that area. You can just improve your artistic abilities while still in school, and later you can pursue degrees in the arts or design to advance your job. That is also how one becomes a storyboard artist.


Following are the skills required to become a storyboard artist:

  • Sketches and Drawings :- A storyboard artist must be really good at sketching and drawing. Storyboarding is all about creativity which requires skills of an artist to create and generate new ideas for the production to make it more effective. 
  • Reach the breach of emotion of the character – An artist should draw something that connects with the audience. Emotions of a character’s feelings, scenes should have an impact on the audience in order to gain more attention toward the production or video. 
  •  Good at Story formation  – A storyboarding artist must know how to create a story or how to make a story effective in order to fit it in the criteria of a good animation, movie or book that grabs people towards it and at the same time leaves an impact. 


Usually beginning as concept artists or animators, storyboard artists can advance to become project managers and art directors. To learn how to create storyboards, do the following:

1. Education: Many storyboard artists hold bachelor’s degrees in visual arts, animation, graphic design, or digital media. Participate in an animation or illustration programme at an art school to develop the essential abilities.

2. Experience: To complement your schooling, internships can give you significant experience. Animators, concept artists, and storyboard revisionists are among the entry-level positions available to storyboard artists. When transitioning to longer-term engagement with production firms to develop films or television shows, it’s typical to work on a per-project basis.

3. Network: Full-time storyboard artists are employed by advertising firms and animation studios like Disney and Pixar. Even yet, many storyboard artists are independent contractors. Building a network of contacts with other artists and potential jobs is essential. Make a portfolio of your work and go to live entertainment industry networking events.


Demonstrating strong drawing abilities is crucial when applying for storyboarding jobs. You must demonstrate your ability to narrate a tale and your knowledge of movies. While a degree is common among storyboard artists, you don’t need to require one if you have a solid portfolio and can demonstrate your experience. Posters, billboards, and music covers are examples of static works that are not best suited for storyboarding. They are far better suited for preparing theatrical productions like plays as well as moving designs like animations and films. At a design studio or possibly in the art department of a production studio, that is where you would typically work. You might work alone, with a team of animators, or with other storyboard artists at a studio. 

To earn work experience, you may consider doing the following:

  1. Working as a freelancer.
  2. Volunteering to teach at organizations or schools.
  3. Obtaining an entry-level artist position.
  4. Earning an internship with a company.
  5. Shadowing a current professional.


Here are top 3 colleges – 

  1. University of Pennsylvania – 

The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia. It is commonly known by the acronyms Penn or UPenn. The University of Pennsylvania, which claims to be the fourth-oldest higher education institution in the country, dates its founding to 1740, the year of the oldest trust it manages. However, it was not founded as a school until Benjamin Franklin and other Philadelphians did so in 1749, making it the fifth-oldest institution of higher education in the country. Twelve graduate and professional schools, as well as four undergraduate schools, are available at the university. The School of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Arts and Sciences are two institutions that accept undergraduate students.

  1. Northwestern Universities – 

Northwestern is a leading research university that is home to more than 90 school-based centers and more than 50 university research centers. With an interdependent culture. It has multiple availability of courses for students who are interested in Arts and Music. And help them become better and have a career. 

It has a graphic design program that provides the techniques, technology, and critical-thinking strategies to create everything from magazine layouts, logos, websites, and print and digital media. 

  1. Carnegie Mellon University –

The school of design is among the oldest and most respected design programs in North America and one of the only leading design programs to offer degrees at the undergraduate and doctoral levels within a top-ranked multidisciplinary research university. Carnegie Mellon University has a fine art course which is best for all those students who are trying to build their career in storyboarding. 


Here is the link through which you can apply for being an artist for disney:


Here is how you can be apply for pixar jobs:


Here is how you can apply for storyboard artist position in cartoon network:


The average annual salary of a storyboard artist is approximately $114,300. The annual salary for storyboard artists ranges from $85,000 to $149,000. At the initial level there’s no defined amount. If you want to start a business/ career in storyboarding at an initial level do not have higher revenue expectations. Sometimes it will take a long time to build a career as an artist but once your work gets recognized by authorities/people you will start earning a satisfactory amount. 


The head of story uses storyboard artists to help him or her visualize the plot of the animation. The director’s vision and the narrative are translated into images by storyboard artists. To prepare for the photos and ensure continuity between them, they create a number of panels of photographs.A storyboard artist specializes in TV or film animation. They create the storyboard, a visual planning tool that breaks down a director’s vision into individual shots and scenes. Before the cameras even start rolling, storyboard artists enable the production team to envision their movie.The storyboard artist translates story concepts into visual scenes for advertising in other fields. To generate ideas, he or she meets with the storyteam. Drawings of scenes that capture the action and emotion of the scenes are created by the artist.


You can find a storyboard artist’s job on many animation companies’ websites. Go through those websites and apply for your job some of the websites for storyboard artist job are –


These are the States with the most storyboard artists job:

  1. Connecticut – 77
  2. Washington – 190
  3. District of Columbia – 44
  4. New York – 396 
  5. MaryLand – 103
  6. Oregon – 97


Here are top 3 states to work as a storyboard artist – 

  • According to the research, New York is the best state where an artist can find a job and earn his best  expenses to live a life and expand his career. As this state has the most number of jobs for storyboard artists 396.
  • Washington is the state with 190 job opportunities and can help a storyboard artist to get a reliable job position to build a successful artistic career. 
  • Maryland also has job opportunities for storyboard artists, as per the data it has 103 job opportunities for a storyboard artist to start his career.  


Here are top animation company who provide employment to storyboard artists with a good salary package –


Yes, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 16% increase in demand for storyboard artists between 2020 and 2030. That implies that in the future, there will be an increase in employment of more than 7,800. It is an emerging job field, as nowadays people’s attention is turning towards animations more than movies, which demands storyboard artists as they film and direct animations at the same time they frame the story of an animation and movies. 


A storyboard artist works on movies, animated TV shows, or other media. They create the storyboard, a visual planning tool that breaks down a director’s vision into individual shots and scenes. Before the cameras even start rolling, a production crew can envisage their movie thanks to storyboard artists.

A storyboard artist is typically employed in a design studio, possibly within the art department of a production studio. You could work independently or in a studio with an animation team or other storyboard artists. You spend the majority of your time sitting at a drawing board or a computer.

Storyboard artists work with the head of story to visualize the plot of the animation. The director’s vision and the script are translated into images by storyboard artists. To organize the shots and guarantee continuity between them, they create a series of panels of images.

To help clients, producers, and/or directors visualize the finished product, a storyboard artist must collaborate with them. You accomplish this by using storyboards to develop a step-by-step, visual process for your project. You will work on specifics like backgrounds in addition to the story and character development.


Cones of storyboarding are – 

Conflict resolution can be difficult because storyboards are in a specific file, which means you might lose some of your work.

Code review issues are one of the main drawbacks of storyboarding. Many ambiguous elements in storyboards, which use the XML format, can make it challenging for new developers who join your team to comprehend what is actually happening in your app.

It can be challenging to work with segues. Of course, using storyboards to view the overall functionality of your app is a great idea, but doing so while transferring data between view controllers isn’t so great. The end result is typically a massive technique referred to as prepare For Segue.


Animatics are made up of the same images as storyboards, but they are stitched together in a specific order and rendered as video. The only distinction between an animatic and a storyboard is that in an animatic, artists stitch together frames and render them to create an animated video.

Storyboard artists are involved in both the live-action and animation processes. During the early stages of production, these artists read and visualize the script alongside the director. These artists try to compose their boards in a way that best serves the story of the script.

It is possible to apply animations without using the StoryBoard. Instead of using a StoryBoard, animations can be applied using the Begin Animation method. When basic animations are applied to a control’s property, this method can be used.

What is a Storyboard Revisionist?

Working with existing boards and rough sketches, thumbnails, and finished panels, a storyboard revisionist builds an animatic that is clear and concise. closely working with the animation director and storyboard supervisor to revise storyboards.

Revisionists are more concerned with the art side of things, whereas storyboard artists are concerned with the balance of art and storytelling. Every revisionist, whether for a major Disney film or a small 30-second commercial, is critical to the animation pipeline.The average pay for storyboard revisionists in the US is $71,750, with salaries ranging from $57,400 to $86,100.


A good board artist can earn anywhere from $150-350 per day as a mid-level artist to $450-$700 per day as a high-level artist. Weekly rates range from $1000-1500 to a high of $2000-$3000. Hourly rates can range from $30-$50 per hour for a mid-level position to $60-$85 for a high-level position.

The hourly rate for a storyboard artist can range from $50 to $200. When hiring an artist, ask them to take their time and provide you with a few samples.


Total cash compensation for the PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS Story Artist in the United States, which includes base pay and annual bonuses. Total cash compensation ranges from $61,080 to $80,004, with an average total cash compensation of $70,542.

The annual salary for a Storyboard Artist for Animation at Pixar Animation Studios is $78,102. 


A Storyboard Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios is thought to make an annual salary of $80,381. In our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model, which is based on salaries gathered from our users, this number represents the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges. The annual base salary is estimated to be $71,109.The Walt Disney Company pays $18.04 per hour in the United States, which is 10% higher than the national average.


The highest paid workers at Cartoon Network earn over $107,000 annually, while the lowest paid earn less than $26,000. Additionally, salaries differ by department.

Jobs at cartoon network as per salary are – 

Animator                                                                          Range:$34k – $81k

Graphic Artist / Designer                                                   Range:$35k – $68k 

Production Assistant                                                         Range:$29k – $51k

Production Manager, Film/TV                                            Range:$51k – $97k 


If you work 7 hours a day (without breaks), it will take you 25 days to finish, not counting weekends, or 5 weeks in total. A full 6 weeks’ worth of work is obtained by adding 2 days for creating thumbnails and 3 days for creating an animatic using your own storyboards. A television storyboard based on a written script typically requires 10 to 20 minutes per panel, not including revision time. This is also based on a board that was created on paper without using Toon Boom Storyboard Pro or Adobe Flash to add the timing or dialogue tracts.