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Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animation Features and Shorts by Nancy Beiman

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Diamond in the Rough Model Sheet: Refining Character Designs

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

—Scott Adams, creator of “Dilbert”

Your characters’ bodies, typical expressions, actions, and emotions will become easier to draw as storyboarding progresses. Surface details will be eliminated or simplified and body shapes will change as you draw the character in different attitudes. Storyboard drawings are the most practical way to see which design elements help and which ones hinder the character’s ability to act. A character’s appearance may change dramatically from the original rough design after a few sequences are boarded. You should wind up with an appealing design that you are comfortable ...

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