The essential materials needed for a storyboard artist are few, but the list gets longer as you enhance the quality and detail of your work. A number of these materials are simply a matter of personal preference.


Figure 5.1 Miscellaneous supplies on author Mark Simon’s desk at Animatics & Storyboards, Inc. Notice the toys and small mirror used for reference. The marker stand was handmade with foam core to accommodate all the markers.

Here are the materials a storyboard artist is likely to use.

Pencils (mechanical with 2B leads, non-repro, Ebony, Col-Erase in black and blue, etc.)

Computer, scanner, graphics programs, graphics ...

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