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Storyboards: Motion In Art, 3rd Edition by Mark A. Simon

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CHAPTER 28

Contrast and Mood

Contrast and mood is also known as chiaroscuro: the pictorial representation in terms of light and shade without regard to color; the arrangement or treatment of light and dark in a work of art. That’s great, but what does it mean to a storyboard artist? The term itself doesn’t say much, since most clients will have no idea what it means. The concept, though, means a lot when it’s used properly.

While a client may not understand why some images jump off the page when they look at them, they remember the ones that do. Contrast can be used simply to make an image stronger without affecting the feeling of a scene. It can just as easily be used to set a strong visual tone for the scene.

In Figure 28.1, the top storyboard ...

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