Storyboards and Comics: Big Careers in Itty Bitty Panels
|Aidan Casserly is the creator of the webcomic Scapula as well as a freelance storyboard artist. He actually took a break from a storyboard gig in progress to write this article.|
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If you’re a comic creator then there’s a very good chance you’ve had worries about money (I won’t ride the “starving artist” cliché any more than I have to, so bear with me for the moment). Making money in comics can be sometimes be very difficult, whether you’re just beginning or are already a seasoned pro. For this reason a lot of comic creators take on other work on the side while they create their comics (or do comics on the side of working other jobs, but I’ll let you figure out the balance for yourself), and you’ll find that many professional comic artists also work in illustration, advertising, concept art for film, television, and games, and so on.
A very common pairing of careers are artists who specialize in comics and storyboards. The reason for this is obvious enough: both storyboards and comics are forms of sequential art, and can at times look quite similar to one another.