The Gnomon Workshop

Storyboarding Techniques

with Fred Gago


This lesson introduces students to the fundamentals of storyboarding using Adobe Photoshop. After a brief introduction to the core principals of storyboarding, Storyboard and Concept Artist Fred Gago guides students through the process of illustrating a series of boards to tell a short narrative. The lessons include basic shot descriptions and abbreviations, simple camera moves, choosing the proper aspect ratio, as well as how to navigate Photoshop to create custom templates and manipulate default brushes. Once the stage is set, we'll explore how to compile found reference and story ideas into a cohesive document called the reference deck using Adobe Bridge and Adobe Acrobat. Along the way Fred discusses how to place characters on the screen, being dynamic and using good composition to great great looking frames. Once the narrative is complete we take a quick look at Adobe Photoshop's robust exporting features and export all of our hard work as a professional looking pdf document.

Duration: 553 Minutes

Format: HD 1920x1200

Fred Gago

Freelance Concept / Storyboard Artist

Fred Gago is professional freelance artist who has spent the last decade providing everything from Storyboards to Character/Creature design, as well as UI and Graphic Design for a multitude of clients that include Disney, 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal, and Adult Swim Games. He has contributed to a variety of television projects such as American Horror Story, Arrow, Scream Queens, Outcast, and Banshee. Currently Fred is employed as an Art Director for an educational app as well as an instructor of Storyboarding at the Gnomon School in Hollywood. In his spare time Fred frequents live drawing events, when he's not developing a handful of his own intellectual properties.>