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June 09, 2011

"Visual Storytelling with Iain McCaig" (video review)


© Iain McCaig, The Gnomon Workshop and Design Studio Press

Visual Storytelling with Iain McCaig vols. 1-4
Gnomon Workshop and Design Studio Press


Iain McCaig leads us through the art of visual storytelling, creating a space age version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” in a re-telling that captures all the enchantment of the original. McCaig gears his presentation for all levels of skill and experience from beginners to advanced artists. He stresses that the basic elements for creating a story can be implemented in composition and placement regardless of the level of drawing ability one has.

McCaig guides us through the process for developing character concepts beginning with the creation of a storyboard. He demonstrates his techniques with both traditional drawing and digital media, and the transitions between the two going from paper to Photoshop. Throughout he relates the importance of using references from nature and one's everyday surroundings to achieve accurate anatomy and lighting effects. These effects are essential to creating believable representations of even the most fantastical or mythological creatures. In each lesson McCaig relates his work and process to both the previous and the next step in order to never lose sight of the story he is trying to tell and how this affects his visual choices.

This video is among the many available to borrow from Imageworks in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at June 9, 2011 10:00 AM

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