For the final assignment at my Vizdev class I had to come up with 3 compositions about the story. I had to do 30 to 40 thumbnails (which I’ll post later) and pick 5 to 6 to do a tone thumbnail pass.

They all had to be at thumbnail size, black and white with about 5 or 6 grays inbetween and somewhat rough. I’ve used the dry brush 36 to block the most important shapes then I did some smaller detail. It’s a nice exercise to learn how to control brightness and contrast.


This past summer I took a storyboard class and this was one of the assignments. As I recall, the assignment was to storyboard a personal bad experience. One of my favorite bad experiences (that I think it’s funny and gross) was when I ate a bow of cereal while watching TV. Since I was staring at the TV I didn’t notice my cereal was infested with tiny maggots. I only realized it when I was almost done with the bowl.

It reads from left to right on each page.

I did this test on a small cintiq, which is really hard to get a nice line. The cintiq is awesome and very productive, but I can’t get a nice straight line on it. They all look like scribbles to me. If I had time I wish I could retouch the tone… it all looks very muddy, but deadlines are more important to meet.