Introduction to Storyboarding

A course by Laura Ewing Ferrer
Character Designer and Storyboarder. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2020
, Character Designer and Storyboarder

Learn how to translate a script into creative illustrations that tell a story

  • 99% positive reviews (197)
  • 4515 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to translate a script into creative illustrations that tell a story

  • 99% positive reviews (197)
  • 4515 students
  • 18 lessons (2h 30m)
  • 29 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Discover how to tell your stories with creative and professional storyboarding by learning the fundamentals of visual storytelling. Award-winning storyboard artist and character designer Laura Ewing teaches her step-by-step method for creating a storyboard that captures the essence of a script with mood and power.

In Laura’s first course, she teaches her students how to create a character design for animation in Photoshop. In this course, learn to tell your story through a lens, using cinematographic techniques and professional storyboarding methods. Are you ready to dive into storyboarding?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Learning the Language of Cinema
  • U3
    U3. Rules of Thumb
  • U4
    U4. My Process
  • U5
    U5. How to Present Your Work
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Laura, who tells you about her professional journey and the decisions she made to get to where she is today. Discover the artists that have influenced her style and inspire her every day, before finding out what Laura will cover in the course.

Delve into the world of storyboarding by understanding why there is a need for storyboards. Discover the different types of camera shots and learn about framing and composition.

Learn about the rule of thirds for storyboards, see how to work with an axis line, and analyze the clip of an animated movie to understand how it was constructed. Learn how to create depth by going through perspective theory applied to storyboarding.

See Laura’s process for storyboarding in the fourth unit, starting with how she builds ideas while reading and analyzing a scene. Create your thumbnails and story sketches with Laura’s guidelines and examples. Tackle your final panels by tieing up all your preparation and research together.

Learn how to present your work in the final unit of the course. Start by seeing the best way to communicate your storyboard to others. Laura then shares her insights and experience in dealing with clients and tells you which questions to ask for effective results. Finally, see Laura’s portfolio and get expert tips on how to present your work professionally.

What is this course's project?

Create a storyboard based on your own script or favorite scene in a book or play.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

For illustrators and future storyboarders who want to learn about the language of cinema to add more narrative to their work while also discovering the mechanics of the industry. Cinema enthusiasts who want to learn basic tools to create storyboards for live-action movies, advertising, or animation will also enjoy the course.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, basic drawing skills will be helpful but not essential.

You will need a computer and digital software with a layer function. Laura will use Adobe Photoshop, but you can use whichever you prefer. If you don’t have experience in perspective drawing, you can use software like Autodesk, Krita, or Photoshop that have built-in perspective functions. You can also use a pencil and paper if you feel more comfortable.


4515 Students
197 Reviews
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Laura Ewing Ferrer

A course by Laura Ewing Ferrer

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Character Designer and Storyboarder

Laura Ewing is a freelance illustrator and storyboarder with a passion for animation. As a young girl, she would spend hours watching documentaries and DVD extras of her favorite animated films, in disbelief that creating these stories was a real job.

She went on to study Graphic Design, with a specialization in illustration, to then study Fine Art at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy, and obtained her Master’s degree in storyboarding at Lightbox Academy.

Her diverse experience in the industry includes working in-house at Smile and Learn, as well as working as a freelance artist for documentaries, pilot series, and publishing houses. She most recently worked on a storyboarding project for a live-action movie, which will be released in 2021 and for Madrid 2120 as a storyboard artist, which received this year’s Goya award for best short animation.


  • U1


    • Introduction
    • What We Will Do in This Course?
    • Influences
  • U2

    Learning the Language of Cinema

    • Framing and Composition
    • Types of Shot Sizes and Why We Use Them
    • Why Do We Need Storyboarding?
  • U3

    Rules of Thumb

    • Perspective
    • How to Represent Camera Movements
    • Looking at Others Do What They Do
    • Crossing the Axis 180º
    • Rule of Thirds
  • U4

    My Process

    • Final Panels
    • Story Sketch
    • Thumbnails Testing Framing and Composition
    • Getting Technical Notes
  • U5

    How to Present Your Work

    • Portfolio and Website Tips
    • Dealing with Clients
    • How to Name Your Scenes and Present Your Work
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Storyboarding

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Introduction to Storyboarding. Illustration course by Laura Ewing Ferrer

Introduction to Storyboarding

A course by Laura Ewing Ferrer
Character Designer and Storyboarder. Madrid, Spain.
Joined May 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (197)
  • 4515 students