Introduction to Storyboarding for Animated Films

A course by Petra Popescu
Storyboard Artist. Leipzig, Germany.
Joined August 2021
, Storyboard Artist

Learn to visually interpret a script and capture the emotions of the plot and characters with your drawings

  • German with subtitles in English
  • 95% positive reviews (19)
  • 935 students

Learn to visually interpret a script and capture the emotions of the plot and characters with your drawings

German with subtitles in English
  • 95% positive reviews (19)
  • 935 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 46m)
  • 21 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

There are more than 100 different ways to express an idea. But there's only one that can make your audience laugh or cry. In this online course, Petra Popescu teaches you how to think like her, a professional storyboard artist, whose job is to plan how a film sequence will look on screen by wearing many hats. According to Petra, she's a director, camera operator, editor, actor, and lighting technician all rolled into one, playing the role of each with a pen in hand.

Learn to immerse yourself in another universe and the characters who live there, as well as explore the best way a camera can capture a story. For the final project, draw a storyboard for a scene with a short dialogue following your teacher's professional approach, from the script analysis and initial concepts to a rough board and the final art. Discover just how much emotion a look, a pose, or a slight hand gesture can convey!

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Introduction to Storyboarding
  • U3
    U3. First Steps to the Storyboard
  • U4
    U4. Storyboard Rough
  • U5
    U5. Final Touches and Application of Your Storyboard
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin the course by getting to know your teacher, Petra Popescu, who tells you about where her passion for storyboards comes from and how she managed to build a career around them. She also shares some of her sources of inspiration, from movies and comics to the storyboards of other artists.

Next, discover the purpose of storyboards, what kinds of projects they're used for, and how they play a similar role to that of a director. Learn the fundamentals of camera angles and film editing, as well as how storyboard artists think and work.

It's time to apply what you've learned! Read through and analyze the script, planning out camera angles and scene movements using thumbnails. Once you've outlined the sequence, Petra shows you how to work on your final project in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro or Photoshop.

Start by drawing a rough board and gradually add layers of detail, focusing on concepts like perspective, composition, animation, acting, and character relationships. Then, learn to insert logical cuts and establish the proper left-right orientation for character views and scene movements by applying the 180-degree rule.

Petra wraps up the course with some tips on how to clean up your drawings to create the final board and export it when it's ready. She also explains how to successfully present your work.

What is this course's project?

Create a storyboard for an animated film, taking a professional approach to your work. You can use the material Petra provides, like the script, character design, and setting, or work on a personal project with your own materials.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to learn how to visually interpret a script and tell stories efficiently through images, whether as a storyboard, editorial illustration, or conceptual art.

Requirements and materials

Some drawing skills and experience are required for this course.

The industry standard for storyboarding is Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, but you can complete your final project with just pen and paper or a program like Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint, or Procreate.


935 Students
19 Reviews
95% Positive ratings

Petra Popescu

A course by Petra Popescu

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Storyboard Artist

Petra Popescu lives in Germany and works as a freelance storyboard artist in the animation industry. After graduating with a degree in graphic design, she found her calling during the first few projects she worked on as a prop and character designer and director's assistant. She started exploring the world of black-and-white Japanese comics at a young age thanks to anime series Dragon Ball, sparking her life-long fascination with the expressive power of a few simple lines and shading.

The current aim of her art is to elicit intense emotions from her audience using minimal resources. Her work ranges from film projects and video game cinematics to US and German children's shows, as well as movies and series for Netflix.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Inspirations
  • U2

    Introduction to Storyboarding

    • Film Editing
    • Introduction to Cinematography
    • What Are Storyboards and What Is Their Function?
  • U3

    First Steps to the Storyboard

    • Storyboarding in Photoshop
    • Storyboarding with Toon Boom Storyboard Pro
    • Creating More Thumbnails
    • Creating Thumbnails
    • Analyzing the Script
  • U4

    Storyboard Rough

    • Into the Depth 1
    • Into the Depth 2
    • Characters
    • Acting and Relationship of the Characters
    • When Do We Cut and Why? Hook-up
    • 180-Degree Rule
  • U5

    Final Touches and Application of Your Storyboard

    • Presenting Your Storyboard
    • Cleanup
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Storyboarding for Animated Films

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Introduction to Storyboarding for Animated Films. 3D, Animation & Illustration course by Petra Popescu

Introduction to Storyboarding for Animated Films

A course by Petra Popescu
Storyboard Artist. Leipzig, Germany.
Joined August 2021
  • 95% positive reviews (19)
  • 935 students