Introduction to Storyboarding for Animated Films

A course by Petra Popescu , Storyboard Artist

Storyboard Artist. Leipzig, Germany.
Joined August 2021

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

  • 93% positive reviews (55)
  • 2835 students
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

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

A course by Petra Popescu

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!

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 21 downloads

Analyzing the Script
8 minutes, 25 seconds
Creating Thumbnails
15 minutes, 36 seconds
Creating More Thumbnails
17 minutes, 10 seconds
Storyboarding in Photoshop
10 minutes, 18 seconds
  • 93% positive reviews (55)
  • 2835 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

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.

Projects by course students

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.


2835 Students
55 Reviews
93% 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

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

    First Steps to the Storyboard

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

    • Cleanup
    • Presenting Your Storyboard
  • 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
  • 93% positive reviews (55)
  • 2835 students