How to Make a Cartoon Storyboard


Developing a cartoon storyboard is the process of drafting a story to be turned into a digital or paper comic or cartoon. Many artists draw one image and make that a comic. However, to tell a story requires some planning and forethought. Putting together a storyboard is a helpful tool in bringing a project to fruition.

Things You'll Need

  • Large poster board
  • Drawing implements
  • Writing paper
  • Develop your idea. A storyboard is the visualization of ideas, but it may be a work in progress. On a large piece of poster board, draw blocked-out squares and write "number 1, number 2 " and so on in the corner of each block to represent the panes of the storyboard.

  • Write the storyboard script. On a piece of writing paper, define your story in script form. Each block represents a scene. Write the number of the block, then write a rough draft of what the scene looks like and the words you would be putting in the word bubbles of your strip.

  • Draw rough sketches of each scene from the script in the corresponding blocks. A storyboard acts as a visual representation of what is to come. It is like a written rough draft. Your drawings may be stick figures and rough. Add words to thought bubbles.

  • Behind the stick figures that reflect movement, add background images that reflect content. For example, trees illustrate that the scene occurs outside. Add these images as needed to the storyboard panes.

  • Add director's notes to the storyboard. Write in the margins any specifics on how you would like the project to look in its completion. For instance, if the project is to be a digital animation, you may have music in mind. In this case, note on the storyboard at which panes the music moves in an out of the piece.

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