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When I graduated from college in 2D Animation, the department director suggested I aim to be a storyboard artist. Now to me that was a slap in the face. I spent 3 years to learn to make things move and it felt like he just told me I'm not good enough for it.

Also I basically knew how to do storyboards since before taking animation classes. Like a comic book but with fixed panel sizes and a stronger focus on linear timeline (in comics time is more elastic) and all the stuff you see in films. It still bugs me to this day.

On the other hand I often read how it's one of the toughest jobs in an animation production, that it requires tons of knowledge and pretty good draftsman skills. But still to me animation seems to require more skills. Anyways I've been boarding since 2007 and most of my jobs seemed to have been about getting ideas down unto paper, whether it's for animation, game designs, layouts for websites, gameplay features, and sometimes I even got to do some rough flipbook animations to get those ideas across.

But all those years I'm still stuck with what I interpreted as "Not good enough for animation". Early attempts at getting my foot in the door seemed to support that, even though by then everything was in cut-out style. I animated stuff in 3D space.

...Have a great Sunday! :D


Michel Dinel
Artist | Professional | Varied
I'm a storyboard artist with 2D animation background and with a childhood dream of doing comics. Currently I do storyboards for video games aiming for excellence in visual storytelling while also doing other tasks helping people have a clearer picture of all the hazy confusion there is when starting a project and through milestones. I hope to storyboard on big movies someday and maybe release a self-made comic book or two in the future. I also have an immense knowledge of all things video games and would love to have a more creative role in that field eventually.

Current job : Storyboard Artist at Eidos Montréal - Square Enix
Storyboards so far: Rise of the Tomb Raider ; Deus Ex : Mankind Divided; Deconstructed; How It's Made; cancelled Bubble Gum Crisis live action film; Storm Hawks; Pérusse Cité (on one episode); a bunch of Nestle cereal commercials for Pascal Blais; SuperBook; and more.
Current Residence: Canada (Montreal,Quebec)


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PedroSotto Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Hi, thanks for watching! :-)
debureturns Featured By Owner Edited Sep 7, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
a) Just checked out your portfolio - very impressive. I love your drawing style; the bold colours and dramatic lighting look great. You're clearly a seriously talented artist! :nod:

b) Don't be too worried about what the department director had to say. His opinion isn't necessarily that of everyone in the industry; it may well be that he's just not a fan of your art style. From what I've seen, I'm sure you could make it in animation; you've clearly got both the artistic skill, and the drive to produce great work. If you really want to do it, you can; even if you're not invited to big-budget animation companies like Pixar, there is a multitude of indie companies who would value your input. It really depends on how far you're willing to go to realise your dream, and also how much you're prepared to sacrifice in order to achieve that dream. Don't give up! Just because you're employed now, doesn't mean you can't look around and see how the land lies. :nod:
Padder Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks. Well I've been around long enough to know that I probably wouldn't enjoy animation, at least the way it is in North America these days. Just gotta get off my lazy butt and do a short or something.
debureturns Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Perhaps it might be worth considering positions in other countries? It seems that these days, travel isn't really an issue anymore; you can just hop on a plane, and be in places you never dreamed you'd go to. *grins* I'm being a massive hypocrite when I say that, though; I'm definitely not the world-hopping type. The better the Internet gets, the less likely I am to visit warmer climes... I guess it's a case of 'no guts, no glory'. :nod:
jaredjlee Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the energy of your art.
Padder Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hey thanks!
Ben10Fluid Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
your artstyle is epic
Padder Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
epic thanks
PupperPrinceSam Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your style is so vibrant and inspiring I love it oAo
Padder Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hey thanks!
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