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  • Kim Burke


Updated: May 4

After placing my storyboarding aside to concentrate on my CAD work, I got back into the swing of drawing and sketching to illustrate how See Buoy works. I decided previously that I liked the style of a 'pathway' or 'walkthrough' of storyboard as seen below, and began planning. I also discovered the wonders of proCREATE... I don't know how I had not discovered this illustration programme before, but it was a game changer! By reaching out to several illustration students to ask about their chosen digital drawing programmes, I was able to create more texture and depth to my illustrations.

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Using characters previously developed, I began illustrating. It took me longer than I initially anticipated, but I enjoyed the process! An example of the style I worked to for my storyboards can be seen below:

I chose to combine renders of the CAD model into the illustrations to allow the sharpness of the polished product to 'pop' and contrast the loose sketchy style of the surrounding environment.

I decided to move away from the previously explored style (seen below) of using images from my research trip as this was very time consuming and the style wouldn't have been in keeping throughout as I did not have images for every scene! Instead I made it a little more playful and less serious.

After completing the storyboard scenes, I printed each out to experiment with possible layouts. This was a little tricky as the storyboard had 12 scenes and I wanted to ensure that the text was visible throughout. To get round this obstacle I have considered animating the storyboard to allow it to pan into each scene, moving with the timeline to allow the viewer to read and see the illustration in greater detail. Although I have already spent a lot of time watching you tube videos to figure out how to do so, so this will be an extra (if I have time) addition to the storyboard.

(Apologies for poor image quality)

The aim of the storyboard as a whole was to illustrate how the buoy works.

- To do this clearly, I chose to use a persona, John. In this storyboard featured below, John tries out See Buoy for he first time. The storyboard illustrates what John did to set up and operate the buoy, and explains how the buoy works at sea. By introducing other characters (boats in this case) into the scenario, See Buoy demonstrates how it performs with other water users in the situation.

View final storyboard below:

Finally, the storyboard communicates the products environmental and financial benefits for its users. A ripple effect of these benefits is also highlighted by the introduction of trawlers and reduction of damage to their own equipment.

View full size scenes below:


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