Visual development tips: Tell a story with your artwork

Digital painting of ghost girl in pool
(Image credit: Simon Baek)

What is visual development? Well, it’s designing anything that can help to visualise a story. In this workshop I’ll be focusing on pre-visual development, which is about painting scenery.

In the pre-visual development phase, artists paint a lot of scenes that can help visualise the world of the story. I’ll cover what the different art techniques you need to focus on when you’re working on your painting. I consider this as one of the most enjoyable roles in vis-dev work, and I recommend that everyone tries their hand at doing it.

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Simon is a visual development artist who’s worked at Pixar, and is now at Titmouse, Inc as a layout designer.