Visual Storytelling

In this course, legendary Disney art director Bill Perkins will teach you the skillsets needed to create strong visual storytelling for film and animation. With his years of experience working on films like Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Space Jam, Bill will help build your visual vocabulary to aid in your creative storytelling. You will learn about the visual components like primaries of design. Bill will lecture on the importance of dominance and subordination. You will explore ways to achieve shape clarity as well as manipulate both visible and implied lines. From there, Bill will analyze the use of color and visual subtext to help enhance your visual storytelling.

7 Lessons 16h 33m 4s of videos

In week two, you will explore how to achieve shape clarity and distinction. Bill will review the concept of dominant vs. subordinate and lecture on Notan vs. Chiaroscuro. You will learn how to utilize line, mass, and form to create image clarity.

In week seven, Bill will lecture on how subtext makes your visual storytelling more engaging. You will learn the effects of framing an image. Then, you will discover that adding or subtracting details will affect how the image reads to the viewer.

Common Questions

Is this course beginner friendly?

This course is appropriate for intermediate and advanced levels.

Are there any assignments in this course?

This course includes downloadable assignment PDFs, that help you practice the materials taught by instructor Bill Perkins. Keeping up with these assignments will maximize your learning outcomes.

What materials do I need to get for this course?

A material PDF list is linked in each lesson under the description. Please check the file to see what you need to prepare.

Can I do this course digitally, using Photoshop or Procreate?

All New Masters Academy courses are designed to be done traditionally or digitally. Software changes constantly, but the fundamentals stay the same. It will be up to you to translate the information that you are learning to your software of choice.