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Visual Storytelling with Iain McCaig Vol.1

Anatomy of a Story



Stories can be written with pictures as well as with words. Veteran storyteller and concept artist Iain McCaig takes you on a journey through the process of creating a story visually – from story beats and story gates, to story drawings and the art of dreaming images on paper. By the end of this title, you will have the tools and techniques you need to create dynamic visual stories of your own. This demonstration contains the source for the subsequent lessons on creature and character design, as Iain McCaig retells Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" as a science fiction epic.

Duration: 120 minutes

Format: SD 640x480

Iain McCaig

Concept Designer

Iain McCaig is an internationally recognized and award-winning artist, and one of the motion picture industry's leading conceptual designers. He has worked on numerous films, including Peter Pan, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Most recently, Iain was one of the principal designers on Star Wars Episode One, Star Wars Episode Two and Star Wars Episode Three in which his work includes the landmark designs for Queen Amidala and Darth Maul. As a concept designer, screenwriter, director and illustrator, Iain's talents have led him to numerous projects including The Face, his directorial debut in 1988. In 2001 he wrote and designed his first CG feature film, The Pied Piper for Imax/Mainframe. Iain has taught drawing and storytelling for over twenty years.

  • "Any time an artist or designer can portray story points through a design or an illustration, the work becomes much more engaging. Iain does a wonderful job of explaining the structure of visual storytelling and how to create strong character designs that support your story."

    - Scott Robertson
    Founder, Design Studio Press