Artists are obviously making use of technology in a different way to everyone else. But what just might be most surprising about this emerging practice is just how much it communicates – and in some cases even communicates better – about the artist directly. By combining a storyboard with stop motion animation to convey feelings and thoughts about a piece of work, artists remain active participants in the process. At the same time, these kinds of applications can be incredibly entertaining and easy to use. Imagine how much more interesting your presentations would be if you could either design the entire sequence or simply put together various props and pieces that would complete it? Good concept boards artist knows to communicate concepts and visual ideas.
Artists need to be creative and engage with their tools. It’s a necessity for our medium. It increases our ability to recognize forms and relationships between elements in our visual world, which can assist us in developing strong relationships with clients and other artists. Practicing performance of any kind can facilitate these developments. With the advent of new, faster tools for creative production, performance has become an even more important aspect of our process.
The use of performance in storyboarding is a form of storytelling that has been around for decades. But because computers can now execute commands faster than humans, performance can help create an even faster storyboard. Performance is easily understood by the common man — it’s visible and tangible; it can be experienced firsthand and it tests our creativity. Performance can also be used to help explain things in a more organized manner to experts (who may not be artists themselves but have studied performance and understand its benefits when applied to design).
Whether you’re a visual storyboard artist, “storyboard maestro”, or love of all things visual, the topic of performance art and its effects on storyboard production is an interesting one. I find myself revisiting discussions of the “rules of storytelling” as I’m developing my own methods and approaches. One thing I’ve noticed is that as we become more practiced at creating “fast” content, our ability to slow down and reflect on what’s being depicted goes up as well. Performance art is a great way to slow down and pay attention — it makes you think more deeply about your work.
There is an undeniable connection between visual arts and technology. It is an easy assumption to make, given the way we see the world and each other through art. The lines are often blurry or constantly moving. Artists use their bodies to paint pictures in a way that makes it hard for us to follow their movements or understand how they are accomplishing things. This unusual perspective allows artists to see things that aren’t there, as well as see what is. It is this type of seeing that can be beneficial to us when trying to understand how tech can be used as an aid in communicating and creating visual experiences. Go here for anyone interested with our concepts.