Abigail Lee on #Feboardary and building community with story artists

Abigail Lee posted on Twitter using the hashtag #Feboardary to announce a month-long challenge for storyboard artists. In that Tweet she shared five ways to participate in the challenge, complete with prompts for storyboards. Artists can also use the hashtag, which combines the words ‘storyboard’ with ‘February,’ to share their work throughout the month.

Abigail is a recent graduate from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She graduated in 2020, in the middle of pandemic lockdowns. Because of this, her entry into the animation industry hasn’t been as seamless as she expected. Abigail says she created #Feboardary so that story artists could actively practice storyboarding and connect with each other online.

We spoke to Abigail about what inspired her to create the #Feboardary challenge and what she hopes it will bring to the storyboarding community. She shares a bit about her own storyboarding process, and advice for artists who are new to storyboarding. Read our interview below!

📝Introducing #Feboardary! A month-long challenge to practice storyboarding and to connect with other story artists!
There are 5 ways to participate so don’t sweat it if you can only do one day! 😀 I’m excited to see what everyone makes pic.twitter.com/x6CqN5NFXb

— abby⭐Story artist looking for work! (@ebbigal) January 20, 2021

 

Can you share with us your background as a storyboard artist?

I studied at The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and graduated last year. The storyboarding classes were my favourite ones during my program. I enjoyed them so much that while at SCAD I started a storyboarding club with my friend, Lee Onysko. The club was dedicated to sharing resources and tips about storyboarding, as well as insights and advice from industry professionals. Occasionally, we had the opportunity to interview industry professionals for the club! For example, we organized a series of talks focusing on different marginalized groups. These included Women, POC, and LGBTQ+ story artists in animation.

It was really fun to see how the club got so many students, including myself, excited about storyboarding. It helped to foster a community around the craft at SCAD, and it showed us that there is a strong community of story artists within the industry. By the time I graduated from SCAD, I knew that storyboarding was a career that I could really see myself doing.

I graduated in 2020, which was an interesting time since it was in the middle of the pandemic. There was no graduation ceremony, and I cancelled my plans to move to Los Angeles because of the lockdowns. Since graduating, I’ve done some freelance commissioned work while actively applying to jobs and networking. With everything online because of the pandemic, it’s a tough and discouraging time to be applying for industry work.

In the meantime, I’ve been making a podcast with my friend, Arielle Guevara, called Hey Hire Us, where we interview unemployed friends about their job searches. This project, as well as #Feboardary, are both helping me feel like I am part of the animation community. Working on them keeps me feeling productive despite being unemployed.

What do you love most about the craft of storyboarding?

All my storyboards are based on personal experiences. For example, I have a board that is about two girls who are coming up with creative ways to stop

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