I’ve gotten several asks about where to learn storyboards and what books to read up on. Far as I know I don’t know any specific books about storyboarding. The thing is that doing storyboards is so much work that I don’t think most board artists have time to compile a book on how to do what they do.
However, there are books out there that you can study to become a better storyboard artist. Mostly books on composition and staging. Lots of film books really. Here are links to Amazon of some books that I have and still use for study and reference.
Another thing storyboard artists do when they’re “studying” is watching films. Not just any films, mind you, but films made by directors that everyone reveres as ones to look up to in the filmmaking world. The likes of Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino, etc. Watch their movies and figure out what style of theirs you like and what style of theirs you don’t like. You adapt the stuff you like, and you never do the stuff you hate. For example, I don’t like how Peter Jackson does a lot of aerial downshot of his entire cast of characters running to show a passing of time (totally abused in The Hobbit), so I would never do that when I’m boarding a sequence.
Last thing (which relates to the link on top of this post) is that us storyboard artists study OTHER storyboard artists. One that I’ve always considered as a great board artist is Rodolfo Damaggio, and the link to his Captain America boards are in the link above. Other names to look for is Toby Shelton, Rodolphe Guenoden, Johanne Matte (Annie Award winner for Storyboards on RotG)
That’s about all the resources I have as a board artist. Looking into good anime doesn’t hurt either, despite what some people might say. Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, animated by Mad House has kind of a crap story, but the shots and animation there are great, and definitely something you can learn from. I haven’t seen these myself, but I heard Attack on Titan has amazing animation and Flowers of Evil has amazing compositions. My point is, watch as much stuff as you can and take the good stuff from it. No matter how shitty something is, or how much you dislike something, if you stay open-minded, there is always something good you can take from it.
It really doesn’t matter where you study from or if what you like isn’t what your colleagues like. As long as you keep learning and keep working hard and know exactly what you like and what you don’t like, you’ll improve and you’ll become better and better, in everything you do.