How Illustrators and Storywriters Work Together
1) The story writer drafts the story
2) The illustrator creates the story board (together with the story writer) which is the idea of how the graphics would go according to the story
3) After the storyboard is done and approved by the director(s) and the animators, a dialogue is created. This serves as a guide for the animators on what the characters will say
4) After recording the dialogue, rough sketches are made by the animators. These rough sketches are the characters. They are colorless and unclear. No background or any other detail yet is made.
Each piece of paper portrays the same movement as the others but each shows a different position. For example, one cartoon character running from his house to a friend 1 meter away would require one piece of paper.
The "inbetweeners" or clean-up animators are the ones who finish the scenes by adding additional details on the parts the animators missed.
5) Once the whole film completed, the drawings are sent to the inking department where they are copied to a clear Cel (celluloid acetate). The Cels are not yet complete. They are sent to the painting department where they are colored a t the back. The outline is also made in this part of the process.
6) To create a background, the background artists use different kinds of panting techniques since this is something hard to work on. Most background artists use gouache or acrylic paint. The background is drawn on another piece of paper and copied to a separate cel.
7) Each character has its own cel. However, anything that stays on the same scene and does not move stays on the same cel.
8) The Cels are put together and photographed. It is then filmed with a camera or projector.
9) The dialogue and the film are combined.
10) The staff reviews the film. Sometimes, there are scenes that are deleted.
11) Film complete.