Category Archives: storyboard artist

Manchester United Samurai promotion

These storyboards were commissioned by Unit 9 to describe a promotion which took place in Manchester on 10th September. A football juggler dressed as a samurai, and being chased by ninjas, juggled a football through the streets and ended up at Old Trafford, cavorting about on the pitch. They have to be some of my favourite recent drawings, and some of my coolest storyboards to date.

Watch the film here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV6SgZD37fA

Commissioned by Unit 9, a football juggler dressed as a samurai promotes Nissin Foods. Art by Roger Mason 2014
Commissioned by Unit 9, a football juggler dressed as a samurai promotes Nissin Foods. Art by Roger Mason 2014
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Commissioned by Unit 9, a football juggler dressed as a samurai promotes Nissin Foods. Art by Roger Mason 2014 …

New business card image

Smiling woman' storyboard frame, art by Roger Mason
‘Smiling woman’ storyboard frame, art by Roger Mason

It’s been, so far, a summer of working part-time which has been very nice. I did start re-designing my business card,amidst all that inactivity, a task which I thought would take me about two hours.

Three weeks later, I have settled on this image for the front. It’s from a storyboard about hair products and was originally in pencil only. I have coloured it in Photoshop and became quite anal about her skin tones. The last time I got a business card printed one of my students commented that the guy’s skin was green. What with my uncalibrated monitor, RGB and CMYK and whatever hoops they put it through at the printer’s, it’s a tricky business guarding the right colours from start to finish.

God knows how the final printed card will turn out. I’ll be sending it to Aldgate Press, for your information. Very eco-friendly printer.

Oh, and I hear you say: “Business cards?! In this day and age?” Definitely.

The Making of Next ‘Home’ by Framestore

Mike McGee of Framestore, left, and Roger Mason working on the storyboards for Next ‘Home’ commercial in 2013.

Here’s a short film by Framestore, detailing how they made their TV commercial ‘Home’ for Next and on which project I drew the storyboards. At the very beginning of the film you can see me working with Mike McGee.

Below are a selection of the storyboard frames. This style represents my quickest, sketchiest drawing mode and I like it for its fluidity and economy. Blue pencil, HB pencil and tipp-ex on white paper.

Storyboards for Next Home, commissioned by Framestore, art by Roger Mason
Storyboards for Next Home, commissioned by Framestore, art by Roger Mason

Storyboards for Next Home, commissioned by Framestore, art by Roger Mason

Storyboards for Next Home, commissioned by Framestore, art by Roger Mason

Storyboards for Next Home, commissioned by Framestore, art by Roger Mason

Storyboards for Next Home, commissioned by Framestore, art by Roger Mason

BBC Three idents

Artwork © Roger Mason
Concept artwork for BBC Three re-banding, commissioned by Red bee Media. Art by Roger Mason

Concept artwork for BBC Three re-banding, commissioned by Red bee Media. Art by Roger Mason

Concept artwork for BBC Three re-banding, commissioned by Red bee Media. Art by Roger Mason

Concept artwork for BBC Three re-banding, commissioned by Red bee Media. Art by Roger Mason

From 2007, when I was working with Red Bee Media at White City on the banding work for the TV channel BBC Three. The idea was to create a planet that the idents would feature different parts of and I was asked to help visualise this world.

Here are colour visuals of various parts of this imaginary world, including a rough layout, useful to let the team know I was on the same wavelength as them before investing more time in the image.