Storyboarding Basics Before you take your story into 3D, you need to visualize it in a less time consuming medium. Storyboards provide an efficient way to move the ideas and words of your story into a visual format. At their most basic level, storyboards are a series of drawings, either real (on sheets of paper) or virtual (drawn directly into a digital painting program), that show the sequential action of your story. They can become incredibly detailed for shots that feature complicated action, showing every character pose. Depending on your speed and ability at sketching, you may opt for a more simplified workflow, making sure that all of the major actions are shown.