Animation Storyboards

I love the incredible breadth and width of possible stories that can be told thanks to the amazing medium of animation, from the curriculum-centric pre-school sector to the action-packed primetime adult scene and everything in between. Below, you’ll find original and studio work that demonstrates how I can draw stories for your next production. 

The Nine Realms

DreamWorks Animation

Genre: Action/Adventure
Supervising Director:
Allan Jacobsen
Supervising Producer:
Beth Sleven


Set 1,300 years after the events of “How to Train Your Dragon,” dragons are now just a legend to the modern world. When a geological anomaly opens an immense, miles-deep fissure in the Earth’s surface, scientists from all over the world gather at a new research facility to study the mysterious phenomenon. Soon after, a group of misfit kids uncovers the truth about where dragons have been hiding — a secret they must keep to protect what they’ve discovered.

I had the pleasure to do storyboards, revisions, and flex some directorial muscles while at DreamWorks on Dragons: The Nine Realms. 

As an avid martial artist, Jun Wong is one of my favorite characters on Dragons. We we received notes to give Jun’s fight scene some attention, and I was happy to make it a little more striking (pun intended).

Additional Storyboard Revisionists:
Tong Bui

This was one of the most rewarding sequences I ever worked on. After extensive network and executive notes on the emotional climax of this episode, I worked with the writer and Supervising Director to rebuild the sequence from the ground up and give a major character a final emotional send off.

Additional Storyboard Revisionists:
Calvin Leung, Lauren Krieger

End Credits Storybeat Illustrations

Life with Pumpernickel


Genre: Comedy
Created by Max Beaudry
Directed by Chad Welson & Allan Jacobsen

Doodle Master Angelo “Angie” D’Addino designs his perfect best friend and a wayward wish accidentally brings him to life! Unfortunately, Angie had trouble visualizing common sense, so shenanigans ensue. An original pitch for the Nick Shorts program, Created by Max Beaudry, Directed by Chad Welson and Allan Jacobsen.

School Assembly

Genre: Action/Comedy
Story and Art by Chad Welson

A shy gamer’s most prized possession becomes a sullied casualty after he is targeted by the school bully, but he soon proves that he reads more than maps and monster manuals on his magical quest for vengeance.


Genre: Action/Comedy
Story and Art by Chad Welson

While on an epic quest for friendship, young science student Leroy Lincoln accidentally unleashes a giant monster on his school and must take superheroic action to clean up his mess.

About Chad

Chad Welson, Full-Time Storyteller, Part-time werewolf.

As a precocious child with an overactive imagination raised on a steady diet of Saturday Morning Cartoons and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, I spent my childhood either trying to acquire superpowers or provoking one of the local werewolves into biting me (quickly failing at one and deeply regretting the other).

Now, as an adult with an overactive imagination, I’ve had the pleasure of crafting everything from interactive ice sculpture exhibits based on Frosty the Snowman to virtual reality experiences for Microsoft on the floor of the Game Developers Conference. After all of those amazing adventures, I returned to my first love of animation and now hang my cape at DreamWorks Animation Television as a Storyboard Artist and Revisionist on Dragons: The Nine Realms!

Thanks to a discipline of life-long learning and inherent, endless curiosity, I love telling stories in challenging and unique mediums and I would adore the opportunity to bring my experiences to your production next.

Fair warning: Full Moons are still a problem.

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