Sketch­ing thumb­nails

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Workshops -

Be­fore jump­ing into Pho­to­shop, I put my imag­i­na­tion to the test with pen­cil and pa­per. I like to doo­dle my ideas at a mi­cro scale. Typ­i­cally less than an inch tall, I cre­ate a few dozen thumb­nails to push through pose, com­po­si­tion and the graphic flow of my im­age. This por­tion of the process is for speed: the smaller the thumb­nail, the quicker my unique ideas will flow. Th­ese mi­cro doo­dles are for my eyes only and are likely uniden­ti­fi­able to most. Once I’ve worked out an ap­peal­ing com­po­si­tion I scan it into the dig­i­tal realm for de­tail­ing.

Pre­sen­ta­tion to client

Pre­sent­ing cleaned-up thumb­nails to a client can be daunt­ing, and in this case the editor has a dif­fer­ent vi­sion for how the illustration should look. Re­gard­less of the amount of ef­fort put into your sketch, it’s im­por­tant to lis­ten to the team. Af­ter dis­cussing our thoughts and con­cerns I had enough in­put to start the photo shoot. Off to the thrift store…

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