8 Thumbnails and doodles
You’ve gathered reference, done studies, found the characters… for what again? Oh yeah! It’s because you’re planning a new piece. It can be so easy to get caught up in building the scaffolding that you forget why you’re doing it. Studies are essential, but don’t treat them like an end unto themselves. They’re exercises for a purpose. At this stage I like to take a step back and quickly doodle through a few thumbnails and ideas to dress the set and prepare my creature actors for the play.