Imagine it in sketches
Before building a maquette, I draw some thumbnail sketches to explore variations of the idea. These help me to anticipate the pose, silhouette and lighting that best tell the story. I scan them and share them with the art director. For these sketches, I use water-soluble coloured pencils and watercolour.
Softer light and more head-down poses Suffering creature calling out Head of main figure in silhouette Shadows from off-camera