irdnarakif asked: Hi sir, your work is very inspiring me, I'd have a question that been bugging me all of year, when you do a comic page thumbnail, did you use basic shape or just flesh-out all the drawing on the tiny thumbnail ? or did you just use basic shape and rendering later on the same thumbnail ? I'd really wanna see one of your basic thumbnail progress, I'm stuck with thumbnailing, I can't coordinate my brain and my hands to draw a small pieces. Any secret ? I hope this is not a weird question, Thanks
For me doing thumbnails of a page is just to give me a variety of ways to tell the story. I don’t worry about the drawing and most of my thumbnails are completely indecipherable to anyone but me. It’s more about getting a clearer idea of what I want to do from panel to panel. The thumbnail stage for me is just about storytelling and is usually about 2 to 3 inches in size. I don’t try to draw that small. I can’t draw anything good at that size either. But I can work out the basic layout, where figures will be ( having script with full dialogue really helps here) , the angle of the shot, and how it works with the next panel, and within the whole of the page. By keeping it primitive I can do a variety of thumbnails and not get bogged down by details. I do find that the ones that are clearer at the thumbnail stage are the ones I use to work up the final page of art. If the storytelling works for me at that size, it should work even better when it is larger. But as I said, I have yet to find any other artist friends of mine that can figure out what the hell I have drawn in my thumbnails.