Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thumbnail Art

No, I'm not talking about...


I'm talking about...

Thumbnails are tiny drawings artists use to help plan an illustration or book before they get into the nitty gritty. Here are two sets that I made for the Snow-white eBook project (see other art for it here) that I have in the works.

As you can see they are scribble-y,  small, and quick. With these I can see the whole book at a glance and know if one page or a group of pages is going to work. Some of them it might be obvious what is happening in the picture some of them might only make sense to me.

Here I am trying to decide first of all which way I want to orient my book. Landscape or portrait?

After I decide I'll go in and refine a lot of the scribbles until I have compositions for each picture that are awesome (hopefully) and work with the whole story. Then I start on sketches for "real".

What do you guys think should I go with landscape or portrait?

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  1. Jessi4:18 PM

    I like the portrait better. It just seems more appealing to my eyes.

    The story looks like it's going to be great no matter which one you go with though. :)

  2. I actually like the landscape better - maybe because then it feels more like a movie?

  3. Jessi6:14 PM

    I just realized that in my first comment I meant to type landscape but typed portrait instead. And what makes it even weirder is that I almost typed the wrong word AGAIN. My brain needs to be rewired.

    I like the landscape version better.

  4. My vote is also for Landscape.

  5. thanks for the input. It's good to hear that everyone is drawn to the landscape one. I was thinking The other was more interesting but I'll rethink it and see what I come up with.

  6. I love to draw but i'm not that good,
    thanks for the useful information
    i Like your blog it helps a lot
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    good job.

    Ayala Project

  7. Thanks joy. I love to hear stuff like that.



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