HOW TO DO •50• THUMBNAIL SKETCHES


  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    Hi guys,

    My next youtube video is done. This one deals with the process of how to do thumbnail sketches! I had a lot of questions about that last week, so check it out if you get a chance. And subscribe to my channel! : )

    https://youtu.be/jghVE4V5FfU

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  • I always do thumbnail sketches before the initial drawing, but watching these really helps even more! thank you 😀


  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    @lenwen great! Hope it helps some when you are starting a project. : )


  • Pro SVS OG

    whoooo whoooo!



  • @Lee-White I really like how thorough you are in your explications. Seeing this video has helped me realize my anxiety comes from time constraints. Having Never had a paid illustration project (yet!) much of my energy is going towards my other job. So whenever I do have time for art, i end up wanting to rush to the end of whatever art project before I’m too exhausted from my other job and can’t do it. This video helped remind me that by playing around with ideas and thumbnails in the early stages will save me time later and make my work look even better.

    Sidenote on the “um” thing: I do a lot of teaching, group facilitation and presentation at my job and learned that in between phases of the lesson, embracing the silence and not saying anything is better than using filler words like um. This also gives you a second to gather your words for what you’re going to say next.



  • I just finished up. Points I noted were that your thumbnails had 3 stages, I was wondering when you got around to black/white value studies. For my latest Dinosaur inspired work I went back to my "feel" keywords and I had found I got carried away with style and less on my story, so I reworked it and landed on all of my 3 key words: discovery, play and mystery.

    So thank you for reminding me to stay grounded in my "feel"ings.

    See you soon.


  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    @Heather-Boyd I get into value right away. Even in the roughest of thumbnails I'm already adding some value. The key is keeping the value general and not getting lost in small details.


  • SVS OG

    Excellent video. There’s not alot of information out there about the in-between work, the evolution from exploring ideas to reaching a good sketch. It’s so refreshing to see that an artist doesn’t just sit down and magically turn out a great final image. Thank you!


  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    @Kat Thanks Kat, glad you liked it! : )



  • @Lee-White This is all sound advice. Defo going to take this and change a few things to my planning process. I laid out my thumbnail boxes first and it does get a bit regimented - especially if I have an idea to switch between landscape and portrait. Better to be a bit looser. And gives a bit of breathing space for notes.



  • Awesome video. The whole idea of just hanging out in the first thumbnail stage is really hitting home. It's something I have not nearly done enough of.


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