Keeping My Focus on a Multiple Piece Project

  • @TessaW same here Tessa I’m looking forward to more on this thread too. It’s really interesting seeing your process in so much depth.
    I used to have confidence issues with thumbnails. I didn’t really understand how widely they are used in developing ideas. You might find Yuko Shimizu interesting, she posts her thumbnails and development very often, right alongside her finished pieces on Instagram. I’ve found looking at her work (as well as Lee’s processes - and his work too) really helpful.

  • @peteolczyk Thanks for the encouragment. 🙂 And thanks for the recommending Yuko Shimizu. I'll check her out. Thumbnails seem to be a problem for a lot of people.

  • Speaking of thumbnails. . . I did some very rough thumbnails to try to get a feel for a basic story line. I'm trying to get down a handful of thumbnails for a few key moments- see how they relate and contrast- and then go back to thumbnailing those moments again- repeat as needed. 🤷🏽♀ I'm trying not to be paralyzed with feelings of inadequacy.

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  • @Judy-Elizabeth-Wilson and @Chip-Valecek Thanks for your support!

  • Whew, so I've been working on more thumbnails since my last post. I selected some scenes that I feel were the most important to the story-line, to see if I could leave out the rest. I did about 25 thumbnails each for 4 scenes. I was making them pretty detailed, but simplified quite a bit on the thumbnails for the last scene. I think that's the better way to go, but I appreciate the research it took to get those more detailed scenes down, and I feel I at least learned something from it.

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    Now I'm going to try to narrow things down to my fav 3 for each batch, see how they work together, and perhaps do additional thumbnails to refine the compositions.

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    @TessaW my head hurts from all the thumb nails you are doing LOL great work!

  • @TessaW , Great work on the thumbnails. I am going to look at yours and learn from you. I am new and terrible at thumbnails. Didn't know what thumbnails were until this year!!

  • @TessaW wow, it is so helpful to see these! Great job 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • @Chip-Valecek Welp, my head hurts too! 🤪 It's a lot of thumbnails, but when I posted them here I kind of thought "that's all I could manage to do for the past 7 days?" I'm making progress and learning, so I should just be kind to myself. 😇

    @RG-Spaulding Thank you! I'm trying to figure it out too. It doesn't feel quite natural to me yet. I've known about thumbnails for a long time, but didn't really do them until I came here. I find that having a pinterest board filled with art and photography I like, composition wise, helps a lot. I use the structure of the perspective and the placement of objects from the pinterest board art to help structure my own scenes. It helps with the thumbnails as well as serves as perspective and scene practice.


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  • @BichonBistro Thank you! I'm trying! 😵

  • @TessaW Wow! you've done a lot of work here! I love the boy in the tent, excited to see more!

  • I had to catch up on housework, so I didn't accomplish much the last couple of days, but I eliminated down my options. First I chose around 10 favs, see how they worked together, and than narrowed them down to 3 for each batch. In some cases I might still use elements from rejected thumbnails. It was interesting to see that for 3 scenes, a lot of the top 3s were chosen from thumbnails done earlier in the process for each batch, but for the last scene my top 3 were all chosen from thumbnail 12 or after.

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    I guess more thumbnailing is ahead. . .

  • @TessaW That is cool to see a side by side of Pinterest images and your thumbnails. Thanks for the tip.

  • @KaraDaniel Thank you!

    It's such a busy time of the year, so I haven't made much progress, but I did a more detailed sketch on the first piece to see if it can help inform the others going forward. I'm still not sure about the character design. That may be something I have to do separate. I may have to change the silhouette on the boy with the backpack. Not sure.


  • @TessaW I am amazed at your artwork. Beautiful linework and expression on the kid's face. Of the last two sketches though, I can't tell the difference. The difference is very subtle for my (beginner) artistic eyes.

  • @RG-Spaulding Thanks for the kind words! It's actually the same image, though one is cropped slightly. It probably wasn't worth showing both, as they are pretty much the same, but I'm toying with how cropped in I want it. I'll change them so they are side by side.

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  • @TessaW , WOW! Amazing light and shadow. What type of brush do you use for the shadows and light? That was my question in another thread!
    Do you do B&W before you add color? I know there was a class on SVS or a youtube from Will Terry on that but I can't seem to figure out which one it is. I need to retake that lesson.

  • For the value sketch I used Sam Nielson's "Captured Bristle" brush, it has a slight gritty texture. It's in his base set.

    I generally put in a solid base down, and then work in the shadows and light with the brush. For this study, I but down a lighter solid base for the areas affected by the window light, and a darker solid base for the foreground shadow areas. If I need soft transitions, I generally make the brush large and use very soft pressure. For harder lines, I use a little more pressure. I am constantly color-picking back and forth between the light side and the dark side, painting until I get the edge I want. Sometimes I will use the eraser to go back in and sharpen edges or soften transitions, but you have to be on a separate layer for this.

    Here's some short videos that explain the two processes I use for my value sketches.

    First shows using the color-picker to get different edges:

    Second is using brushes and erasers.

    I just use b&w for a study and don't go over top with colors. It's not an intuitive way for me to work, so I just go straight into color, using the black and white study to keep my values in check.

  • @TessaW , Thanks for the links. I am still learning a lot. If you ever do a time-lapse video of your drawing process please tag me. Or if you know someone else who has a time-lapse video of the drawing and coloring process let me know. I like to be a fly on the wall and observe. Thanks for the links. I will definitely check them out.

  • @RG-Spaulding Ok! I'll keep you in mind.

    Another value sketch for the next piece. I'm holding off on the architectural details until I get more solid on what I'll be doing with some of the other pieces.


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