Wednesday, December 5, 2007

I Love Thumbnails

Sometimes I find it hard to shift from writing the text of a story to working on the pictures. This is where thumbnails come in. Thumbnail sketches are like a shorthand in my own secret code for how each page will be composed, what I will include in each illustration, and how the overall story will flow across 32 pages. They also give me an idea of what text I can cut from the story because something will be shown in the pictures instead. Even though the sketches are tiny and quick, I like to spend a while in this stage. It's like the master key for what the book will be! And also a bridge to the next part-- doing full-size drawings.

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