Using Thumbnails For Your Comic Creation 5

In the case that you just started out creating your first comic or even your first graphic novel, it is worth thinking about the use of thumbnails. You can see the thumbnails as very rough sketches that come even before the first actual first sketch as I explain in this video:

I consider the use of thumbnails in the creation process of my graphic novel Wallstreet Hijack (not yet started at the time of  writing this) as a very important thing to do.

It gives me the possibility to create my pages exactly like I had the camera angles and shots in mind. More important is that I can see if they work before I do the actual artwork.

This is where the advantages of using thumbnails come into play:

  1. You don’t have to unnecessary trash artwork.
  2. You can scribble your scenes very fast what brings you into the flow.
  3. You see the fundament of your comic or graphic novel emerge very fast on your screen or paper and this gives you extra motivation to go ahead.

Whether or not you decide to use thumbnails during your comic creation process I can hardly recommend to do so.

Thank you for reading. Share this information with your drawing friends.

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5 thoughts on “Using Thumbnails For Your Comic Creation

  • ZuzannaM

    Hello Mario,

    First of all I like to compliment you for the lovely outfit you wear today!
    The video is very clear and the presentation well done.

    Thank you,

    • Mario Post author

      Hello Zuzanna,

      Thank you very much for liking my outfit. It’s very comfortable to walk the dog and for making video presentations as well.

      Have a great day!

  • Ilaria/Swimturtle

    Hi Mario, I loved this video. I want to see more thumbnails, I love this method of working.

    Lots of love from your New York sister!

    • Mario Post author

      Hi Ilaria,

      Right now I’m working on the penciling. Alas, other things are biting a big chunk out of my creative time. I have to catch up a lot with everything.

      Lots of love from your Brooklyn brother ;-)

  • Nathan Sterken

    yes, i find the biggest challenge is staying motivated on a project. sometimes i hit a rut: right now, i am working on an ad for someone due the 15th and i just got out of a rut with it by doing some reasearch on the web. the page is overwhelmingly busy and im drawing more than i ever have on one page! the thumbnails are a big help. thanks mario!