Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Using Thumbnail Sketches
When students tell me, "Miss Vanessa, I have an idea for a painting/drawing. It is all in my head. How do I start?" My answer is straightforward, "Did you draw your thumbnails sketches?" Most of them answered no. When I ask why they haven't done them, their answer is always because that takes extra time. Yes, it is true that drawing thumbnails sketches add more time to the creative process. However, using thumbnails sketches can help artist formulate ideas, make important decisions before the artist start on his/her painting and resolve compositional questions.

What are Thumbnail Sketches?
Thumbnail sketches are quick small drawings that enable students to explore the different aspects of the composition such as space, color, texture, light source, mood, and tones. It also helps the artist explore various formats, crops, and surfaces. By drawing thumbnails sketches, the artist explores the subject in depth and experiment the composition and all its elements in different ways helping the artist identify the most effective way to organize an image that grabs the attention of the viewer. By using a thumbnail sketch will also help resolve any problems of size, shape, and format before beginning the painting or drawing.

How many thumbnail sketches do you usually need?
I recommend at least two — ideally three. Once you create three, you can narrow down to the one that you most like.

What media should I use?
You can do it with any media. A pencil is a great tool to explore rapid sketches. Ink helps with quick drawing and can be more energetic.

Should I use color? 
Not for your first draft but you can use it later as you have a more clear idea of what you want.

How much detail should my thumbnail sketch have?
Simple lines and placement. No details. It is only a quick roadmap to understanding how your art will be placed on your canvas.

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