Step Four: Thumbnails
Iāve found it helpful to get my ideas out on paper before tackling the actual drawing using little idea sketches (a.k.a. thumbnails.)
First, I start playing with laying out the panels on the page by drawing little thumbnails in the margins of the script. I keep in mind what the layouts of the past few pages so the new page wonāt look redundant and maintains the ļ¬ow and pace of the story. This takes some thought when Iāve written things down in a panel-by-panel script, but after a few tries I end up with something that works.
Once Iāve decided on a general layout, I proceed to thumbnails in my sketchbook I also draw in little curves going through each panel to show how the eye will move throughout the page. Iāve added arrows in this diagram to illustrate what I mean.
Finally, I ļ¬esh out the interior of the panels to see how the scene might be composed on the ļ¬nal page. I keep them loose just to get an idea where things will go.