Yep, you read right. This is another post about thumbnails. But really they are so important in the process. Here are some more thumbnails I did for my Snow-White eBook project.
As you can or maybe can’t see these are just small sketches of the same scene over and over. This is the first scene in the book where the queen pricks her finger and wishes for a black red and white baby. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about check it out here.)
The boxes with the x are where I plan for text to go in that particular scene.
I’m still toying with the landscape or portrait question. I like the idea of it being like a movie (the comment Dashbo made last week) but there are also some neat things I can do with the tall format. In this case maybe an opening scene of the tall castle.
But maybe just a scene of the queen will work better. That is what the thumbnails are figuring out for me.
While I’m drawing these here is some of the stuff that is going through my head:
How much of the queen do I need to show?
Will it be better to open with just her? More of the castle, or try to get both?
Why is this one working better than that one?
Doing this book steam punk could be AWESOME!?
How can I do that and keep the fairytale still feeling fairytale-y?
Gees I’m going to have to brush up on my perspective to pull this off.
What kind of window is she by?
Why the heck does she have the window open in the middle of winter… Or is there snow in her house?
Some thoughts are useful. Some are well… not so much.
But, I can also get lame ideas out of my head with these little drawings. As you can see by the first frame with the super boring composition.
I’ll probably keep at this for a bit. Maybe with more than one scene in the book before I make any final decisions about how I’ll do this scene. Which way to orient the book and how far steam punk to push it.
What do you guys think? What’s the strongest? How do some of you artists work with thumbnails?