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Hey Gang I just uploaded these hand made templates I made for thumbnails. There's two of them both for 8.5x11 printers. 1 is a full page template and the other is a 4on 1 template.
I got tired of roughing in my borders so I just took a preruled Bristol board and Inked in the borders then shunk them down on a copy machine and then uploaded them to a pdf file (in case anyone wants to make their own) I really want some nice illustrator files but I don't know illustrator very well.
Anyway check em out maybe they'll be helpful:
12-02-2007, 04:31 PM
i orginally got from Jugg on these forms but have modified them for this thread.
12-02-2007, 07:01 PM
I tend to use a little 3x5 moleskine notebook for thumbnailing... the small size of the book makes it easy to keep things small.
Thumbnailing is especially useful when working in Manga Studio or Photoshop... you can work out a thumb, duplicate it, blow it up and work your sketch over the thumbnail.
I didn't appreciate thumbnails as much as I do know until I started doing things in the computer more... the thumbnail is an excellent method for building page and image layout as a whole without being distracted by the fiddly details. Good way to work out silhouettes and balance of positive/negative space, too.
12-02-2007, 07:26 PM
(not afraid to sound dumb :) )
Thumbnails are little tiny drawings (thumbnail size not quite literally usually I draw them quite a bit bigger) that you draw out BEFORE you start in on your regular paper. Trying to work out issue of composition and flow. Poses etc. They're meant to be fast quick little drawings that only take you a couple of minutes. That way you can try things smaller before you start in on your final paper.
here's an example:
as you can see they're not pretty :) Just quick little sketches
12-03-2007, 04:54 AM
They're useful for working out ideas quickly, and for forming shapes and compositions that work on a basic structural level. If you can work it out small and undetailed, then you're well on the way to making something work when it's more complex.
Here's some examples from one of my thumbnail moleskines:
12-03-2007, 08:45 AM
Oh, i do those for logos and layouts. it sounded different. i guess it is a bit different. it's like thinking out loud.... on paper.
12-11-2007, 06:36 AM
how do you guys blow your thumbnails up besides a photo copier? scan in photoshop and resize? I was reading how most pro's will start with a thumbnail size of your hand, blow it up on photocopier and print it out on 11x17 size paper and lightbox it.
12-11-2007, 02:58 PM
Scan and resize. It's easier to get things properly sized when you're in Photoshop... with a photocopier you may have a bit of trial-and-error to push through before you settle on a process.
12-12-2007, 02:13 PM
I usually do thumbnails on either 8.5 x 11 or folded in half. The 8.5 x 11 is better for detail and stuff, but I find myself redrawing things twice that way. The smaller one is better for me because I get to see 2 pages at the same time. I can read it like a comic and flip through to make sure I get that left to right flow. Plus it's just fun to see the story progression. If it's good in the thumbnails it'll be way better when you work out all the small details.
12-14-2007, 10:34 AM
I made a template out of cardstock that I keep in my sketchbook. It's a scaled down version of an 11x17 sheet that I cut out (approximately 3.75x5). I just trace it on to the page whenever I'm thumnailing. I also put tick marks in it for half and third marks (helps with composition).
It's something I picked up from my old painting professor. She used to encourage us to make tracable cardboard thumbnails of our canvases, so we could work up multiple compositions relatively quickly. I think it helps.
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