Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thumbnail for new book

I'm working on a book that will feature several characters I've been developing for about three years. After finally deciding the format they will appear in, I've started doing thumbnail sketches and layouts to put the book together. "Thumbnail" is an appropriate term: this sketch of the first two pages is the size of two postage stamps placed side-by-side. Avoiding detail too early in the process allows an artist to experiment with all the possibilities before committing to the final artwork on expensive paper.
I've really had to study and learn from other books in the marketplace to get an idea of the potential visual impact this kind of book can have. Merging several mediums and formats presents a challenge, but it also opens new possibilities. I'm excited to see this project starting to develop into something more than endless character sketches and poses! I hope to post more artwork as it progresses, and I think it will be interesting to see how the final work matches up to these early sketches.

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