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Storytelling Thumbnails and creative process flexibility

June 14, 2017

As in other occupations, creative arts professionals or hobbyists benefit from developing systems in order to formalize the creative process, generate ideas, and simplify production. However, it’s a mistake to think that steps in a process are one- size- fits- all; that a creative process is a static rather than the dynamic list of action steps. 

In general, there are phases of design that will be taken; research, brainstorm, sketch, edit, refine yes are the basics I learned in school. I would say that these work fantastically overall. But we can get stuck when we overly formalize what research means, or what thumbnails are, for example.

I remember the revelation that was part irritation when I considered that at certain times, I would need to change my preferences in Adobe Illustrator, sometimes from stroke for stroke. The temptation to overly mechanize our process  can make creative types become lazy. Perhaps one step two add at the very beginning of the process of is to evaluate whether the process you intend to use is a good fit for the project you are beginning.

 In the thumbnails below, I chose to thumbnail one page of the comic in the middle of a half sheet of paper. This left room around the sketch to write notes and make comments. Having one set of panels on the page surrounded by a lot of white space helps me focus on that page and think very freely. I know sometimes having multiple smaller thumbnails on a single page is helpful to see the flow of pages and panels, but doing them this way shifted my thinking. I don’t know if it’s better or not, but I felt very free in thinking about the story; designing the shots, dialogue, and storytelling simultaneously.






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Creature Collaboration

May 27, 2017

Turbo Turtle

May 7, 2017

Goonies Landscape

May 2, 2017

Fantastic Botany

February 2, 2017

Jack-O 5-Pager

January 18, 2017

I finished inking this five page story that I penciled during a road trip last year. There is a lot that I would fix in order to make some of the panels more  clear but for now I’ll call it done. 

It was fun to plot out the story page by page, panel by panel. I liked starting with characters not central to the story. It gave a grounding in human relationship that helped anchor the events of the rest of the story. 





Jack-O Christmas Special

December 10, 2016

The Watchers

December 4, 2016

Chicken the Brave

October 1, 2016

I thought this would be a fun band name or kids illustrated book so I created a little hand drawn/digitally enhanced logotype. I had been looking at the fun, loose vector art of J. Otto Seibold and was enjoying his hand lettering style. After looking the letter forms over and doing a quick analysis, I jumped into sketching, followed by rounds of scanning and redrawing (both digitally in Photoshop and by hand) before vectorizing, doing some (slight) cleanup, and adding vector flourishes in Illustrator.

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chicken1 initial sketch

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one of several rounds of digital correction and play

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scan of a hand drawn cleanup on a light printout

Monster Sketch

March 26, 2016

I began to write the word monster but realized I had not a lot of enough room on the page my sketchbook so I made it an entire spread. With monster sketch in I had to draw the monster. Initially just an ink wash sketch, I saw a box of Kranz and decided to add color using one of my oldest mediums.