How do you create thumbnail sketches for character animation? Learning how to create thumbnail sketches is a very important skill, even for animators who don't draw well, because thumbnail sketches are an important tool for planning animation. Even 3D animators who aren't that comfortable with drawing are encouraged to have a go at the thumbnailing process. Watch the video above to see how we would go about creating some rough thumbnail sketches for this month's "11 Second Club".
You Don't Need to Draw Well
|Thumbnail sketches planning a dialogue shot|
Start With Key Poses
But, however you choose to do it, you will need to start with a series of expressive poses that tell a story, long before you start to block out your shot by creating poses in Maya on Stepped Curves.
Thumbnail Sketches for the Video
To see the thumbnail sketches drawn for the video above, take a look at the sketch on the right hand side of this blog and below.
For more resources on how to plan animation (including how to use thumbnail sketches and live action), follow the links below:
Resources on Planning Animation
|11 Second Club Thumbnails|
- Nine Ways to Create a Great Pose
- Using Live Action Reference for Animation
- How to Achieve Snappy Timing in Animation
- Why Animators Should Start With a Story
- Royce Wesley Explains the Pixar Workflow
- How to Plan a Creature Animation Shot
- How to Plan a Dialogue Shot
- 12 Tips for Planning Animation
- How Disney Animators Plan Their Shots
- "Big Hero Six" Shot Planning for Animators
- Thumbnail Sketches from Pixar's Victor Navone
- Great Animation? It's All in The Planning
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