When I was in a senior drawing class at Syracuse University, I was drawing a tiny little narrative series. My professor, Stephen Zaima, told me to draw my next project on very big paper. Then, he thoughtfully said, draw small on very big paper. It may have been the most esoteric direction a professor gave me in art school, but I never forgot his sensitivity. I really liked the work that came from his suggestion. So today I'm sharing some of my small drawing for SMALL. What we refer to as thumbnails.
One of things I love about making books are all the different stages of work. Thumbnailing might be one of my favorite stages (even though it can be full of internal angst and drama!). I love coming up with concepts in a simple, raw way. It really is the essence of emotion and story. It's awesome to look back at the last page of thumbs (above) and know that it matches the final story, even from these little bits.