The power of Thumbnail Drawings

Having had a very useful and eye-opening tutorial with guest professional illustrator Phil Wrigglesworth. I was advised to rethink my story that seemed far too complicated for the short attention span of children and my story’s plot/premise needed to be stronger. I could see a need for education in my story to develop knowledge to my target audience of children aged 3 – 8 years old. But how it maybe useful in preparation for their experience of the real world didn’t seem too clear. As discussing facts about uncommon objects seems too weak of a presence in their life ahead. Ideally a more daily life encounter with an unavoidable experience would have a stronger and more meaningful result that can be achieved through promoting positive action through the encouragement of moral qualities.

Needing more attention into the idea behind the narrative.

I was pointed in the direction for developing a drawing process that can help my story telling. Using the wise words of worldwide recognised illustrator and graphic designer Craig Frazier on the importance of the sketch stage.

SOURCE: Jeff Hurn (2014) Worker Series #1 Craig Frazier – Illustrator and Storyteller on Vimeo. Available at: (Accessed: 08/02/18).

SOURCE: The Foundry (2015) Pen & Paper, Craig Frazier on Vimeo. Available at: (Accessed: 08/02/18).

These ideas from Frazier and Wrigglesworth promoted the idea of working in a method that is less detailed and would be more efficient. So I adapted to the thumbnail drawing process to simplify the bad habit of the overcomplicated way in which my storyboards have been currently generated.

My storyboarding process before:

This was a slower process that I found more difficult to develop as a narrative. The story was taking too long to see the full picture. 


My storyboarding process after:

This was a super quick process. Where a beginning, middle and end was achieved. 

This primitive drawing process has completely changed the way in which I work and it produces some very satisfying thumbnail results behaving in the way that I had wished to make the finished results using a process that doesn’t contradict the final images I wish to make with energy and a loose control. This way I am allowing my thoughts and ideas to be visually mapped and solved at an efficient rate where I can find my answers much quicker and see my beginning, middle and end all in one rewarding page of planning.





Author: ellosweetmellon

I am 21 years old and I live in Cardif. My dream is to be a great illustrator that can sell and exhibit my work with pride.

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