Picturing Yitzi – Chapter 1 Thumbnail Sketches

i always begin the illustrations for a picture book with lots and lots of sketches – called thumbnail sketches. These are quick sketches that help me sort out the very basics of what I want to include in a scene. I’m not concerned at this point with how good the drawing is or whether the characters look like themselves. The key is to get the drawing down quickly and see if it works overall in terms of shapes on the page and whether the point of view is an interesting one… and different from the page before. It makes for a more interesting picture book if the point of view changes from one illustration to the next (i.e. have some close-ups, some far away shots and some at the middle distance)and this all begins with the thumbnail sketches!