Thumbnails, thumbnailing, thumbnail posing... in animation these terms get tossed around a fair bit.
They all refer to drawing quick, small gestures in planning animation.
Drawing is the premier means of visual communication and it's absolutely essential in collaborating with other artists. Drawing is a learned skill that comes more easily to some than others -- but make no mistake, a few hours of dedicated study can make all the difference. Animators have to draw so darned many drawings that they've spent a century developing a list of tricks to streamline the process.
|Pixar's Victor Navone's run study from The Incredibles|
This week I'll give you some of the most important tricks I've learned to help you get your gestures down quickly to convey maximum information in a minimum of lines.
Animation Mentor article "Animation Tips & Tricks: THUMBNAILS"
Check out Victor Navone's beautiful collection of thumbnails here.