• #8PgChallenge – STEP 6 – Thumbnails

  • buddyscalera

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    June 4, 2020 at 6:34 am
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    Hello creators! This is the folder where you can share your thumbnails. You are posting them here for feedback and input from the community.

    Please read this post first…

    How to Create Thumbnails for Your 8-Page Comic Story | #8PgChallenge – Step 6
    https://www.comicbookschool.com/how-to-create-thumbnails-comic/
    Thanks. And keep up the great work!

  • philipspace

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    June 4, 2020 at 8:36 am
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    My page breakdowns thus far, such as they are. Ordinarily I draw up my roughs on copy-paper and enlarge it at the local copy center, but their machines are on the fritz so I’m adjusting my process. Questions and comments are welcome.

    I included my initial 8-page breakdown that I used to pace out the events for my story. I don’t normally handle my own writing but I thought I’d include it because I felt it was a handy way to pace out the events in simple, 4-frame formats.

  • jarrod-elvin

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    Hi! Here are my (really) rough thumbnails. Small-scale and just the bare minimum to let myself know what’s going on on the page. I figure we’ll have time to make it pretty in the next stages. Normally my process for thumbnails does include little markers for where to put the speech bubbles (With the thumbnails on the left-hand side of the pages and the text on the right) but I took that away as per the instructions.

  • philipspace

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    It occurs to me looking at my own thumbnails that my self-critique is to tilt my camera angles more. I’ve got a lot of frames where my composition is basically parallel with my panel frames, which is a quick way to suck any sense of dynamism from the layout.

    @jarrodelvin your thumbnails are really readable! I dig your style. Understanding that these are roughs, are you going to incorporate more perspective in your panel compositions/character placement for the final product, or is this pretty close to what you are intending?

  • evan-scale

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    Here are the thumbnails I did for ‘Camriddeon and the Leighman Lurkers’ story by @jholder12

  • jarrod-elvin

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    @philipspace Your thumbnails look amazing! I think they are very dynamic! Clear to read and nice detail.
    You bring up an excellent point, one I have actually never considered before to be honest, so thank you for the tip! -It will help me to make all my comics better in the future.
    Originally these were how I intended them to look, but now I will do some work on giving the perspective more variety. (It will be in a fairly cartoony style, but that’s no reason not to try a bit harder in that regard)
    I guess one reason I had it so parallel was because I have seven main characters and I wanted to give them all equal prominence in the panels.

    @evanscale Your thumbnails are fantastic! Also very clean and clear to read, great sense of dynamism and detail!

    Both of you make me wish I had put more time and effort into my thumbnails! Well, I’ll make sure to do that in the next stages!

    Keep up the great work! I look forward to seeing the next stages from you!

  • philipspace

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    @jarrodelvin and @evanscale I am excited to see both of your story’s progression. I look forward to continuing this project along-side everybody here.

    Keep at it!

  • david-shear

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    Here are my thumbnails. I didn’t want to harp too much on details so I worked extra small.

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    here

  • krisburgos

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    June 6, 2020 at 10:25 pm
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    I was wondering when this thread would get started! Here’s the first round from No Shelter… the order is a little funky, so look out for that, the pages are 1,2,3,7,4,5,6,8. Sorry.

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  • evan-scale

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    @philipspace Really like your thumbnails! The characters are easy to recognize and the camera angles look great as well.

    @jarrodelvin Great work. I don’t think the thumbnails should be particularly pretty. Rough is good enough and the hairstyles help distinguish the characters.

    @wolfshearart Nice work! I really like your choice of a big introduction panel on page 1.

    @krisburgos Great work! I like how the black fills help make the scene clear and easily readable.

    Looking forward to seeing your pencils guys!

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  • philipspace

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    @krisburgos The tentacle monster (?) was not quite what I was expecting from your initial description. Do the monsters attacking the village come in different varieties? Is it more of a collection of nightmares? I know mystery is a big part of this story, but I figured I would ask.
    Blocking out the blacks definitely helps establish the mood for this. I feel like the action on page 2 should be cut down to fewer frames with varying camera angles, giving your artist the ability to show different aspects of the scene without a big reveal. At the very least I would recommend establishing the door on the last panel of 2 that gets opened at the beginning of page 3, even if it’s just the POV characters hand on the door-handle.

    • krisburgos

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      June 13, 2020 at 4:47 am
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      @philipspace Sorry about any confusion, yes, there are different monsters throughout the story. It’s a battle between various monsters and the humans are just caught in the middle. JP banged out various creature designs and certain monsters got replaced in different sections of the story because I just fell in love them and made some script adjustments not announced to the group. We’re currently working on the blacks, filling in negative space and all, and it is difficult, not gonna lie, there’s a slight language barrier that we’re both working around, but his work will easily be clearer in the next phase. And I’m totally digging what I’ve been seeing. As for the 2nd page panels, I’ll definitely talk to him about adding a really tight closeup of Gunnar’s hand pushing a door open. Thanks for the feedback!

  • evolver

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    This is my first time doing thumbnails. I found it very helpful to look at how everyone else was doing these. thanks! Note, for some of the panels I ended up doing more work because I was having trouble visualizing how the rest of the page should be, and doing more work on the elements in a particular panel helped me work through the tone of the page.

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  • george-dawkins-ii

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    Here are some thumbnails for LAVATASHA by @philipspace

  • psysci

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    So I have been moving a bit faster than this process. Mainly because my artist went straight to layout from the script. I had some help from @philipspace to reel it into the process but overall the artist went into his own comfort zone. And as much as I tried to mold him to what we are doing here I was happy with his results and didn’t want to stifle him.

    Philip was super helpful by wearing two hats early on in the process. He gave me valuable feedback on the script and also drew some great thumbs as well as advice on how to lay out the story using some visual tricks.

    Here are his (Philip’s) thumbs. Page 1 had already been finalized which Philip and I both approved of. Sam (The artist) and I went back and forth editing the final design a few times to get it right.

    ***Im having trouble linking to images using the “img” button so I’m breaking up my post to see if that works.

  • psysci

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    I marked up philip’s thumbs and feedback with comments and sent it over to Sam who took this inspiration and direction and fed me thumbnails page by page.

    I also gave Sam a panel I felt was an important visual so he knew what I was talking about visually in the first image here.

    My inspiration for page 2 opening

    And then his thumbs initial and then more refined.

  • philipspace

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    Looking great @Matthew Timpanelli
    I think Sam has great storytelling instincts, and I really look forward to seeing his finished product.

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  • gaston

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    Hi everyone! I like how all of us are apologizing for the thumbnails roughness hahaha
    Here are mine. (Excuse the roughness)
    Now that I see the first page I have a question. Could/should we add the story’s title on the first page?

  • gaston

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    June 12, 2020 at 8:23 am
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    Sorry! Missing files! Here they go, from the top:

  • krisburgos

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    These are the latest panels for Horrorbook, I know the jpeg are low res, sorry. Art by @mikedoestheart

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