Ok to you, since you say I never explained I'll try to go into this as simple and clear as possible, No it’s not a condense version of my use thumbnails speech, and I'm going to explain that to you as well since you... first I'll start with the thumbnail The thumbnails has 2 purposes, 1, is to help lay out composition which is one of the first things that should be studied along with anatomy, even before. Whether you’re doing environment or character, composition is the single most important element and make or break your art work. To help with this, because truly explaining composition will have me sitting here for hours going into the element of design, and the rule of large medium, and small. To shorten it, imagone your paper divided in 3s
Looking at this painting as an example its divided in threes, the most dominant element is to the right, the weight of the painting is to the right.
when doing a thumbnail sketching process, keep everything simple, don’t try to do a finished piece in the thumbnail. 2. The second purpose is to try and get your idea on paper, simple. Its also used for doing paint layout, and tonal lay outs.
These thumbnails aren’t clean, they aren’t amazing, they are simple and get the idea on the paper, here are a few more example
Do you better understand the thumbnail process now my friend?, don’t just stick with 1x1 inch, do some 3x2 inch, 2,x3 inch and so on. Everything you say you do, I do to, I always over think my drawings and paintings, and usually end up dis satisfied, even with thumbnails, I can easily run through 20 thumbnails without working on a final piece. This is when I rest and start again.
If you worry about edit and revising, than stop doing stuff digitally or with a pencil, and grab a pen or well I would even say acrylic paint. These are harder to edit because there is no control z or “Eraser” so you won’t be wasting time trying to edit and fix. Yes there is stuff like white out, but using stuff like that will make your stuff look even worse than it originally did.
Here are some pen thumbnails
Ok moving on from thumbnails, when drawing people one of the most two sided things I’ve seen are gestures, I and many other artist feel gesture are the most important part of a figure drawing. Other artist don’t do gestures at all, so I can only tell you what I feel. When say gesture, I am not talking about one of those stick figure drawing , and not trying to grab at the pose, but actually grab at the energy and emotion of the figure in whole
Gesture drawing exampels
Yay gesture shapes!!!!!
We start simple and work to complex which is shown here
All of this is simple gesture shape, these artist work simple, but will build further off this if they want, its started simple and become more complex
I feel I’m stopping too early, but I think I’ve dumped a lot of stuff ontop of you without you being able to question me clearly.