How To Draw Thumbnail Sketches - Video Tutorial

In this quick video tutorial you will see how to draw a thumbnail sketch from a reference image. I hope you enjoy watching!


Watch the video tutorial

Here are a few tips about drawing thumbnail sketches

- Keep your thumbnail sketches very small. Ideally no more than about two inches wide.

- Focus on shapes. It is not important to draw a lot of detail. Just focus on the main shapes in the painting.

- Focus on values. Where is the light source in the painting? Where are the darkest shadows and where are the highlights?

- Have fun! Don't worry about how the thumbnails look, just do as many as you can. Drawing thumbnails is about practice and experimentation.

The Reference Image And Finished Thumbnail

I chose this illustration from Edmund Dulac as my reference image.

I chose this illustration from Edmund Dulac as my reference image.

Here is the finished thumbnail.

Here is the finished thumbnail.

Thank you for reading! I hope you found this blog post and video helpful.

-Eeva