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HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Thumbnailing by trisketched HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Thumbnailing by trisketched
IT'S BACK! I did promise something more on drawing concepts so here it is!

For those artists who spend loads of time trying to figure out why their art is not coming out the way they want it to be, making thumbnails (or making studies) is the thing for you!

Art used here that aren't mine are credited as such and are used for educational purposes!

EDIT: HOLY MOLEY DAILY DEVIATION! Super duper thank you to Elandria for the feature and SirCassie for the suggestion!! To those seeing this, I hope you learn a lot from this!

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR ART LOOK NICE: Thumbnailing by trotroy is part of a series of excellent and insightful tutorials for making the most of your digital and traditional skills! ( Suggested by SirCassie and Featured by Elandria )
redfox1187 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just found this recently, and wanted to say thanks!
Thumbnailing seems to be the way to quickly apply and play with all the various concepts to make great art to figure out what you want (or need) to do to pull off something great!

Thanks again!
Rojeu Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2017  Student Digital Artist
very nice
TheBeardedHero Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool tips. Do you have any recommendations for beginning color theory?? I feel so lost with composing colors sometimes I feel I might as well be color blind x(
trisketched Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017   Digital Artist
I say this a lot, but seriously study how other artists color their work. Watch how animated films do their colors. Eyedrop if you have to. Look up the books of james gurney! It takes a lot of practice!
TheBeardedHero Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah. Grinf stone, ten thousand days, ect. Thx for the feedback, I'll look up James Gurney :D
ZuchkoIllustrations Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Hey! Love this tutorial! Though I was wondering if you could/should use some reference for thumbnails? Like, If your visual library was limited and your project was to do a painting of a dog, would I need to look up reference to figure out my thumbnails or should I first understand the anatomy of a dog before starting my thumb-nailing?
trisketched Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017   Digital Artist
Hey thank you so much! Oh definitely. I usually see artists prepare references first before getting to the thumbnailing. BUT, if you do have a general idea of how, for your example, a dog looks like, then feel free to do the thumbnailing. Still though it would be better to look for references first!
ZuchkoIllustrations Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Ah, I see, that makes sense! Thank you for your answer! :) I'll go try these out for my next project. Hmm. Evil plotting in progress. 
trisketched Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017   Digital Artist
Good luck!!
Emperor-Koto Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing this, it's really helpful!
manuprietocruz1995 Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Student Artisan Crafter
You give an awesome Idea for a meme sir :  how to make your Shitposting look nice - 4chanMEME by manuprietocruz1995
Mikodere Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2017
This tutorial didn't help at all...Even if I do this it still never looks like how it is in my mind ;n;
Storm-Engineer Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Then you are doing it wrong or you don't practice enough. Thumbnailing is used by every single serious artist and was also used by the great masters of the past, because it just works. And it works very well.

That said, you also need to develop your actual skill through lot of practice. Thumbnailing helps you refine your ideas and find the best way of executing them but it won't replace the hard work needed to improve your skill. Just keep practicing and you will get better which means you will be able to better draw what you have in your mind.
Mikodere Featured By Owner May 22, 2017
I tried that technique hundreds of times already and I see no results.

So I may be doing something wrong, but what exactly though? In what step do I mess it up so badly it turns out like utter garbage and nothing like I planned? I feel so lost here honestly! It's making me think that perhaps I don't have any skill for this at all and that drawing isn't the thing for me even though I've wished to be an artist since forever.
rydi1689 Featured By Owner May 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't doubt your skills or that you're meant to be an artist just because you're unable to master a technique. Keep practising, keep experimenting, keep giving it your best without feeling discouraged or disappointed.

Use more references, ask more experienced artists to guide you in the right direction when you're stuck in a piece and always keep moving forward. Every piece you draw teaches you something new, even if you don't get it perfect the first time, you'll do it better the next and the next and the 1000th.

Also, watch speedpaintings on youtube to see how artists are drawing their works and try to learn & apply their techniques. Video is easier to follow than written text and images.

Don't doubt yourself. Ever. :)
Mikodere Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017
Sadly, that's easier said than done!
I've always wanted to improve and strive to become a better artist, even if it was at a slow pace, but it's getting to a point where it gets onto my nerves and is stressing me out and making me feel discouraged more than anything.

I want to draw, I have many ideas in my head I want to put on a canvas, but when I see the huge difference between what I had in mind and the actual drawing, I just want to smash my skull into the nearest wall for creating such ugliness and bringing it forth to this world.

It makes me feel as if I should be banned from being an artist or something.
rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you want me to help you? I'm definitely not the best artist in the world, but if I can help you move forward with your art and help you stop feeling like a failure, I'd be happy to try.

PS. I'm from Spain too :iconepichigh5plz:
Mikodere Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017
Would you really do that?
Because I'd really really appreciate that ;;
Any help is always welcome, whether it helps or not.

Also, nice to meet another fellow Spaniard! :D
rydi1689 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course :) I'll try my best to help you improve and look at your art with a different perspective.

Do you have skype or tumblr to use a chat?
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BrisskWinds Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Used a thumbnail on a drawing. This saved my life
FatimaSketch Featured By Owner Edited Mar 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much, that helps a lot🙏
goosetooth Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually did this before but I had no idea it was a thing thanks so much! I only did it like one time ^^; I'll try using this more often 
PHCS Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2017
Never before have I heard of thumbnailing and this has been super helpfull. Thank you so much!
SmolPastelDragon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017   Digital Artist
Ty so much for this. I learned thumbnails years ago and have completely forgotten to use them
Droidigan Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Student General Artist
WOW! Amazing!!! This is one of the most useful tips I've ever read about :D Oh joy!
WindInTrees Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
Great advice, great examples, thanks alot!
Zantique Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017   Digital Artist
Why have I not followed you yet??
ironically-white Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Student General Artist
This was really helpful, but can never get myself to commit to thumbnails...
harmlessteddy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Took this to help motivate myself
eliort Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2017  Student Digital Artist
it's amazing, thanks for this, I really need those words 
trisketched Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you and no problem! Keep going!
eliort Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Student Digital Artist
CaptainChampcat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2016
This is very helpful! 😀😀
TiagoPorto Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
Thanks alot for this Tutorial.
LigerTaco Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Student General Artist
How did I not find you sooner
cathean Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
Sarahthebest123 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Student Interface Designer
nippledd Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
i laughed so hard at the first two images dear god help me
lindanth Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
me everyday
send help sos
Aellostriker2 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the suggestion/tutorial! I'll keep this in mind! Dance! 
The-odd-crow Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you this is great!
Troetel11 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love making thumbnails!
EdoanMello Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student Artist
Very helpful! Thanks! skooks =y Thumbs up (icon) 
CuarzoFantasma Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student Artist
i love it
Rampagingfnaffan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student Artist
That happend to me like...a million times
Arodi19 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016
thank you for this information, it helped me a lot!, again thanks.
TheEmeraldSquad Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do I have to pay you money now or something?
ArtfulTabo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is the learning I came here to do...
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used to do this before you made it cooler.
This is very much like coming up with manuscripts before actually making a manga like mangaka people do. But I have experienced that spontaneous drawings are much more fun. Of course planning is very essential before rolling out some serious art. Wikipedia senpai has always been so helpful.
YamiDash Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016
Thank you so much for the advice!
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