I’m almost ready to start animating! But, rather than diving straight in I’m going to spend a little bit of time doing some thumbnails. Thumbnailing is a really important step because it helps you quickly work out all your key poses before you start animating. By thumbnailing out your poses you can find out which work and which don’t…. and it’s definitely better to find out a pose you had in mind doesn’t work before you have spent hours animating!
thumbnails do not need to be beautiful drawings, they don’t even need to be good drawings (mine definitely aren’t!), they are just about working out your key poses.
Here is a post on animator island (yes I’m linking to animator island… again!) about the importance of thumbnailing and how it will save you time in the long run.
And, here are my thumbnails