I'm not the kind of artist that can sit down and capture a character in one sketch. People like Jason Groh and Gene Fowler just blow me away with they nail a character in seconds. Scribble, scribble...and done!
So what do you do if you're not god's gift to the pencil? You thumbnail! I remember back when we were in school, we were preached to about the power of the little thumbnail drawing. I remember thinking it was silly. If I wanted to draw my character doing something, I was going to do it BIG! That way I could fit in all that gorgeous detail that Todd MacFarlane and Rob Liefeld had taught me to in highschool ;)
So after years of fustration at how bad I sucked, I had a breakthrough. Gene Fowler was walking by my desk one day while I was whittling away at some spumco rip off drawings and I was pretty pissed about how shitty my sketch was turning out. In my drawing flurry, the sketch had gone over the page and onto a second animation sheet that I had taped on. Gene looked at the drawing, and then at the little stick-it note I had sketched the idea on earlier, and said "I like this one better. Why dont you just photocopy it up?" I said "Really? But it's just a crappy ruff!?!" "Still looks better, dude." Hmmm. So I gave it try. And you know what? It friggin worked!! It kept most of the appeal of the original, and it fit all "pretty like" on one page.
So long story short...now I always thumbnail out my designs small...pick my favorites, photocopy them up, slap down a new sheet, and refine the design till I'm happy with it. It might not be the quickest and easiest way of working, but it works for me.
"YO! Talkey McChatsworth...shut your pie hole! We came here for drawings...not your jibber jabber!"
Right...here somes examples.
Isn't work stationary the greatest ;)