Sketching Ideas: Don’t Dismiss Those Small Beginnings

Thumbnail sketches, jotting down ideas that suddenly come to you, it can be surprisingly easy to fall out of the habit of doing these small things that at first might not seem like they add up to all that much.

Just now I was thumbing through a little book that I keep and was surprised and amused to find a couple of small illustration ideas that I had jotted down a while back. Both of the ideas have gone on to become two of the most involved of my personal projects that I’ve done in the past couple of years.

The first sketch that I found was an idea that I had for a Scottish themed illustration…

The eventual artwork turned out to be pretty darn detailed…

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And then there was this other idea I saw jotted down…


Which over time turned into this…

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All ideas-however big or small-have to begin somewhere.

What I’m trying to get across here is that no matter how simple or small an initial idea may be, don’t hesitate to jot it down. It may come to nothing or may just might just turn into something pretty big!

Get in the habit of carrying a small notebook with you wherever you go. You never know when inspiration will strike.

If you’re interested in seeing more of the Scottish Saltire or the Manchester United projects then feel free to head over to my behance page.

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