What my thumbnails for the pages look like.
I work really fast on this stage, especially because I tend to scrap ideas or whole sections really easily, and I don’t want any one panel to have felt like a waste of time.
The flip-side is that I have to give myself enough information in the panel to remember what the hell it is I’m trying to show.
Thankfully, I don’t work with anyone else on this part, nor when I need to translate these into pencils. If someone had to take my thumbnails and work based on them, these would have a lot more detail!
This stage is more about camera angle, composition, and depth. (I also try to visualize in my head what the black-and-white balance will be like in the end, but most of that is determined fully in the inking/toning stages, anyway.) The only other thing to keep in mind here is what each two-page spread looks like - it’s important to not have the same-sized panels next to each other across the pages - it confuses the eye and makes the reader want to read across the spread! There are other spread-related concerns to keep in mind, but since the pacing of this story is pretty standard, I won’t be running into many issues.
Anyway, enjoy my weird stick figures! :P