These are the first few spreads in my thumbnail storyboard. The thumbnails are the very first thing I usually put down on paper, after I get an idea for a picture book. They are extremely useful to understand if an idea really has the potential to become a story and then a book. As you can see, the drawings are very small (each thumbnail is about too inches high) and really rough, to say the least. They're actually plain crappy. But they're good enough for me to have, for the first time, the whole story under my eyes. I usually don't show the storyboard to anybody.