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thumbnail sketch

1. A small picture that presents a smaller version of a larger image or proposed image. Before fully redesigning the layout of the office, the interior designer provided me with a thumbnail sketch of his initial plans.
2. A short description or preview. Class, each of you will need to submit a thumbnail sketch of your essay topic for my approval.
See also: sketch, thumbnail

sketch something in

to draw in the image of someone or something. I sketched a figure of a woman in so that she appears to be standing beneath the tree. I'll sketch in the house in the upper left corner.
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sketch something out

to create a rough idea or image of something by sketching or some other means. (Does not necessarily require an actual sketch.) Sally sketched the furniture arrangement out so we could get an idea of what it was to look like. Would you sketch out your ideas, please?
See also: out, sketch

a thumbnail sketch

a brief or small picture or description. The manager gave a thumbnail sketch of her plans. The student wrote a thumbnail sketch of his project.
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thumbnail sketch

A brief outline or cursory description, as in Let me give you a thumbnail sketch of the situation. This idiom alludes to drawing a picture no larger than a thumbnail. [Mid-1800s]
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sketch in

1. To add a hasty or undetailed drawing or painting of something to a larger work: The artist sketched in the leaves before painting. We finished sketching the margins in.
2. To give a general account or presentation of some aspect of a larger idea: The staff sketched in the details of the proposal. We sat down and sketched the fine points in.
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sketch out

1. To make a hasty or undetailed drawing or painting of something, often as a preliminary study: The architect sketched out a couple of ideas on a napkin. I sketched the figure out with pencil before I started painting.
2. To give a brief general account or presentation of something; outline something: The president sketched out her plan for the following year. Before I started writing my paper, I sat down and sketched my ideas out.
3. Slang To cause someone to experience an odd, unusual, and sometimes uneasy sensation: Their strange customs sketched out the visitors. His creepy smile sketched us out.
See also: out, sketch

thumbnail sketch

n. a quick and concise description. (One that could be written on someone’s thumbnail.) Let me give you a thumbnail sketch of what happened.
See also: sketch, thumbnail
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In the Convention program, AIA organizers note, “In a world of design software and technology modeling tools, spontaneous freehand sketching remains the most efficient and effective way to jump start the creative process.
Virtually anyone who uses sketching to capture their creative ideas and wants to have their drawings in a digital format to e-mail, archive or further refine on their computer can benefit from Inkling.
It all began with sketching her violinist nephew Philip Jones, now at Birmingham Conservatoire, when he was a member of the Crosby Symphony Orchestra.
During the early stage of sketching, the diagram is required to fold the 'self' into the drawing, so that the link between the physical work, the imagination that draws it and the ethical responsibility that regulates it, are one and the same thing.
Examples range over a wide array of sketching subjects: still life, portrait and landscape.
In preparation for a film he has yet to make, Wilcox initially went about sketching the characters using the court-art style but with a pointed difference: "I wanted to use the conventions to tell stories I wish had played out.
Also, the 3D sketching function has been improved to establish associations between a 3D surface and a 2D sketched shape made directly on the model.
Gilles had been sketching cars since he was 5, but had designs on a career as a doctor.
Vasari: Unfortunately, the frescoes never got beyond the sketching stage.
Focusing on the naturalizing rhetoric of sketching, both as an art form and as written expression, Sha asks what the sketch does enable, if it is not producing or facilitating knowledge.
Using the "quick method" of sketching cross-sectional areas, Area Moment of Inertia can be estimated with simple building blocks and minimal calculation.
The LTU booth will also feature Dassault Systemes' new CATIA Natural Sketch solution, a breakthrough 3D sketching experience that joins together the intuitiveness of creative 2D painting gestures with the power of accurate, realistic 3D modeling.
The Start Sketching Pocket Book, from COLART AMERICAS, INC.
Pertinent Data: SketchBook Pro's gesture-driven user interface can change sketching tools and colors, zoom in on, save and manipulate sketches.
3D sketching capability has been improved to establish an associative link between a sketch and a surface.