1: use references / if not then draw from my mind but make several sketches to see which is the best ( also look at my own body to sometimes see of the pose is possible) 2: draw lines and block/round figures for where the hand and head are supposed to be 3: sketching details with pencil 4: Cleaning the page with eraser 5: do the lineart with black fineliner 6: scan in and color in digitaly / color in using markers with white inkt for or color in with waterpaint,
1. Think of an idea and sketch it down so I don't forget it. 2. (optional) Sketch several different compositions. 3. (optional) Find or photograph references I need. 4. Sketch the work with a pencil. 5. (optional) Decide on the dominant colors I will use, if it's a color work. I may make colored mock-ups in Photoshop for a traditional painting if it's an important painting. 6.a If digital, scan the pencil work and start painting over it digitally. Working from the rough loose painting into detail. 6.b If traditional, color and/or shade using my desired technique. Sometimes I ink the lineart. Sometimes I don't use lineart. I experiment with this phase of work all the time. 7. Decide the work is finished. Step away from the work. 8. Change my mind and fix some details that bother me.
The process I've been using for recent projects has been the following:
I start with a series of concept sketches, sketches for working out figures and angles in the layout, and a few thumbnails from which I choose the best design
The final art first gets laid out in a light pencil sketch (I use softer 2B graphite which can easily be cleaned up)
The layout is further refined with heavier (darker) strokes, and details are filled in (at this stage, I choose whether to make it a loose breakdown or finish the pencil art)
The next stage is inking, either directly to the pencils (which are then cleaned), or on a blank sheet overlaid on top of the pencils with a lightbox (requires no cleaning)
Finally, I may choose to color the finished linework directly, digitally color a scan of the linework, or make a printout copy of it to color (the reason being that some coloring mediums like watercolor or markers can smudge certain types of ink)
The finished work gets uploaded to my DA gallery. The original artwork is stored in a portfolio I may carry with me when I go to visit local comic shops, art supply stores, or art shows at conventions.
*find some sort of pencil/pen/colored pencil *find some sort of paper *begin
Honestly my best stuff is when I just draw out of a whim. If you worry about making it so organized, the creativity will slip away. Whatever process that works the best for you usually turns out the best!