Lines, gesture, composition
The beginning is the hardest and most important part of the whole process. It might take hours of thumbnailing to reach this point, or you may quickly stumble across a decent sketch. My goal is to create a portrait with eye contact and room for text and other formatting. I keep my lines very loose and focus on structure and composition without getting into details.
Value block in
I’m trying to decide on a lot of things. What will the design be like? Where’s the light coming from? Which elements are darker or lighter than each other and how will this affect the composition? You’ll have an easier time painting by sticking with lines until the drawing is locked down, but sometimes I want to experiment with my workflow by diving straight in.