Lay down the line art
This is the most important part of the process. Your idea, character, pose and story need to be encapsulated in your line drawing. Be loose and quick, keeping energy in your lines. Make sure your base is strong. It’s pretty rough, but I’ll be painting over almost everything anyway. Don’t get too attached – be ready to change anything, to make it more interesting.
Block out flat colour
I set the layer mode to Multiply, make a new layer underneath the line work and start brushing in flat colours. Even at this stage, I want to make the image interesting. I keep my colour scheme limited: everything is a warm, earth tone. Even the green is a very desaturated yellow-green, creating a more realistic and visually pleasing feel.