Develop a colour sketch
Using a scan of my thumbnail, I edit the colour and value of the abstract background to fit my concept using blending modes. To push back the darks I use a Multiply layer mode and paint around the figures. To give the character’s shape some clothing or fleshy colour, use Overlay, Color or Hue layer modes. I then clean everything up on a new opaque layer to create this sketchy style.
Achieve the perfect reference photo
The sketch helps a model find their pose in the photo shoot. Grab a friend or neighbour, find the right time of day and bring the camera! For Cersei, I had my model sway back and forth, fidget and turn from side to side in the faint light of dawn. Joffrey’s photos were taken around 2pm. I like to take 100 or more photos to get everything I need for a perfect reference shot.