Brainstorming the subject
My first step is to brainstorm my idea. This generally involves taking pictures or looking through atmospheric film and TV stills so I can formulate more of a narrative in my head. Lately, I’ve been on a bit of a sci-fi binge, so I decide to sketch out a rogue cop from the future. I keep my canvas small during this stage, as I can size it up later when I’m refining my concept.
Tidying up the line work
With my concept realised and my ideas in place, I’m now ready to get started on the lines. Here’s where I size up my canvas and sketch out my refined line work. I plan out the lines as thoroughly as I can during this early stage of the process, so I don’t have to make up too many details when I’m rendering. This saves me time in the long run.