Take a selective approach
The Pen tool is a precise way for me to make selections of my work. I break my artwork up into sections so I can tackle it in pieces. There are different ways you can organise your selections, but I like to keep mine as vector masks so I have the option of adjusting them later. I organise these in a separate folder so I can easily click and select them when I need to.
Lay down flat tones
I’m now ready to lay down my flat tones. I keep this layer underneath my line work and the lines layer at the top of my canvas and set to Multiply. Rather than start immediately with colour, I begin by using different shades of grey. Starting my artwork like this gives me the ability to focus on my lighting and shadows before committing to colour.