4 Do lots of thumbnails
With each rough sketch, try to see the subject in elemental terms. Look for what Golden Age illustrator Harvey Dunn called the “epic in the incident.” With a visually complex scene with lots of figures, like a crowded throne room, it’s especially important to think about the essential idea. In this case, I want to convey regal power. I remember the feeling I had when I met Ted Turner one-on-one in his big office building, and I try to channel that memory.