5 Produce rough sketches or thumbnails
I’ve found that the easiest way to throw my raw ideas down on to paper is by creating quick sketches or thumbnails. Whether you do concept work, illustrations or storyboarding, the approach is the same. I always start with simple sketches, and prefer working with line – just creating hints of what I have in mind. I don’t go into details because they belong in the painting process, which follows. Imagine them as small copies of what you’ll have in your final painting. The Painter brush I use is called Real 6B Soft Pencil Grainy – it interacts with the paper texture, which gives the lines a more natural look. I also activate the Tilt function so that’s it easier for me to switch between thin and wide lines, just like a traditional pencil would do.