The Brigands who fell
1 Inking and line-art
I use a .88 Stabilo liner for this step, inking over my rough pencil lines. I find this to be the most crucial step of the process. The inks are the backbone of the illustration: they will determine the design of the piece along with the content and style.
2 Put down flat colours
Flatting involves filling flat areas with colour and value, and is when the colour scheme starts to develop. Here it’s a split-complementary one. I keep the figures in the range of 50-70 per cent value with a lighter background.
3 Bringing in details
I add elements that are painted in without an outline, such as Veina’s cape and other design elements like coins and gems, which push the narrative of the piece. The final step here is to adjust the colours, brightness and contrast as required.