This is based on my own ideas and characters.
Lately, blog-watching has really expanded my artistic horizons. Justin Gerard's blog recently switched on a light-bulb in my head about composition. I did not employ the triangle technique, but I did consider the sizing, spacing and flow more carefully than I have in the past. I was also inspired to try a value study because of process photos that were on illustrophile (RIP... apparently the site is gone forever). I used Copic markers on a late draft, working from light to dark. Then I tacked it up on my wall while painting, and voilà! It was an invaluable resource.
Here's my original sketch, so you can see how the composition changed. I made really good use of my light box through this process... I love that thing!
This seems to be the process I am settling on:
1. Read or dream up a little story and choose a scene
2. Study (e.g., practice drawing dragons, sketch kids playing at the park)
3. Draw the first draft (using my eraser like mad)
4. Do thumbnails to help improve the composition
5. Draw a second draft (hello light board!)
6. Final, cleaned up draft on tracing paper
7. Value study
8. Color swatches on a piece of scratch watercolor paper
I think I am going to do some lighter, faster illustrations after this to loosen up. Illustration Friday, here I come...
And just for fun...