step 1: The reference. I am constantly photographing images and information to draw from. The first image of the sequence is compiled of several photos. The figures in this piece are me, my brother, and friend...we had to base jump in order to get this shot from a waterfall that was 50 feet high. The things I do for my art...
step 2: The drawing. A drawing has to have a good sense of value to differentiate between the foreground, middle ground, and background. This gives the image dimension and depth of field. It is important to establish this early on before you add color
step 3: The under painting. Establishing the key color relationships from the get go. Just flat color washes of warm and cool colors.
step 4: The final rendering with color. I sort of go over areas that I feel I need to punch up with value. I also try and refine small details in this last phase and make sure that the values are working well with one another.
step 5: The prototype. Just for fun, I did this in photoshop, so the client could get an idea of what the finished product would like like on a publication. This assignment just so happens to be for the summer term cover for my university. We compete against our classmates for the cover! If we win, our art is published, and we are are paid, just like a real illustration job. Pretty neat!