1. The picture is sketched out on cheap drawing paper (I need the ability to draw over background scenery and erase without leaving “dark parts” on the finished work.
2. I then shade the entire back of the drawing with a layer of graphite.
3. After the back is covered, I flip the sketch onto 9” x 12” (easiest thing to scan) Bristol board.
4. The image is then copied onto the board by pressing hard as I trace over the lines I want to keep.
5. The light graphite lines are covered by ink pen and the graphite is then erased.
6. With a Sharpie, I black in huge dark spots and all cast shadows.
7. Simple textures are then added to any surface that would benefit.
8. I shade everything at once covering surfaces with more and more ink as travel into the depths of the background.
9. For the benefit of my eyes (all the textures make edges disappear sometimes) I add a thin layer of Sharpie over all outlines.
10. Initial, flip, title, sign, and date
11. Now, it can be scanned. For Devianart I scan in at true size, but I set the dpi to 600. My scanners have all scanned in a lighter version of the real work so I turn to Corel Painter to make it match.