Today I'm going to share a bit of holiday process work.
My first step is always visual brainstorming. This is my favorite part of the process. I try a whole bunch of ideas and see which fits best. My first idea for this little project was a Chanukah Coco & Oscar image.
Nothing really seemed quite right, and I almost abandoned Coco & Oscar in favor of a handful of penguins. (Fear not, I didn't abandon the penguins entirely. They'll make a reappearance in a post next week...)
Until finally I tried combining holidays and came up with this.
After all of the brainstorming, I prep the final piece. I take my final sketch and do a really loose version on good paper.
I use those loose guides to do a new sketch on the good paper. At this point, I make any necessary adjustments to the characters and composition.
Once I'm happy with the characters, I can start painting.