Sketch

I begin every painting with pencils in my sketchbook. I start with a loose gesture in light pencil (e.g. 2H) to find my desired lines and then use a dark pencil to outline (e.g. 4B). Since the sketch will just serve as a line reference for the later painting, I don't worry too much about cleaning up with an eraser.

Watercolor

Using my light table, I place the sketch underneath a sheet of watercolor paper, so that I am able to see the linework. Rather than possibly mar my painting with pencil lines, I paint directly with watercolor on the light table to color block in all elements. With the watercolor, I can begin to add some detail beyond the original sketch - such as shadow and greenery.

Gouache

After color-blocked watercolor is dry, I go back with opaque gouache and a thin liner brush to add details. This is my favorite step in the process because it really brings the image to life and adds character.

Final

For my final finished piece, I scan the painting to lightly edit digitally. Using photoshop, I alter levels and use the clone stamp to correct any mistakes. When complete, I have a finished, polished piece.