A quick walkthrough of my Viking Hunteress piece (http://narcotic-nightmares.deviantart.com/art/Viking-Hunter-277752322) where I show the stages it went through.
Firstly; the pencil sketch. All my images still start like this. I love the feel of pencil on board, and the differing textures offered from the different papers. This was pencilled on Canson Comic Board, so it was relatively smooth.
I never use colour.
I wanted her to have really red hair, as a secondary way to pull focus to her face, and obviously, that can only be done with colour. So with much trepidation I layed down a colour layer and went to work, adding desaturated and recessive colours in loosely and quickly.
For about five minutes.
But there's a time to stop.