Thanks for posting the rough. It's always great to see the process. Do you start on a smaller thumbnail before moving to this or do you draw at this size right away? Distortion and maintaining proportions are always tricky for me when I draw at the larger size right away, so I'm always curious how more seasoned artists tackle this.
Yup, I always start with a thumbnail. Something 2 x 3 inches. It's literally a tiny scribble but it's easy to see everything at once. I know some artists will draw things pretty small and then blow it up on the copy machine or on the computer and then go over that image. That way they maintain the energy and composition of the thumbnail. A lot of guys work completely digital these days so that makes things a lot easier. But everyone woks differently so it's about finding what works for you.
Yeah, I do something along those lines, drawing small and then blowing up and rearranging elements in Photoshop before either printing it out and lightboxing it or just printing it out in light blueline on the board. It gets to a point where I don't know if I'm redrawing the thing too many times and whether I could get faster or more efficient by plucking up the courage to just attack it on the board. But I know I run the risk of distortions and mis-proportioned finished art if I do.
I totally understand that. It's a fine line between keeping things clean and overworking the image and losing any energy you initially get from the rough. For me, I have moments where the lightboxing can be overly tedious-- I already drew this, why am I drawing it again? So now, I keep my rough pretty rough so that I am still creating something new on the lightbox.