1. Like most of my work I start off with a very rough outline of where everything is going to happen, I usually worry about the details later and just care most about the composition, especially when the composition for this work is more complicated than my usual ones, if things look weird and you don't know what is wrong, flip the image and fix it, then flip it back, I find that very helpful to see where I have gone wrong, remember that if you flip your image and it still looks alright, it means that you are on the right track. I sometimes use arrows to give myself a conceptual base idea of where I want things to flow. Remember knowing where everything is going happen is a very important step, because you might do lots of work on the details after only to realise you do not like it in the first place, so make sure you are happy with the beginning before moving on, it will safe you time for changes later.
2. Then I would add a basic shading to the overall artwork as well as a multiply layer of color. As you can see, I initially wanted this picture to be set during the day so that more details can be seen, or so I thought...
3. But after careful consideration I realised having the event set in the night might be more suitable, I also came to realise that setting the artwork at night time may not neccesory mean that everything will be pitch black at all. Also this is the step where I would usually start adding massive amounts of details and fixing up. Zooming in on parts of the artwork and working on it, is highly recommended.
4. After fixing the artwork abit more it is the time to add some lighting effect, it is so much more fun to add the lighting effects in artworks based in night time because it is just so beautiful to look at. I have also added little easter eggs to the artwork, can you spot them? Things like the man's T shirt, what the signs says etc. Oh yeah also on the last step I would use an unsharp mask on the artwork to make everything a little more crisp.
Final artwork can be seen here [link]
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