One of the questions I get asked all the time is: Do you do line first or color first?
I go either way, depending on the scene I’m capturing. Or how I feel like working that day. And, I think of it as line and shape, color is incidental. Whichever way I start, I go back and forth quite a bit. Sadly, I rarely remember to take photos of my process when I’m in the middle of a sketch. This one was an exception.
Paint goes on first here, after a little bit of pencil line to lay in the composition.
Then I define a few bits with my Sailor Bent Nib Pen.
Back to paint to add some darks and dirty washes to capture the decaying look of this sign. And a whole new wash over the sky to make the sign stand out. Last of all, some Titanium White gouache for the neon tubing.
I hope that helps. I keep getting asked to shoot video of the process, but once I’m sketching I can’t imagine monitoring another process. So I guess it’s only going to happen if someone wants to come along while I sketch and shoot the process 🙂