E3 is next week and I will be showing my portfolio off, so I figured now is a good time to post a “how i work” thing.
For basic character designs I usually just hit the ground running and go from a loose line drawing to reference and so on. BUT when I know I want a cooler pose I will start off with thumbs or silhouettes. I duplicate the poses and make costume variations. like in this example.
I then choose the one I like most or is most successful and work on lines. For certain, more difficult poses or when I cant commit to a costume I will draw an anatomy outline, this way I can correct the anatomy or have multiple versions of the costume as separate layers without needing to have multiple body layers.
After adjustments and Final post-effects I have the finalized image.