I read the comment about your process and it seems really great. I have always just kind of jumped into something, using pure imagination and sometimes it works while others not so much, i mean everyonce in awhile i see pictures and kind of get ideas from there but sometimes it just doesn't work, But your method seems great, and about the picture, keep up the great work looks amazing.
i have several processes (usually depends on what Im doing or how lazy I'm feeling.) But for the most part it's:
RESEARCH the material and how it works/looks/should look/could possibly be used/cool it is. Then do some SKETCHES! LOADS OF THEM! any idea goes, don't doubt yourself, don't even think, just do. Then REFINE! find the sketches you like and flush them out/merge them/morph them. Then COLOR! find the colors you want/like/think looks good or just puke rainbows all over it and hope you get something. Then RENDER! its up to you how finished you want it! I usually don't like finishing cuz I'm lazy like that.
Thank you~ I really appreciate it. I have forever been battling with processes; ever since I started this journey, I've adopted, meditated over and thrown away processes trying to find THE one that fits with me. the one you mentioned here now, is one I have been deeply meditating over, scared to try it out of fear of failing trying to get what I want out of my head and possibly lazyness of having to do all that preliminary studies when I just wanna dive right in. "ahh it failed, I could've been spending that time doing studies instead to improve *cries forever*" etc. But just knowing that someone who inspires me does a certain process, inspires me to try it. I'll give it a shot~! I have already been feeling myself gravitating towards this. mmmm~
Have you tried the madman/architect/carpenter/judge model?
The madman draws a rough sketch of the idea as quickly as possible, throwing down the general concept immediately (without much care for proportions and the like, thus the madman). The "architect" then puts a plan together for the sketch to become a drawing (labeling ideas on your rough sketch and doing the research that madspartan suggested) and the "carpenter" starts drawing according to your drawing plan. The judge then decides where there can be improvements and further refinement.
This is what one of my teachers told me and it's stuck with me.