As I'm currently working on the next Seanan McGuire novel I thought a quick breakdown of my working process for 'Sparrow Hill Road' might be of interest...
First stage, roughs. Quick 10 minute sketches of composition ideas. I wanted her looking to the left as this is considered looking into the 'past', and as a ghost I thought it appropriate.
A bit of tone to work out lighting:
And then colour. Unusually for me I painted over the tone here in parts.
And the final! Thank you for looking!