Here is the process I go through most of the time while creating
custom character commissions.
Pick out a character template from my created Blanks.
Print it out to be used as a under drawing.
With the template as an under drawing I sketch up on a
light box what I want the character to look like.
I usually use a non repro blue pencil at this stage.
Place the Line drawing back on light box and ink the character
Most of the time I leave the face blank as I did with this
one so I can create the face later in Illustrator.
Scan the Black and White image into the computer and clean
up the lines in photos. Then I copy the image into Illustrator
and use the Live Trace Function to get my Vectors created.
I start to import the extras that will be in the image like the phaser,
Terran Empire Graphics and Grid.
I color the image in Illustrator.
With this character I look for a image of William Shatner from the 60's
where I traced his Eyes. with the lips I tried to match the off center
appearance that the reference photo had.
Send to client for approval.
That is pretty much what I do.
Sean P. Tourangeau