Decided to give a clockwork maid some colour!
And at the same time just show my general process from start to finish. This is how I usually work when doing cleaner ink-lines. If I'm doing paintings without the clean lines, I'll generally keep to the rougher sketches and paint straight on them.
But anyway. This is the process of a character painting with ink-lines.
Here we go!
1: I start out with a first rough on some regular printer paper. These are generally very quick and scribbly sketches. Done with 0.5 HB lead. Rarely use erasers at this point.
2: With the rough sketch done, I lightbox it for the first time to get the slightly cleaner lines down. Still on printer paper and still using 0.5 HB lead.
3: That cleaner rough is then lightboxed again onto the watercolour paper (I believe I'm using Saunders watercolour paper here). Still only pencil, but I ink over the pencil lines with various ink pens and then erase the pencil underneath.
4: Finally I apply the watercolour and keep it relatively simple.