I've been working as an independent freelance illustrator for the last 2 years. Based near Vancouver, BC, when not drawing I'm enjoying the company of my kids, the outdoors, and I like coffee and a good book :- )
My work process is systematic and flexible because I like to make sure the final illustration does not come as a surprise and that it's what is needed. We achieve this through sharing and discussing the work at every stage. Based on a description of a desired illustration or on an original text or its summary, I draw a sketch or a few sketches. Then based on the feedback, I make changes, and we eventually come to final approved sketches. We may have a specific style in mind from the beginning or can make a few style experiments at this point. Once we have agreed on a style, I draw a preliminary version and we work on adjustments to finalize it.