I started out with a rough sketch based on the idea that I had seen in the reference image of Megaman and his bird ship. I tried finding an interesting composition of Megaman flying towards the camera through this sketching stage. I already had a rough idea for the colors so I wanted to block out the sky, clouds and ground colors with an opaque and semi transparent brush.
In the next stage I blocked out the flat base colors for the characters and the ship. Keeping in mind what time of day it is (the sun’s position) and where the light source is coming from. This I can use to show the specularity in the metallic surfaces and where the casted shadows will go.
Now I have my background, characters and all other elements. I laid a grid down and divide the image by 9 rectangles. I also added an off page vanishing point to use as a guide for composition and perspective. I tried to avoid having boring void spaces in the sky or clouds so I shifted the things around to build up some interest in those areas. At this stage I also flipped the image to make sure things looked right when mirrored and the image isn’t too heavily weighted on one side only.