This illustration started with a three value digital ink sketch. Again, I’m playing with simple shapes in order to set the composition. The key is to start simple and then develop specifics. Values get lighter as they move back in space. I also played with light side vs. dark side at this early stage.
The color is glazed in with digital watercolor. I’m trying to set the initial mood with temperature of light. As you can see in the final image, I pushed it much further for a more dramatic lighting effect. I use a “sliver of light” to cut through the illustration. I also cooled down the upper and lower thirds to emphasize the sliver of warm light.