chapter  1
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– Before We Start

Some people approach their work as if they are being led by the wind – moving back and forth, making major decisions and changes all the way until the very end. This only makes sense if you don’t have a specific goal in mind. That’s how you should work if you’re exploring in a sketchbook or experimenting on a personal project without any specific deadline. On the other hand, anytime you do work for someone else – a class assignment, a freelance commission, or as an employee, there’s an expectation that the work will be complete (and wonderful) by a specific due date. This is where having a rock-solid working process is a great help. The process outlined below will get you from an initial assignment to a finished painting. It has nothing to do with technique – whether you’re working with paint, pixels, or pencils, here’s how the pros handle their work.