I start with brainstorming. I have major undiagnosed/untreated ADD (probably ADHD), and if I don’t write down ideas as they flash across my brain, they’re gone forever. I’ll usually send myself an email with little bits and pieces of ideas. Then I go to visuals…what can I actually communicate visually? Does it need text? Then it’s image research and sketch time. Then over the sketch I try to do a more finished piece.
My background is mostly in stencil design & street-art stuff when NOT messing with digital stuff. I lost my studio access when covid hit though, and I had to learn to use Autodesk Sketchbook on a borrowed work laptop (thankful for that at least) to keep creative. So I haven’t hand-cut a stencil in over a year, but I’ve found Woot derbies to keep me having fun with art.
As for a Woot style? I have none. I’ll draw whatever I think will sell (and I’m usually wrong)
Oh, and because most of the stuff that does well at Woot is so far away from my own personal taste & “anti-style,” I try to sub as many designs to derbies as possible, because I have no idea what will do well. I’ll have what I think is a sure-fire design that ends up with the least votes, or one that was a 10-minute throw away design that outperforms all of them. I know that subbing tons of designs grates on the nerves of some of the other artists, and I’m sorry, but it’s often my only way of standing a chance.
Whew…that was cathartic.