Preparing the image digitally
After a few initial pencil sketches the image is scanned and then prepared digitally using image processing software. The reference material I use is either public domain photos found online or ones that I have taken specifically for each project in mind. I use simple brushes to create the vector-like layers to simulate the actual reduction method. I generally try and keep my layers at minimum numbers while at the same time maintaining a high, as possible, level of richness and complexity in my image.