Lately I have been working from life and photography training my eye for value. I have started to work from imagination, but I would like some structured guidance on how to proceed.
I have worked from imagination a bit on my own, and I usually begin by:
1.collecting as much reference as I can that's pertinent to the subject matter.
2. Silhouette drawings until I get a rough concept to develop further
3. Line drawings with basic shading to describe form.
I also plan on ordering Imaginative Realism How to Paint What Doesnt Exist by James Gurney. Any additional tips, books etc would be appreciated. I continue to plan my regular life/ photography value studies to continue to train my eye and develop a mental index of images for imagination.
Here is an example of one of my latest value studies