As usual, I read the story a few times, listing elements that I felt were good visual hooks to help push the story into the viewer’s mind and create interest. From there I started putting pencil blobs on paper, generally sketching major shapes of what I thought would be different elements.
Thumbnails to establish the composition
A more finished sketch to develop the figures.
An outline sketch to move shapes around and decide on the composition.
The final sketch drawn directly to the board.
A strong acrylic wash to seal the colored pencil, and leave some peeking through in the finish.