Good day, good people of the orange community. As the title suggests, it is not a tricks and techniques sbs, we'll not entirely. I would like an idea of what I do when presented with a project that I do not have a ready plan for. Usually, after I find out who my PP is, first thing I do is troll around the social networks, FB and here, and try to get an idea of what my PP likes to paint. That usually takes a few days of background work. If I find my PP in FB I look for some interesting photos of the person that I could encorporate in my concept. Next, I search local legends and myths using my PP'S city. If there's anything interesting I would then sit down and start scribbling ideas. Taking my PP 10 as an example, Michael lives in Lausitz, Germany and in my research I found this legend of the Lindorm dragon. According to legends, the dragon main diet includes people. It is also said that this dragon has the ability to turn into a man in which form it destroys lives instead of feeding on men. Armed with my sketchpad and a B4 pencil, I would sit down and start doing thumbnails. When I find one that I like I would then transfer that onto my substrate. There are a number of ways I do this. With a tracing paper, carbon paper or, in this case, I just drew the line drawing again. From there I do the usual stuff, underpainting with white, getting the darks and textures in the right place. Then alternating between burnt umber, yellow ochre and red ochre, I glazed over everything, reinforcing the contrasts and textures.