Figured I'd use this first post to talk about the process behind my banner image.
Once I had decided on a title, I drew up a quick thumbnail at work, then developed it into a full sketch at home.
The face in the first sketch wasn't quite emotive enough for my tastes, so I went for a second pass and then combined the two sketches in Photoshop.
After that, I brought the sketch into Illustrator for some digital vector-inking.
From there, I took the lineart into Photoshop, added a torn paper texture behind it, and did a quick digital inkwash. Then it was just a matter of finding some adventurous lettering to lay over of the image.
And with that, voila! One illustration from concept to finished product.