The Plaid Zebra approached me to do an illustration about the CIA's use of LSD in the 1960's as truth serum, code-named Project Midnight Climax. Below you'll see my process from the very beginning stages, to the final illustration.
1. Brainstorming and Conceptualizing: brainstorming, for me, is the most important part of the whole process. It's the part I hated the most in school, and still gives me anxiety to this day.. but it's absolutely vital that I trust my system. I follow the same process (the amazing illustrator) Roman Muradov uses, which is essentially controlled brain-dumping. I'll jot down all the main ideas from the article (nouns, verbs that pop out), branch off from those ideas to sub-ideas, and try to make interesting connections.
2. Fully forming ideas and putting your best foot forward
3. Concept Selection and Followthrough
4. The Final Piece