Now, I won't be going into deep detail, holding hands on the way through this effect, or those digital brush strokes. What I am going to do is show the art I started with followed by the progression of that piece.
I didn't begin with a central concept. When it comes to artwork I rarely do. Concrete ideas tend to get in my way because I worry too much about the reality surrounding them. For instance, I don't have the mechanical skill necessary to draw a vivid shark, so will be distracted by an inability to create a real life portrait. But art isn't about having ever tool in the box. It's about working within the depths of limitation; if the shark isn't working, don't film the shark. As such I just start creating with a loose concept in the back of my mind -- paint a mood, silhouette, etc. Sometimes this means hours spent on a canvas, digital or otherwise, that yields nothing. It's when the abstract imagery tosses an idea into my head I finally get to run with it. In a way it feels like I'm stumbling across what my subconscious wants me to make.