For every new project, whether it’s an illustration job, a novel, a script or a comic book, I always set up some rules for myself first. Like what colors to use, what pen to ink with, style and tone, page count. It can be anything, really. Key thing is; You have to obey your own rules, otherwise they’re useless.
With the illustrations for the “Fusion” rulebook, I decided that in every motif, there should be some light or shadow that wasn’t supposed to be there. Something a bit off. With “The Devil’s Concubine“, my dogma was to have a gun or a babe on every spread, something to catch your eye no matter where you open up the book.
When working creatively, a blank page isn’t necessarily the best start. Set some rules and you’re already ahead in the game.