Before stepping forward on any development, The most important step is to understand the motive and story behind any potential project regardless of it's size. This can translate into research or any source of activity that can help gain an understanding and most importantly, inspiration to build from.
As important as research, every finalized graphic begins with a heavy preliminary set of conceptual sketches. This helps us translate any ideas to life in a visual perspective. Once the concept sketch is approved or revised. It is then refined to a degree depending on the digital treatment it's about to undertake.
The finalized sketch is then scanned and exported to an application where it begins to get it's digital treatment. This application is only used as a tool to help filter and fine-tune into it's finishing graphic.