Process - Sketches to Finals

I'm always interested to see how illustrators approach sketches for their assignments. We of course see the final artwork in print or online, but I also love seeing the initial concepts and evolution of imagery that got there.

Recently, Intercom shared a post about this, including initial sketches alongside the final illustrations. I've worked with them in the past and I'm a big fan of what they've been doing with their blog and artwork recently. It's cool to peek into the process in this way.

I wanted to share a few of my projects with them, including the original sketch and the final piece.

My sketches are fairly tight which means the final illustration is very close to the original concept. That's especially helpful for complex images, like the stairs with cacti. Sometimes I'll adjust elements as I go if something isn't working overall, but otherwise once the sketch is approved, I'm good to go straight to ink and color!

Illustrators, is your sketching process similar? More loose? More detailed? I'd love to hear how everyone approaches this and works best.